On November 10, 2017, the first English recital contest of the School of General Engineering (SGE) was held in Room D1120, New Main Building. The English recital contest was organized by the Student Union of SGE. Prof. Wen Dongsheng, Dean of SGE, Mr. Wang Zhihong, lecturer of Advanced English, Mr. Sebastian Wandelt, lecturer of Computer Programming and Design and Ms. Sun Xiaoqian, SGE’s Growth Mentor, served as judges. Ms. Zhao Haiyun, Vice Dean of SGE, Zhao Qiudi from Office of General Affairs and Zhou Siqi, Student Counsellor, attended this contest. All freshmen students of SGE attended the competition.
There were 11 contestants in the English recital contest. They showed distinctive personalities through different and brilliant contents and styles. They chose to recite from a wide range of topics such as the English version of a traditional Chinese poem titled Guanju with rich knowledge of the culture, excerpts from the children’s novel "The Little Prince", declaration of an ambitious engineer and improvising a speech on “Magic”. They spoke with iambic tones, harmonious gestures, and took the audience on a visual, auditory and sensory journey. After a fierce competition, Li Tianhao won the first prize, Zhang Jingzhi, Zhang Jingwen and Zhang Hexuan, the second prize, Han Shaohang, Gao Rui and Zheng Jia, the third prize. The competition ended with a thunderous applause.
Prof. Dongsheng warmly congratulated all the students who participated in the competition. He pointed out that the progress made by all students had been very gratifying to watch, and he was very excited about the future. He also encouraged the students to participate in various activities more actively to continue polishing their language skills as well as personalities.
This English recital contest improved students' confidence and the competence of oral expression and helped them learn some basic skills of English recitation. We sincerely hope that they can keep working hard in the future and put the philosophy of SGE – studying both Chinese and Western ideas while keeping in line with international standards – into practice.