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Fourth Plain English Speaking Contest 2014-15 第四屆英語演講比賽 2014-15

posted Jul 16, 2015, 3:19 AM by Web Admin   [ updated Jul 16, 2015, 3:20 AM ]

Encouraged by the success of the first three Plain English Speaking Contests, the English Department of our school organised the Fourth Plain English Speaking Contest 2014-15 on 2 July 2015. The Fourth Plain English Speaking Contest is a public speaking contest for all Junior form students from schools in the New Territories and other government schools. Since the first contest, the scale of the contest has expanded over the years to include all government schools in Hong Kong, and schools in the New Territories this year. Also, in our continued efforts to promote plain English speaking amongst schools, a new category was introduced to include Senior form students in our contest this year. The contest is supported by the English Speaking Union, Hong Kong, and the NET Section, Education Bureau.

The Fourth Plain English Speaking Contest provided an avenue for students to sharpen their speaking skills and build confidence in public presentation, in addition to promoting the personal development of students through the use of clear and effective spoken English. 28 student contestants, representing all Junior form classes, attended a series of 3 training sessions conducted by our school’s NET. Through the training, the contestants learnt both speech writing and delivery techniques. The contestants subsequently put their oratorical skills to the test at the intra-school competition on 21 May 2015.

The Final of the Fourth Plain English Speaking Contest 2014-15 was held successfully on the morning of 2 July 2015 at Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School. This year, we were privileged to have the continued support of our distinguished panel of adjudicators from the English Speaking Union, Hong Kong, and the NET Section, EDB. The panel was presided over by Dr. Verner Bickley, MBE, Chairman of the English Speaking Union, Hong Kong. 17 Junior form finalists and 9 Senior form finalists from 9 schools were locked in an intense neck and neck competition. They delivered rousing speeches that earned the adjudicators’ commendation for the sheer quality and confident delivery of their speeches. The adjudicators were particularly impressed with the quality of the Senior form contestants who had to deliver impromptu speeches.

Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College won the coveted Championship and First Runner-up of the contest for Junior form; whilst South Tuen Mun Government Secondary School was the Second Runner-up. For the inaugural Senior form category of the contest, N.T. Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School clinched the Championship, with Queen Elizabeth School and Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College winning the First Runner-up and Second Runner-up, respectively. All finalists were certainly winners in their own right that morning - for their spunky performance in the presence of a huge audience, a very distinguished panel of adjudicators; and in English Language to boot.

繼過往三年成功舉辦英語演講比賽後,今年本校繼續舉辦第四屆英語演講比賽。這項比賽一直以來承蒙教育局外籍教師組的支持,為中學生提供一個公開演說英語的機會。自首屆英語演講比賽舉辦以來,比賽的規模與日俱增,今屆全港的官立中學及新界各中學均可參與比賽。為了推廣學生運用簡潔精煉的英語,是年更首次加插高級組即席演講的部分。

第四屆英語演講比賽透過公開演講,為同學提供一個增進演說技巧和提升自信的機會。我們希望學生透過運用簡潔而流利的英語來演說,從而提升他們的英語水平。本校二十八名初中同學參加了三場由本校外籍老師任教的公開演說技巧培訓班,並從中研習撰寫演講辭及演說的技巧。其後,他們於本年五月二十一日的校內選拔賽中發揮所長,互相較量。經過一輪比試後,1A陳駿彥、2B宗翠怡及4B黃天澤成功晉級,代表本校參加總決賽。

總決賽已於本年七月三日早上假本校禮堂順利舉行。本年度我們很榮幸能繼續邀請Dr. Verner Bickley, MBE,擔任比賽的首席評判。是次比賽有來自九間中學、共十七名初級組參賽者和九名高級組參賽者參加。當日賽況非常激烈,各評判對參賽者精彩和自信的表現都表示讚賞。

最後,在初級組方面,兩名來自保良局董玉娣中學的代表贏得本屆英語演講比賽冠軍及亞軍,季軍由南屯門官立中學的參賽者獲得。另外,新界鄉議局元朗區中學的代表於高級組比賽中榮奪冠軍,亞軍及季軍則分別由來自伊利沙伯中學及保良局董玉娣中學的同學奪得。當日每位參賽者以各種別出心裁的方式演繹講辭,不論各評判或是台下的觀眾都看得賞心悅目,共同度過了一個愉快的早上。


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