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About the Competition

Regrettably due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the competition has been cancelled.



The Regional NET Coordinating Team (RNCT), Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) Section, CDI, Education Bureau (EDB).


The ‘Time to Talk’ Public Speaking Competition is an inclusive competition that aims to engage students of all ability levels to:

  • learn public speaking techniques to hone their presentation skills;
  • experiment with the use of English to develop confidence in front of an audience; and
  • develop research, collaboration and IT skills to improve students’ communication skills.

Design of the ‘Time to Talk’ Competition

‘Time to Talk’ is a pilot competition in the 2019/20 s.y.  It is open to students from selected secondary schools in Hong Kong. Students will work in teams of 2 – 4 to deliver a public speech in English of 3 – 5 minutes, supported by the use of IT. The competition comprises two rounds, with Round 1 being conducted at the school level and Round 2 being the inter-school final.

  • Round 1of the competition is conducted for internal selection purpose within schools.  This round is designed for schools to engage as many students as possible in public speaking.  It can be school-based or it may be inter-school on a small scale (e.g. involving nearby schools, schools from the same school-sponsoring body). Round 1 must involve at least 4 teams.
  • Round 2 (finals), the territory-wide round, will have a total of about 10 to 14 teams (TBC) from various schools.


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