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About the Competition


The ‘Time to Talk’ Public Speaking Competition 2020/21 is organised by the  Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) Section, Curriculum Development Institute (CDI), Education Bureau.


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 their communication skills.

Design of the ‘Time to Talk’ Competition

‘Time to Talk’ is a pilot competition in the 2020/21 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 1 of the competition is conducted for internal selection purposes 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, or schools from the same school-sponsoring body).
  • Round 2 is the final and will have a total of about 10 to 14 teams (TBC) from various schools per session.

Note: If face-to-face classes are suspended due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the ‘Time to Talk’ Public Speaking Competition will be conducted in a different format, depending on the restrictions on social gathering at the time, and the same prizes will be awarded.

  • If small gatherings are allowed, students may be able to perform as a small group in front of the judges with no other audience at a location deemed appropriate.
  • If gatherings are heavily restricted, video recordings may be a consideration.

The revised Conditions and Regulations document will be sent out at least 1 month in advance to ensure sufficient time for preparation. Only schools which have entered the competition will be eligible to compete in the revamped competition. 

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