RULES AND GUIDELINES

  • All rules and regulations are set up by the Oppie Tong Af/ Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip Of Your Tongue organisers and needs to be adhered to throughout.
  • Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip Of Your Tongue takes no responsibility for any injury or loss of any nature during any part of training sessions or during a competition period.

Participants will be disqualified should any of the below apply:

  • A participant that is adjudicated by a friend, family member or coach.
  • Two or more participants performing the same speech.
  • Individuals or groups NOT collecting feedback, certificates or prizes THEMSELVES at the end of sessions.
  • No video recordings or voice notes will be allowed during any performance. Failing to adhere to this rule will result in disqualification of the entire participating school.
  • Unprepared sections: No guidance from parents, coaches or teachers will be tolerated. Breaching this rule will lead to the disqualification of the entire participating school.

Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip Of Your Tongue Rules:

  • All information and correspondence from Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip Of Your Tongue is available on our webpage www.oppietongaf.co.za
  • The value of this project is to find your identity as a public speaker. Although 2020 brought our Nation to a standstill, we need to push forward and develop as individuals, therefore no speech delivered in 2020 will be re-evaluated in 2021.
  • All participants will take part in school uniform. Only the Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip Of Your Tongue badge is allowed. No achievement pins or colours are allowed.
  • All entries will be done and paid for electronically on the Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip Of Your Tongue webpage under the enrolment tab.
  • No entry will be accepted without the participant's name and topic.
  • Email proof of payment to vorster@oppietongaf.co.za.
  • Ensure that you enter under the correct sectionsGroups Consist out of 4 Participants. FEES WILL NOT BE REFUNDED SHOULD AN ENTRY NOT COMPLY WITH THE OPPIE TONG AF/ ON THE TIP OF YOUR TONGUE RULES. THESE FEES WILL BE REGARDED AS A DONATION TOWARDS THE PROJECT.
  • Participants can take part in both prepared and unprepared sections.
  • No unprepared questions will be asked to participants at prepared sections. The aim is to evaluate the prepared speech only.
  • One speech with the same content cannot be entered under multiple sections or different language categories.
  • Changes to the program will be done by the Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip Of Your Tongue organisers only.
  • Creative and pure language will be promoted throughout.
  •  Foul language will not be tolerated.
  • Adjudicators will have a feedback session after each section as indicated on the program.
  • The adjudicator’s decision remains final.
  • In 2021 there will only be one “LIVE” online competition in each province. The amount of speakers invited to the National final event within each province will be determined by the amount of entries received within that specific province.
  • Depending on the Covid-19 regulations Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip Of Your Tongue will host our glamorous National Final event “LIVE” in October 2021 in Gauteng.
  • Winners will be announced within three days after the competition has been concluded and will be available on the Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip Of Your Tongue website.
  • The best speaker or group in each grade from the following sections from the different provinces will be invited to take part at the National final which will take place in October.

OORREDINGSTOESPRAAK: AFRIKAANS INDIVIDUEEL VOORBEREID

PERSUASIVE SPEECH: ENGLISH INDIVIDUAL PREPARED

OORREDINGSTOESPRAAK: AFRIKAANS SPAN VOORBEREID

PERSUASIVE SPEECH: ENGLISH GROUP PREPARED

  • The best speaker or group in each grade from the following sections from the different provinces will be invited to take part at the National final which will take place in October. However, on National level they will compete in the next age groups: Gr1-3, Gr4-5, Gr6-7, Gr8-9 and Gr10-12. A winner of each group will be determined.

AFRIKAANS: MOTIVERINGSTOESPRAAK

ENGLISH: MOTIVATIONAL SPEECH

AFRIKAANS: VERMAAKLIKHEIDSTOESPRAAK

ENGLISH: ENTERTAINMENT SPEECH

AFRIKAANS: DIE GOUE TONG

ENGLISH: THE GOLDEN TONGUE

OORREDINGSTOESPRAAK: AFRIKAANS INDIVIDUEEL ONVOORBEREID

PERSUASIVE SPEECH: ENGLISH INDIVIDUAL UNPREPARED

OORREDINGSTOESPRAAK: AFRIKAANS SPAN ONVOORBEREID

PERSUASIVE SPEECH: ENGLISH GROUP UNPREPARED

  • No results will be announced during sessions. All participants receive an Adjudicator’s comment form.
  • Participants with the highest percentage achieved on provincial level will be taken into consideration to participate on National level. The minimum requirement in order to be taken into consideration to participate on National level is 88%.
  • Final: All speakers that are invited to the final are required to attend the prize giving. Failure to do so or leave before the formalities are concluded will result in an automatic forfeit of the place achieved on National level.
  • Speakers are not limited to themes, therefore they are allowed to choose any topic that they feel strong about. Ensure the nature of the speech is in line with the chosen section and topic. We encourage the speakers to change their world, their country and immediate environment.

Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip Of Your Tongue guidelines:

This is how easy it will be to connect to the “LIVE” online platform.

Connect from your smart phone:

  1. You need to own a smart phone with a camera.
  2. Ensure that your smart phone is charged for your performance.
  3. You will need a dependable 3G internet connection or better.
  4. Download the BlueJeans app from your Google Play Store (Android) or IOS App Store (Apple). This is an audio and video conferencing medium.
  5. Participants will receive a unique code which will allow them to form part of the scheduled session in which they have to perform.
  6. Everyone or anyone can also login to enjoy the competition.

Connect from your PC:

  1. Google search “Blue Jeans conferencing”
  2. Open the Blue Jeans website.
  3. Under the “Solutions” tab click on “Meetings”
  4. Click on the “Join Meeting” link on the “Meetings” page
  5. Enter the unique code and enjoy the experience.

Keep in mind:

  1. Oppie Tong Af/ On The Tip of Your Tongue cannot take responsibility for poor internet connections. Ensure that your connection is stable. Test this beforehand.
  2. Participants need to available themselves to the timeslots as set out in the programme. Programmes will indicate registration times.
  3. This is still a National competition and we cannot afford for programmes to run late.
  4. It will remain the participant’s responsibility to connect to the session on time.
  5. Do your camera angle setup beforehand.
  6. Please keep this professional.
  7. All the participant contact numbers must be supplied to us via the organisers responsible for the entries
  8. Our adjudicator’s can only adjudicate what they see and hear.
  9. A photo of your feedback form will be sent to you via the whatsapp platform straight after your session.
  10. The following sections will be adjudicated in this way:
  • Oorredingstoespraak: Afrikaans Individueel Voorbereid
  • Persuasive Speech: English Individual Prepared
  • Afrikaans: Motiveringstoespraak
  • English: Motivational Speech
  • Afrikaans: Vermaaklikheidstoespraak
  • English: Entertainment Speech
  • Afrikaans: Die Goue Tong
  • English: The Golden Tongue
  • Afrikaans: Oorredingstoespraak Individueel Onvoorbereid
  • Persuasive Speech: English Individual Unprepared
  • Oorredingstoespraak: Afrikaans Span Voorbereid
  • Persuasive Speech: English Group Prepared

Pointers to adapt your public performance to a “LIVE” video performance.

  • It is not a pre-recording at all. This is a LIVE performance.
  • You are still addressing a live audience (your audience may vary).
  • Position your camera to display your head, shoulders and upper body to your waist. (We do not have to see your toes).
  • It is important that you find yourself in a well-lit, free of background noise, space for your performance. (Isolate yourself and focus on the task at hand).
  • Utilize hand gestures in a natural way.
  • You will only have one opportunity. Be prepared.
  • EYE CONTACT- you need to look into the camera to ensure eye contact with your audience. Do not pretend to have an audience. You are addressing a live audience through the camera lens.
  • The focus will fall on the following:
  1. The content of your speech
  2. The structure of your speech
  3. The presentation of your speech
  4. Communication skills and audience connection
  5. Performances need to be natural at all times (Candidates with a natural conversation approach will be promoted)

 

SECTIONS

English:

  • Individual prepared- Persuasive speech
  • Individual unprepared- Persuasive speech
  • Group prepared- Persuasive speech
  • Group unprepared- Persuasive speech
  • Entertainment Speech- Prepared
  • Motivational Speech- Prepared
  • The GOLDEN tongue- Persuasive speech

Afrikaans:

  • Voorbereide individueel- Oorredingstoespraak
  • Onvoorbereide individueel- Oorredingstoespraak
  • Voorbereide spanne- Oorredingstoespraak
  • Onvoorbereide spanne- Oorredingstoespraak
  • Vermaaklikheidstoespraak- Voorbereid
  • Motiveringstoespraak- Voorbereid
  • Die GOUE tong- Oorredingstoespraak

 Time frames for individual speeches:

Grade 1-3: 2-4 Minutes

Grade 4-5: 3-5 Minutes

Grade 6-7: 4-6 Minutes

Grade 8-12: 5-7 Minutes

Important: 1 point will be deducted for every 10 seconds exceeding these time frames!

