Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



APU student claims grand prize at Japanese speech contest for foreigners


Oct 21, 2011

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, four APU international students competed at the ‘9th Japanese Speech Contest for Foreigners’ held at Yoshikan High School, Oita City. All of the APU participants claimed prizes including PHAM Le Hong Phuc (APM4, Vietnam) who was awarded the Grand Prize.

Hosted by the Goto Gakuen Trust, this annual contest is held in order to promote international understanding and is open to foreigners who have lived in Japan for less than 5 years. Nineteen exchange students based in Oita Prefecture submitted entries of which fourteen were selected for the contest including four students from APU.

Each of the APU students impressed the judges and audience of Yoshikan High School students with their fluent Japanese skills and were able to show the results of their daily efforts to maser the Japanese language.

Grand Prize winner, PHAM Le Hong Phuc, delivered a speech under the title of “where the nursery tales begin” during which she illustrated episodes from her early days in Japan and the support she received from members of the community. Her speech spoke of how she wants to spread the Japanese community spirit around the world. Ms. PHAM commented on her success, “I don’t have a lot of confidence in my Japanese pronunciation so I spent many hours practicing in front of my Japanese teachers and friends and paid special attention to my pronunciation when I finally delivered the speech. Winning the grand prize has given me more confidence in my Japanese ability”.

In addition to Japanese and English language education, APU also offers study opportunities in six languages of the Asia Pacific region at the Centre for Language Education. Making up almost half of the student body, APU’s international students also take advantage of opportunities to study Japanese outside the classroom through extracurricular activities and exchange events with the local community. APU international students’ high level of Japanese proficiency continues to be highly regarded by Japanese industries and businesses.

8th Japanese Speech Contest for Foreigners:
Grand Prize: PHAM Le Hong Phuc (APM4, Vietnam)
Theme: "Where the nursery tales begin"
3rd Place: Lee Halin (APM3,Korea)
Theme: "What I learnt through education – real education"
The Yomiuri Shinbun Seibu Prize: Yang sihui (APM4, China)
Theme: "The World and Japan as seen from my perspective"
OBS Oita Broadcasting System Prize: Zhang Yu (APM4, China)
Theme: "Aim for the future and be an achiever"

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