Star Speakers Contest 2019

The Star Speakers Contest showcases the fun aspects of learning English and is also a great opportunity for students to polish their public speaking skills and develop their confidence when speaking in a public setting. Prizes will be awarded to young individuals who demonstrate the highest levels of proficiency in their English speaking skills in each of the following level categories: Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers.

We encourage students who have registered for or have recently taken a Cambridge English Young Learners exam with the British Council to enter the contest.

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Important Dates

  • Online application period: 20 March – 17 May 2019
  • First Round contestants notified: 23 May 2019
  • First Round: 1 June 2019
  • Finalists notified: 5 June 2019
  • 'My favourite performance' online voting period: 6 June – 5 July 2019
  • Grand Final and prize-giving ceremony: 6 July 2019

The Prizes (for each level)

  • Grand Prize: Prize value at HK$2,000, one trophy
  • 1st Runner-up: Prize value at HK$1,500, one trophy
  • 2nd Runner-up: Prize value at HK$1,000, one trophy
  • Merit Award: Prize value at HK$500, one medal
  • “My Favourite Performance” Award: Prize value at HK$500, one medal

All participants will receive a certificate.

Eligibility

Students who have registered for or have taken a Cambridge English Young Learners exam with the British Council are eligible to enter. We can only accept a limited number of entries for each level of the competition. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Topic materials

There will be a different topic for each level (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers), and new topics will be set for the Grand Final. All topics will be set by the British Council. In both the first round and the Grand Final, each contestant will be speaking on the same given topic as all other contestants competing at their respective level.

Contest topic materials are now available at the Application tab.

Finalists Selection

Ten finalists per level will be shortlisted (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers) by the judging panel from the British Council and Cambridge.

Judging Criteria

Content

  • Language: Is the standard of English good? Is a good range of language used?
  • Organisation: Is there a clear introduction, body and ending?
  • Timing: Does the performance meet the specified time requirements?

Style

  • Voice: Does the contestant speak clearly and project their voice well?
  • Body Language: Does the contestant maintain good posture and eye contact? Does the contestant use facial expressions and hand gestures?
  • Enthusiasm: Does the contestant show confidence and enthusiasm for the topic?

1. Eligibility

The applicant must:

  • be a permanent resident of Hong Kong
  • have taken a Cambridge English Young Learners test (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers or A2 Flyers) with the British Council (on or after 1 May 2018) , or have registered to take a Cambridge English Young Learners test (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers) with the British Council in the future.
  • We can only accept a limited number of entries for each level of the competition. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

2. Application timeline

  • Complete and submit the Star Speakers Contest 2019 online application form

    Deadline for applications: 23.59 (Hong Kong Time) on 17 May 2019

3. Announcement of First Round contestants:

  • All applicants will be notified of their application status by 23 May 2019.

4. First Round

The First Round contest will be held on 1 June 2019 at the British Council’s office in Admiralty.

5. Topics

Topic and suggested speaking time by level:

  • Starters: My Super Puppy (3 mins)
  • Movers: A Magical Day (4 mins)
  • Flyers: An Unforgettable Adventure (5 mins)

Contestants can compose and tell a story based on the given topic and bring props to their performance if they wish! This is a Contest for them to enjoy being on stage and have fun!

6. Announcement of finalists

  • Ten (10) finalists per level (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers) will be shortlisted by the judging panel from the British Council and Cambridge Assessment English.
  • The finalists will be announced on this site and notified via email on 5 June 2019.
  • Details of the topics that will be used in the Grand Final, along with related event details will be included in the notification email.

7. The Grand Final and prize-giving ceremony

  • The Grand Final will be held on 6 July at the British Council’s office in Admiralty. There will be three different contests (one for each level), and a prize-giving ceremony will be held at the end of the event.

8. Parental Consent Form

All applications submitted by the contestants’ attending institutions must obtain parental consent prior to their students registering to participate in the contest. Click here to download parental consent form.

9. Photographs and recordings

Parents/guardians must sign a consent form upon arrival at the First Round of the Star Speakers Contest 2019 on 1 June 2019. The form must be signed in order for the participant to compete.

10. Terms and Conditions:

In submitting an application, parents/guardians and institutions are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the contest listed here.

