全民比賽哈單字 台南學子開口說英語故事Hot Words English Story-telling Contest Well-received by High School Students Across Greater Tainan

2017-12-16

為鼓勵學子踴躍下載利用臺南市民專屬免費英語學習資源-「哈單字」,臺南市政府特別主辦「哈單字 英文說故事比賽」,第一名獲勝者可獲一萬元禮卷。決賽於16日在臺南文創園區舉行,來自全市各個英文好手皆使出渾身解術,呈現最具創意的英文故事。比賽結果由黎明中學學生黃怡甄拿下國中組冠軍,高中組則由台南女中李孟臻奪冠。

   台南市政府第二官方語言辦公室(二官辦)表示,活動目的是鼓勵學子活用英文單字,創造出屬於自己的獨特故事,且能大聲說英文,學以致用發揮創意,達到最佳學習效果!為了吸引國高中學生參加,二官辦祭出豐厚獎品,冠軍更可獨得萬元禮券!

    承辦單位「臺南文創園區」說明,比賽分兩階段,初賽部分,參賽同學需繳交自行自行創作約五分鐘長的英文故事,內含三十個以上「哈單字APP」單字,內容須完全原創;決賽則以表演的方式朗誦自創的英語故事。

忠孝國中二年級的蘇同學表示,從得知比賽到報名投稿只有短短幾天時間,他必須在有限時間內查找單字,寫出文章並加緊練習,是鍛鍊英文說寫表達力很好的機會。陪同參賽的蘇媽媽說,透過這次比賽,除了讓孩子有機會展現平常練習的成果,更感覺他的英文實力又提升了,相當有意義。

     二官辦表示,英文單字要「懂得運用」才「有用」,期望透過比賽,能鼓勵學生練習靈活運用所學的單字,累積英文實力。

The final of the “Hot Words English Storytelling Contest” took place on Dec. 16 at Tainan Cultural and Creative Park. This event was specially organized by the Tainan City Government to encourage students to download and make good use of “Hot Words,” a free English learning resource exclusive to Tainan City residents. The first prize in the contest was vouchers worth a total of NT$10,000. Accomplished English speakers from all over the city put their storytelling skills to the test, creatively telling stories in English through words and gestures. Li-Ming High School student Huang Yi-zhen won the junior high school category, while National Tainan Girls’ Senior High School student Li Meng-zhen emerged triumphant in the senior high school category.

 

Tainan City Government’s Office of English as the Second Official Language (OEASOL) said the objectives of the event were to encourage students to creatively use English words to write their own unique stories, as well as to speak English aloud and apply their creativity to achieve the best learning results. The OEASOL offered great prizes to the winners to attract the participation of junior high and senior high school students. First-place winners received vouchers worth NT$10,000.

 

Tainan Cultural and Creative Park, the organizer, explained that the contest was divided into two phases. For the preliminary contest, participating students had to submit self-written English stories that were about five minutes long. The stories had to include at least 30 “Hot Words App” words, and their content had to be completely original. For the final, participants were required to read their original English stories out loud.

 

A Zhongxiao Junior High School eighth grader surnamed Su said he only had a few days to prepare from the time he heard about the contest to the registration and story submission deadlines. He had a limited amount of time to search for words and write a story, and also had to intensify the practice of his storytelling skills. He added this was a great opportunity to develop his English speaking, writing, and expression skills. Su’s mother accompanied him during the entire process. She said this contest allowed her child to show off the results of his everyday studies, and she also noticed that his English proficiency had gotten better, which was very significant.

 

The OEASOL said English words are “useful” only if people “know how to use them.” It hoped this contest was able to encourage students to practice the creative use of the words they learned and strengthen their English proficiency.