Recently, the final selection of Nankai University’s division of the 21th“21st Century Coca-Cola Cup” National English Speaking Competition was held. Judges were Prof. Ma Hongqi, assistant to the dean of the College of Foreign Languages, vice Prof. Chang Hongling of the Department of Translation, Miss Sui Yanyan of the Department of English, Stephen, a foreign teacher of the College, and President Zhao Zhiming of Shiningway Education. Three students of Nankai University were selected into the Final of Tianjin Division.
There were 11 candidates taking part in the competition. They were from many different departments of the University, and already showed their talents in the Internet Selection and Preliminary Selection of the university. The topic of the speech was “Two cheers for ‘Made in China ’”. After the speech, the candidates needed to deliver a speech without preparation and answer judges’ questions. Li Yuan, Zhou Luyang and Zhang Yankun of the College of Foreign Languages were successfully selected in to the Final of Tianjin Division.
This competition also started the Month of Construction of Academic Atmosphere of the College. It is hoped that the competition would help create an academic atmosphere in the College, and the College would provide further and stronger support for students in participating in competitions.
Since its founding in 1996, the “21st Century” National English Speaking Competition has become a traditional project in the English teaching domain, strongly supported by experts, teachers and students in English language learning. It has also been chosen as the annual international English speaking competition by the English-Speaking Union in London and as the only selecting competition in China. This time, the competition was co-hosted by China Daily and Coca-Cola Greater, and organized by the College of Foreign Languages of Nankai University.