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CUHK English Public Speaking Competition 2023

CUHK English Public Speaking Competition 2023

CUHK English Public Speaking Competition 2023


It aims to promote English public speaking on campus, and provide an opportunity for students to practice and showcase their English public speaking skills.


The winners will also have a chance to represent CUHK to compete in the annual National English Speaking Competition (Hong Kong Region) organized by China Daily.


(Details of the National English Speaking Competition can be found on their website)


Topic: “My Interpretation of Civilization”

Preliminary (4-min Prepared Speech on the above topic)


Video submission deadline: April 3, 2023 (Monday) at 11:59 p.m.

Video submission guidelines: Procedures for Video Submission

Grand Final (4-min Prepared Speech on the above topic + 2-min Impromptu Speech)


Date: Apr 14, 2023 (Friday)

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Venue: LSK LT4

Panel of Judges:

  • Dr Jose Lai, Director of the English Language Teaching Unit
  • Experienced English (public speaking) experts and scholars will be invited as judges


  • All CUHK full-time undergraduate students who are non-native speakers of English



  • Champion: HK$3000 Amazon gift card
  • 1st runner-up: HK$2000 Amazon gift card
  • 2nd runner-up: HK$1000 Amazon gift card
  • Trophies and certificates for all winners
  • Winners of the competition will be nominated to represent CUHK in the Hong Kong regional round of The “21st Century Cup” National English Speaking Competition (provided that they fulfil the eligibility criteria) which will take place in June and July 2023.


  • The script used/speech delivered must be ORIGINAL and must not have been used in any previous courses or competitions.
  • The content of the speech must NOT contain any material that infringes copyright. Plagiarized speeches will be disqualified.
  • Contestants’ performance will be evaluated in terms of:

       * Content      * Language use      * Verbal and non-verbal delivery

  • Contestants who are under-timed or over-timed by 30 seconds will be disqualified.
  • The organizer reserves the right to interpret and amend the above rules.


  • The organizer reserves the right to edit and use the submitted entries, photos and video recordings of speech performances in the competition for future promotion or educational (teaching or research) purposes.
  • The organizer reserves the right to nominate candidates other than the winners of the competition to participate in the National English Speaking Competition, should the winners be unable to fulfil the eligibility criteria as stipulated by the organizers of the National Competition.
  • The organizer reserves the right to revise the terms and conditions without making any advance announcement.

**Registration and video submission deadline: 3 April 2023 (Monday) at 11:59 P.M.**

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