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“Sophia University International Student Speech Contest in Japanese” was held for the first time

Ms. RENSHAW BRYAR from New Zealand

During the open campus week on Aug 3, “Sophia University International Student Speech Contest in Japanese” was held for the first time at BLDG No.6. About 1500 international students including exchange students are learning at Sophia University every year and nearly 600 students are studying Japanese. The contest was planned by Center for Language Education Research aiming to give an opportunity to improve their Japanese skill and present their achievement. Depend upon the class levels the contest was divided in two divisions, for beginners and intermediate to advanced level.

The judges

Four finalists for each section gave speech at the contest, 3 minutes for the beginners and 5 minutes for the intermediate and advanced. Audience was impressed by student speeches which covered various subjects about their family, their impression of Japan to social issues. Five judges including Kensaku Yoshida, Director of Center for Language Education Research and Kayoko Nakano from The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language considered carefully of student speeches in deciding the winners from an each section.

Ms Gan Ulzii Buyandelger from Mongolia

The winner of intermediate and advanced division was Ms Gan Ulzii Buyandelger of Mongolia. Her speech was about “New Resolution”. Wearing traditional national costume of Mongolia, she shared her desire which became apparent during a time of her job hunting to contribute in bridging Japan and Mongolia in her excellent Japanese.

Other winners
 Intermediate and advanced division: 2nd Place RENSHAW BRYAR(From New Zealand)
 Beginner division: 1st Place XIA YUNZI(From China)
 2nd Place: NOWITZKI ZBIGNIEW (From Austria)
※100,000 yen for winners and 50,000 yen for 2nd Place winners were awarded for their study support.

XIA YUNZI(From China) and Professor Kensaku Yoshida

Much support by other students was also given to the contest. Ms. CHOI SONGYOUN participated as a moderator for the contest who teaches Korean as a tutor at LLC. Also students from a student organization “Lingwave” supported international students in practicing their speeches.

Photo session in the end

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