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7th "Kyushu & Yamaguchi Area Chinese Speech Contest for High School Students" Held

Dec 9, 2008

On Saturday November 22, 2008, the "Kyushu & Yamaguchi Area Chinese Speech Contest for High School Students" was held at the Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (CIAPU) in which 43 students from 12 schools from 6 prefectures participated and showed the results of their achievements.This contest was jointly held by the CIAPU and the High School Chinese Language Education Association, Kyushu Branch and aims to contribute to the promotion of Chinese language education at high schools in different prefectures in Kyushu, increase an interest in Chinese language study among high school students, promote Chinese language education and deepen people's understanding of Chinese culture.

CIAPU Director, Professor KORENAGA Shun said in Chinese in his opening address that he wanted the students to take advantage of the contest to further their study of Chinese and that they make their lives full. The presentations from the three Recitation, Reading and Free Essay divisions were then each given and the crowd was generous with its applause of the high school students who gave their speeches with gestures and sang their energetic songs in what was a nervous atmosphere. The judges then comprehensively evaluated each division looking at pronunciation, clearness, fluency and expression. 6 students were presented awards including KOBAYASHI Miki of Nagasaki Prefectural Sasebo Commercial High School.

At the conclusion of the contest, FURUKAWA Yutaka, head judge and OSAKA UNIVERSITY Professor gave a full review and said: "I felt that the level had improved compared to last year. Chinese pronunciation is so important that it is said that 'the study of the Chinese language starts and finishes with pronunciation'. I want you to work hard in your study, continue studying Chinese even after you graduate high school and work so that more of your friends come to have an interest in Chinese."

Results of the "7th Kyushu & Yamaguchi Area High School Student Chinese Speech Contest"

Recitation Section
1st KOBAYASHI Miki Nagasaki Prefectural Sasebo Commercial High School
2nd SHOUJIMA Riho Fukuoka Prefectural HAKATA SEISHO Senior High School
3rd NAGATA Akina Nagasaki Prefectural Sasebo Commercial High School

Reading Section
1st HIRAI Susumu Fukuoka Prefectural HAKATA SEISHO Senior High School
2nd URA Shiomi Nagasaki Prefectural Iki High School
3rd KIHARA Yoshihiro Yamaguchi Prefectural Kudamatsu High School

Free Essay Section
1st KAWANO Megumi Nagasaki Prefectural Iki Commercial High School
2nd KAWAMURA Akihito Nagasaki Prefectural Iki Commercial High School
3rd YAMAGUCHI Akina Nagasaki Prefectural Sasebo Commercial High School



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