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Schedule of Events and Submission Deadlines


Event or Deadline

Related Document

September – October 2023

Invitation to take part in

Time to Talk

Email from the NET Section, CDI, EDB

  Mid-October 2023

Conditions and Regulations on EDB website and NET Scheme e-Platform

Conditions and Regulations

24 October 2023 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 


Briefing session (online)

EDB Training Calendar System (TCS) notification – online application 

(Course Code: CSD020240279)

  28 & 30 November 2023




Public Speaking Series: Speaking with Purpose (Blended) (Re-run)

EDB Training Calendar System (TCS) notification – online application (Course Code: CSD020240285)

4 December 2023

Deadline for submission of entry forms

Time to Talk Competition Entry Form

December 2023 to April 2024


Round 1 to be held in schools

Email reminder

May 2024

Face-to Face-competition followed by award announcement and/or prize presentation on the event day (TBC)

Email from the NET Section, CDI, EDB, to notify schools of the confirmed date

Permission for the Use of Images Form

(to be submitted 2 weeks before the day of the competition, only electronic copies will be accepted).

Presentation slides (to be submitted 2 weeks before the day of the competition). No changes can be made after this date. 



Schools are strongly encouraged to send one or preferably two English teachers (one of whom may be the NET) to attend the professional development workshop on public speaking on 30 November 2023. 

Teachers will need to:

  • attend the online briefing session on 24 October 2023;
  • hand out and collect parental consent forms for the NET Section to take images of students for later possible use for educational purposes and for uploading to the Internet;
  • participate fully in all public speaking activities at the professional development workshop;
  • use what they have learnt to prepare their students for the competition;
  • facilitate the development of the speech and ongoing training of students;
  • organise a Round 1; and
  • make arrangements with the NET Section for prize collection (including certificates of participation) within 2 months after the competition.

Students will need to:

  • participate fully in any training sessions organised by their teachers in preparation for the competition;
  • participate in Round 1of the competition; and
  • take part in the competition by giving a public speech, in a team of 2 – 4, for 3 – 4 minutes.
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