English Recitation & Speech Contest
(J１・J２・J３： 中学１年・２年・３年、A class： A組（英語特別クラスです））
Today, Shoin held its 18th Annual Recitation contest.
There were 6 students from J1, and they performed “The Ice Cream Man”.
There were 8 students from J2, and they performed “The Crow and the Pitcher”.
4 of the students, who were from A class, performed a longer version of the story.
There were and 7 students from J3 who joined the competition.
3 girls performed “Harry the Dirty Dog” and
the 4 girls from A class gave a speech which they wrote themselves.
The A class students also prepared their own PowerPoint slide shows.
In addition, there
were also 2 MCs which were selected from J3 A class.
They had the important job of introducing everyone and adding energy to this important event.
After all the performances
students from Shoin’s new “Global Stream” gave 2 special presentations
which included fun quizzes and 2 videos which they made themselves.
For each group, 2
prizes were awarded: 1st place and 2nd place.
The students were judged on 4 categories: Pronunciation, Rhythm, Clarity, and Expression.
The competition is judged by the principal, 2 vice-principals, and all the English teachers here at Shoin.
We even had a special guest judge, Mr. Bunch.
Mr. Bunch works for St. Michael International School in Sannomiya.
He is a very important partner for Shoin English education and
we were very appreciative he took time out of his busy schedule to help us with the contest.
Although there were
only 2 prizes, every student did an amazing job.
They had all practiced very hard not only to memorize their stories, but to perform them.
Their effort made the contest into a very special event.
This year’s contest
was unique in a few ways.
Due to Covid-19, last year’s contest had to be cancelled.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, performing students wore face shields.
Students and parents in the audience also had to maintain safe seating distances.
I hope this contest
has shown students,
whether they were on stage or in the audience,
that with effort their English ability can improve beyond their own imagination.