On October 19, the 3rd “Kyushu·Longxing Cup” Japanese Public Speaking Contest for Jiangsu’s College Students was held in Nanjing Forestry University. Under the guidance and leadership of Ms. Quan Xiaojing and Mr. Okanei Kazuki, Yang Xu from the Japanese Class 1802 of the School of Foreign Languages participated in the competition and won a third prize.
This competition is jointly sponsored by Jiangsu Branch of China Association for Japanese Language Teaching, Jiangsu Association for College Foreign Language Teaching and Kyushu Foreign Language Institute, with assistance from Longxing Education Technology Co., Ltd. A total of 32 contestants from more than 30 universities including Nanjing University and Southeast University participated in the competition. There are two rounds of competition. The first round is a three-minute prepared speech on the topic of “An Ideal University Life”. In this round of competition, the contestants fully demonstrated their Japanese pronunciation skills, public speaking skills and personalized features, and won the applause of the audience for their performance. Then, according to their speech performance, the top 11 contestants were selected to sit the second round of impromptu speech. In this round of contest, the contestants randomly chose a question on which to give a 90 second speech. The fierce and brilliant competition in this round actually showed the strength of the contestants. Towards the end of the competition, Japanese language educationist Oikawa Kohji made wonderful comments on the performance of each contestant with humorous and interesting diction. The comments were not only inspiring, but also offered a lot of useful advice to the contestants, which became one of the highlights of the competition.
The “Kyushu·Longxing Cup” Japanese Public Speaking Contest is an influential and well-acknowledged contest in Jiangsu province. By taking part in this contest, JSU students not only improved their Japanese capability, but also accumulated precious experience and knowledge for their future learning of Japanese. (School of Foreign Languages)