HHS's Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Contest

What It's All About

Bienvenue!  Willkommen!  Salvete!  ¡Bienvenidos!  The Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Contest (PRC), held annually in early December, gathers language students in each of our four languages — French, German, Latin, and Spanish — and from a wide range of high schools to recite poems in their target language before a panel of judges and an audience of peers and teachers. Bringing to this contest their sharp wits, these competitors impress us year after year with their level of preparation and flair for the "stage."  They aren't merely speaking these verses; they are performing them.

This year the PRC will take place on Tuesday, December 13th, with the snow date on Thursday, December 15th.  Students will "sign in" during the 8:15-8:45 a.m. block and make their way to their assigned rooms for a 9:00 start.  Throughout the morning, refreshments will be available in designated areas.  The event will culminate in the HHS Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. for the announcement of our winners.

Using the online registration form (linked at the right) or a downloadable version (below) that can be mailed back to us, please let us know by Wednesday, November 16th, how many of your students will participate and at which levels. The phone number is 603-643-3431 x 2607, or email.  You can follow the links at the right to access online versions of the poems.  PDF versions are also available as downloads.  We very much look forward to seeing you and your students in December.

Who May Compete

The Contest is open to any student studying one of our four languages at the high school level.  Each school may enter three students per level in each language.  The levels are as follows:
  • Year One (1st Year Students)
  • Year Two (2nd Year Students)
  • Year Three (3rd Year Students)
  • Year Four (4th + 5th Year Students)
How Students Will Be Scored

All students in French, German, and Spanish will recite one short memorized piece (poems, speeches, monologues, or songs) chosen from the three options provided.  Recitations will be in front of a team of volunteer judges, who will base their scoring per the criteria listed below. The required poems are available on language-specific webpages linked to this page.  Please note that props and costumes may be used, but are not considered in scoring nor are they necessarily encouraged.  Singing your selections is discouraged — an overly polite way of saying that students who sing their poems will be disqualified.

Scoring is focused mainly on the quality and inflection of the spoken language, and on the student's stage presence.  For the modern languages, the two judges at each recitation will evaluate each student according to these four criteria:
  • 50% Pronunciation
  • 30% Stage Presence and Delivery
  • 20% Memorization
Please note that Latin students are not required to memorize their selection, and will be evaluated as follows:  Pronunciation (50%) and Stage Presence / Delivery (50%).  See the Latin Poems page for more details.

What You Need to Bring to the Contest

A smile, a positive attitude, and the expectation of fun!

For more information, you can reach us by phone or email:

Department Coordinator, Brian Glenney (603) 643-3431 x 2610 — brian.glenney@hanovernorwichschools.org
Educational Assistant, Jane Soderquist (603) 643-3431 x 2607 — jane.soderquist@hanovernorwichschools.org


Online Registration Form
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016

See bottom of page for a downloadable (PDF) registration form.


PRC Home
French Poems
German Poems
Latin Poems
Spanish Poems



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PDF versions of this information are available as downloads below.

Jane Soderquist,
Nov 16, 2016, 9:56 AM
Jane Soderquist,
Oct 24, 2016, 11:12 AM