PESA Judging Criteria
Judges will refer to the description of Plain English provided as the basis for the judging criteria.
A fundamental criterion is that contestants are required to speak in internationally acceptable English.
Content (25%)Speeches with a high interest value will be awarded a higher mark.
Language Use (25%)Contestants are expected to use Standard English and appropriate vocabulary.
Voice (25%)A good voice is one that is clear and where the message is effectively conveyed and understood. Intonation, pacing and volume should be varied and used to good effect.
Manner (25%)The message communicated should be sincere. The effective use of body language (e.g. facial expressions and gestures) will also be credited.
Primary, Secondary & JC/CI/ITE/POLY Categories
Language (40%)Contestants are expected to speak with grammatical accuracy and clarity. The effective use of language will also be rewarded.
Substance (30%)The substance of the speech must be relevant throughout to the topic given, be meaningful and easily understood.
Personal Voice (30%)Contestant should be natural, sincere and able to engage the audience.