Korean Speech Contest

2020 Online Korean Speech Contest

2020 Online Korean Speech Contest

To commemorate the 574th Anniversary of Hangul Day (October 9, 2020), the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles (KCCLA) and the King Sejong Institute Center, USA are pleased to announce that this year's Korean Speech Contest will be in the form of video submissions.

Please note these revised dates and format.

Event Information All times are in Pacific Daylight Time

  • Submission period: September 14 - October 9, 2020
  • Evaluation period: October 13 - 14, 2020
  • Announcement of winners: Thursday, October 15, 2020 (http://www.kccla.org and https://www.ksicusa.com)
  • Online awards ceremony: Friday, October 16, 2020 (TBA)
    (Schedule is subject to change without notice, depending on unforeseen circumstances.)


  1. At least 18 years of age, on date of submission
  2. All King Sejong Institute students in the United States OR
  3. Any Korean learners in the US (including college students/general public), whose native language IS NOT Korean


  1. Personal experience with Korean language and/or culture
  2. Anything related to Korea (e.g. food, travel, history, arts, entertainment, K-pop, current events, etc.)

Content Length

  1. Introductory/Basic Course Division: Up to 2 minutes
  2. Intermediate/Advanced Course Division: Up to 3 minutes

Content Format

  1. Video Format: MP4
  2. Video Resolution: 1080P (also known as Full HD)
  3. Please do not exceed the time limit
  4. Video must be your own original work and created in Korean
  5. If you borrow scenes or music from existing works, the source MUST be credited in your video

How to Submit

  1. Submit your video (MP4 format ONLY) with the completed Consent and Release Form to speechcontest@kccla.org
  2. Submission deadline: 11:59pm on Friday, October 9, 2020 (Pacific Daylight Time)

* Only email submissions will be accepted. All entries must be complete as incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Consent and Release Form

Evaluation Criteria



Preparation and originality


Fluency and appropriateness to level


Accuracy of grammar and vocabulary


Pronunciation and enunciation

Awards Contestants will be evaluated in two divisions

  1. Introductory/Basic Courses
  2. Intermediate/Advanced Courses

* Please see the level placement chart below. For the general public, if you are unsure, please visit https://www.sejonghakdang.org/sjcu/levelTest/levelGuide.do to take the placement test.

Division/ Classification Introductory/Basic Courses Intermediate/Advanced Courses
Qualification KSI 1A or below KSI 1B or above
College students/general public
Any Korean learners whose native language IS NOT Korean
First Place (1 Winner) Samsung Tablet ($500 value) Samsung Notebook Computer ($800 value)
Second Place (2 Winners) Samsung Tablet ($250 value) Samsung Tablet ($500 value)
Third Place (3 Winners) $100 Amazon e-Gift card Samsung Tablet ($250 value)
Korean Culture Award
(50 winners)
$10 Amazon e-Gift card

1. The prize allotment is subject to change without notice.
2. The total number of prizes awarded may be adjusted depending on the total number of valid submissions

Judgment Rating Sejong Korean Reference Rating Judgment Rating Sejong Korean Reference Rating
1A Sejong Korean 1 3A Sejong Korean 5
1B Sejong Korean 2 3B Sejong Korean 6
2A Sejong Korean 3 4A Sejong Korean 7
2B Sejong Korean 4 4B Sejong Korean 8

Download Consent and Release Form