For immediate release:
Non-native Speakers of Japanese
Featured in Japanese Speech Contest
at Cal State L.A. on Feb. 26
What & Who:
California State University, Los Angeles will be hosting a Japanese Speech Contest, in order to stimulate a wider interest in Japanese studies and to promote academic Japanese learning within the community.
Saturday, February 26, 2005, 1 - 3 p.m.
Cal State L.A. Music 149. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available in Lots C and G, or the top level of North Parking Structure II.
The contestants should be non-native speakers of Japanese and current students of the Japanese language at high schools, two-year colleges, and universities, who have not lived in Japan for more than two consecutive years after the age of six. (Each contestant will speak on a topic of his or her choice, and the time limit of the speech will be seven minutes.) The selection of 25 contestants was on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on the contest, contact Toshiko Yokota, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Cal State L.A., at (323) 343-4230.
WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA Â California State University, Los Angeles is a comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los AngelesÂ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 20,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the cityÂs dynamic mix of populations. Cal State L.A. is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system. The University is noted for the Luckman Fine Arts Complex and critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra; its focus on alternative energy technology; the unique Early Entrance Program for gifted youngsters; the first of its kind Charter College of Education; and a renowned forensic science graduate program, among many others.
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