The first edition of the “English Book Review Contest” jointly organized the Tainan City Government’s Office of English as the Second Official Language (OEASOL) and Caves Bookstore received 1,358 submissions in just three months’ time. The contributors were of all ages, and there was even a submission from an 88-year-old! The elementary school category received the highest number of reviews, accounting for nearly 70 percent of all submissions. Heshun Elementary School, Yizai Elementary School, and Shengli Elementary School were the elementary schools with the highest number of submissions. The top 10 contributors in terms of the number of entries received the “Dedicated Bookworm Award,” and the 20 reviews that received the most number of likes were awarded the “People’s Choice Bookworm Award.” The organizer also specially created the “City Employee Special Award,” which had one winner. The awards ceremony was held today (Nov. 1) at Yonghua Civic Center.
In his speech, Tainan City Government Deputy Secretary-General and OEASOL Director Lee Hsien-wei said this year’s Tainan English Reading Festival was composed of a series of exciting and interesting activities, including Peppa Pig’s Story Time, Celebrity Lectures on English Learning, ArtSpot Educational Theatre, and the English Book Review Contest. All received wide public acclaim, and this response showed how enthusiastic Tainan residents are to learn English.
Tian Yi-ning finished first in the ranking for the “Dedicated Bookworm Award” by contributing 97 book reviews, the highest number out of all contributors. The judges said that although her writing was quite simple, the reviews fully demonstrated the unaffected nature of children. As Tian also submitted a high number of reviews, they decided to reward her, thereby encouraging her to maintain her good reading habit.
A Xinying Elementary School third grader surnamed Shen finished first in the ranking for the “People’s Choice Bookworm Award.” Her review of “Jack and the Beanstalk” received over 15,000 likes for its meticulous and vivid description of the thrilling scene where the giant chases Jack. She began reading English books on a daily basis starting at the age of four and also listened to audiobooks. She can now even read short stories with ease. A Fuxing Elementary School student surnamed Wu was also a recipient of the “People’s Choice Bookworm Award” after her review garnered 14,000 likes. She said she developed the habit of reading English books in kindergarten, and wanted to share her favorite books with everyone through the English Book Review Contest.
In addition to the aforementioned three awards – the “Dedicated Bookworm Award,” “People’s Choice Bookworm Award,” and “City Employee Special Award” – there was also the “Tainan Loves Reading Award.” Any resident who submitted a review was eligible to participate in a prize draw. The prizes included the latest model iPad, suitcases, and picture book series. The list of winners was published on Oct. 26 (Friday) on the “Tainan English Reading Festival” website and OEASOL website for the reference of residents.
The OEASOL said the Tainan English Reading Festival is ending shortly. It reminded the public that the festival’s website offers a wealth of free English study resources. The special “English study resources” zone has a list of large online domestic and foreign English-learning platforms, as well as hundreds of Oxford children’s e-books and listening tests of differing levels. These resources can be used for free until Dec. 31, and residents are encouraged to make good use of this singular opportunity.
Tainan English Reading Festival’s website: http://www.tainanlovesreading.com.tw/
List of “Tainan Loves Reading Award” winners