11. Child Protection Policy

The British Council recognises that we have a fundamental duty of care towards all of the children we engage with including a duty to protect them from abuse. We achieve this through compliance with UK child protection laws and relevant laws in each of the countries we operate in, as well as by adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1989. You can read our full policy on child protection in English.

12. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Working effectively with diversity is an essential part of the British Council’s work. For more details, please click here.

In cases of dispute, British Council reserves the right to make the final decision.

Enter the contest

Register for a Cambridge English exam and benefit from our special offer.

What is the Star Speakers Contest 2019?

Time to demonstrate your English ability! The Star Speakers Contest 2019 aims to showcase the role that fun out-of-school activities can play in learning English. Prizes will be awarded to young individuals who demonstrate the highest levels of proficiency in their English speaking skills.

Eligibility

1. Who is eligible for the Star Speakers Contest?

The Participant must:

  • be a permanent resident of Hong Kong
  • have taken a Cambridge English Young Learners test (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers) with the British Council (on or after 1 May 2018), or have registered to take a Cambridge English Young Learners test (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers or A2 Flyers) with the British Council in the future.

  • We can only accept a limited number of entries for each level of the competition. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

2. I took a Cambridge English Young Learners test with the British Council before 1 May 2018. Can I apply to participate in the Star Speaker Contest?

No. The Star Speakers Contest 2019 is for students who took their exam with the British Council on or after 1 May 2018 only.

3. Can I apply for the Star Speakers Contest if I have registered for a Cambridge Young Learners test but have not yet taken it, or if I am currently waiting for my Young Learners test result?

Yes, absolutely!

4. I didn’t take my Young Learners tests at the British Council or a British Council-attached Cambridge English Assessment centre. Can I still apply?

No. As the Star Speakers Contest is organised by the British Council and Cambridge English, it is essential that you took your Young Learners tests with us.

Application timeline

5. What is the deadline for applications?

Completed online applications should be submitted by 23.59 (Hong Kong Time) on 17 May 2019. We can only accept a limited number of entries for each level of the competition. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Topic materials

6. Are all contestants in the same level category given the same topic?

Yes. There will be one given topic per level (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers) and new topics will be set for the Grand Final. In both the first round and the Grand Final, each contestant will receive the same given topic as all other contestants competing at their respective level. All topics will be set by the British Council.

7. Where can I find the topic materials?

Topic materials are now available at the Application tab.

8. When will the topic materials for the Grand Final be available?

The topic materials for the Grand Final will be published on this website after the finalists are announced. Finalists will also receive an email notification with details of the topics that will be used in the Grand Final.

First Round

9. When and where will first round of the contest be held?

The first round will be held on 1 June 2019 at the British Council’s office in Admiralty. Further event details will be included in the notification email sent to applicants who have met all the eligibility criteria.

10. What criteria will be used for judging performances?

Participants’ performances will be judged according to the criteria listed below:

Content

  • Language: Is the standard of English good? Is a good range of language used?
  • Organisation: Is there a clear introduction, body and ending?
  • Timing: Does the performance meet the specified time requirements?

Style

  • Voice: Does the contestant speak clearly and project their voice well?
  • Body Language: Does the contestant maintain good posture and eye contact? Does the contestant use facial expressions and hand gestures?
  • Enthusiasm: Does the contestant show confidence and enthusiasm for the topic?

Selection of Finalists

11. How many finalists will there be?

Ten finalists will be shortlisted for each level (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers) by the judging panel from the British Council and Cambridge. Finalists will be notified of the results on 5 June 2019 via the email address used for application submission. The list of finalists will also be published on this website.

Grand Final details

12. When and where will the Grand Final be held?

The Grand Final will be held on 6 July 2019 at the British Council’s office in Admiralty. Further event details will be included in the notification email sent to finalists.

Enquiries

How do I contact the British Council examinations team with more questions?

Please contact our Cambridge English service team via email at [email protected] if you have any enquiries.

In cases of dispute, British Council reserves the right to make the final decision.

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Who should take this qualification?

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Special offer: HK$545 (original exam fee: HK$605)

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Who should take this qualification?

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Special offer: HK$605 (original exam fee: HK$675)

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Who should take this qualification?

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