Guidelines for individual prepared speeches (persuasive)

From Gr 1-12

  • Any argumentative topic may be used. Remember that an audience has to disagree with you. The aim is to persuade your audience to rethink your topic.
  • It has to be a persuasive speech with a convincing point of opinion, preferably three arguments, introduction and conclusion.
  • Preferably three convincing sources. Own opinion. Examples from own references which supports the arguments.
  • No unprepared questions will be asked in the prepared section. Only the prepared speech will be evaluated.

Guidelines for individual unprepared speeches (persuasive)

Applicable to Gr 5-12 participants

  • Participants receive a statements. From this they need to generate their point of opinion.
  • Students may use their own sources as long as it is trustworthy sources. Research is important.
  • Participants are allowed to bring electronic devices into the venue to make use of internet sources which will support their arguments.
  • Primary school students will receive one hour preparation time. They are required to deliver a speech between 2-4 minutes.
  • High school students will receive one hour preparation time. They are required to deliver a speech no more than 5 minutes.
  • No guidance from parents, coaches or teachers will be tolerated. Breaching this rule will lead to the disqualification of the entire participating school

Guidelines for prepared group speeches (persuasive)

From Gr 1-12

  • Any topic that is relevant. Newspaper headlines or poems may be used as a guideline to from a point of opinion.
  • A group consists out of four members (a chairperson and three other members that supports the group’s point of opinion).
  • It remains the chairperson’s responsibility to introduce each member and to conclude thoughts. Speaker one, two and three each take a stance with regards to the topic. Two or three arguments are required to support each speaker's viewpoint. Valid sources needs to support these arguments throughout. Own opinion is important.
  • The group will be evaluated as a whole.
  • A program needs to be handed in with the group’s names and topic
  • No decorative programs will be accepted as no marks will be allocated to programs.
  • Groups are allowed 12-14 minutes
  • One point will be subtracted for each 10 seconds exceeding the above mentioned time frame
  • No Costumes or unmotivated movements are allowed

Guidelines for unprepared group speeches (persuasive)

Applicable to Gr 5-12 participants

  • A group consists out of four members (a chairperson and three other members that supports the group’s point of opinion).
  • Participants receive a statement. From this they need to generate their point of opinion. Students may use their own sources as long as it is trustworthy sources. Research is important.
  • Participants are allowed to bring electronic devices into the venue to make use of internet sources which will support their arguments.
  • Groups will receive one hour preparation time. They are required to deliver an 11 minutes speech.
  • One point will be subtracted for each 10 seconds exceeding the above mentioned time frames.
  • It remains the chairperson’s responsibility to introduce each member and to conclude thoughts. Speaker one, two and three each take a stance with regards to the topic. Two or three arguments are required to support each speaker's viewpoint. Valid sources needs to support these arguments throughout. Own opinion is important.
  • The group will be evaluated as a whole.
  • No guidance from parents, coaches or teachers will be tolerated. Breaching this rule will lead to the disqualification of the entire participating school.

Entertainment Speech (prepared)

From Gr 1-12

  •  The speech must take on a comical nature. The aim is to entertain the audience. Speakers still have to take a stance.
  • The structure of the speech is important to support the speaker’s opinion. (introduction, three points, conclusion)
  • The take on the speech is not necessarily to convince the audience but rather to entertain. The speaker's opinion remains important.
  • The nature of the speech must be to entertain.
  • No Costumes or unmotivated movements are allowed.

Motivational Speech (prepared)

From Gr 1-12

  • The speech must take on a motivational / inspirational nature. Speakers still have to take a stance.
  • The structure of the speech is important to support the speaker’s opinion. (introduction, three points, conclusion)
  • The take on the speech is not necessarily to convince the audience but rather to give them hope. The speaker's opinion remains important.
  • The nature of the speech must be to inspire.

Guidelines for the GOLDEN Tongue (Persuasive speech)

From Gr 1-12

  • Participants receive a statement. From this they need to generate their point of opinion.
  • Structure of the speech- Introduction, point of opinion, preferable three arguments, conclusion.
  • Reliable sources must support the arguments. It is not necessary to mention dates when quoting sources. Students may use their own sources as long as it is trustworthy sources.
  • Primary school students will receive five minutes preparation time. They are required to deliver a speech between 2-4 minutes.
  • High school students will receive five minutes preparation time. They are required to deliver a speech no longer than 5 minutes
  • No guidance from parents, coaches or teachers will be tolerated. Breaching this rule will lead to the disqualification of the entire participating school
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