The English Speech Contest was taking place in Kuang-Fu Junior High School today, and over eighty schools, including public and private junior schools, had their students participate in this contest. Those schools were divided into four groups based on the number of their classes to create a fair chance for all. To show their concern for this competition, several high-ranking officials came to pay their respect to the teachers who dedicated so much to coach their students.
Three given topics were “A Book I Will Never Forget”, “All That We Have to DO For Our Earth” and “If I Were The Mayor of Taichung City”. Therefore, contestants were supposed to have sufficient time in preparation for the three topics beforehand. Each contestant had to draw lots to decide which topic he or she was going to present and got six minutes to prepare for it. Those little mayors-to-be did voice their valuable perspectives on education, culture, environmental protection and transpiration of Taichung City that maybe the real mayor should heed and take action accordingly.
Delivery and content accounts mostly for the judges’ evaluation for each contestant. If you closed your eyes and just listened, you would think you were listening to a native speaker because some of the students’ pronunciation, intonation and stress were so perfect that made the judges’ job even more challenging. As for the content, a judge specifically pointed out that it should relate to students’ real life and allow their imagination to run free. Personal styles were encouraged as long as they are properly and naturally performed to help get their points across
No matter what the outcome was, each contestant already got their English proficiency recognized and was given such a wonderful opportunity to be able to compete with the elites of other schools. Of course, for those who were awarded, we congratulated on your remarkable achievement because you truly proved yourselves; for those who weren’t, take it as a good learning opportunity and keep polishing your speech skills because you are going to win the next speech contest some time in your life. Who knows?