The Latin Oratory contest consists of the effective and expressive delivery of a Latin passage.  WABC JCL uses the same passages as the NJCL convention.  Passages are available for download from the NJCL website.

Conventionally, the three modes of classical oratory were the Attic (stately and refined), the Asiatic (emotive and florid), and the Rhodian (a ‘mixed’ or blended style).  A contestant may choose any style of delivery, with the merit of the choice to be justified by the effectiveness of the performance.

Latin Oratory is NOT a sequestered event.  Anyone wishing to compete in it may do so at any point during the scheduled time.

N.B.  It is expected but not required that contestants will have their piece memorized; a contestant who refers to the passage or to notes of any kind during his or her performance will receive 0 points in the memorization category on the score card.



Awards are given by Latin level in the following divisions:

Latin ½

Latin 1

Latin 2

Latin 3, 4 and 5



Contestants are scored on the following criteria:

Category                                                         Points

Memorization                                                                 (20)

Pronunciation                                                                 (15)

Audience contact                                                           (15)

Natural gestures and oratorical style                              (20)

Enunciation and voice control                                        (15)

Phraseology and interpretation of passage                    (15)

Total                                                                               (100)


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