The Provincial-Level Semifinals of 2021 National “FLTRP · ETIC Cup” English Writing, Reading, and Public Speaking Contests were held on November 6th, 2021 in Shaoguan University in Shaoguan, Guangdong. The contests attracted 629 students including 147 speaking contestants, 241 reading contestants, and 241 writing contestants over 66 universities in Guangdong province. A total of nine SUSTech students represented SUSTech participated in the provincial-level semifinals. Four of them won 2nd-prizes and two won 3rd-prizes.
Four SUSTech undergraduates took part in the writing contests. They composed one expository essay and one argumentative essay within two hours. Zhang Zixuan finally won second prize and Zhou Sicheng won third prize. To prepare participant students for such writing contest, the Center for Language Education (CLE) provided a series of writing workshops targeting specific writing skills in the contest.
Of the four SUSTech contestants in the FLTRP reading contest at the provincial level, Zhai Jinglei and Jia Shiying won second prizes. Xie Xinran, who participated in both reading and writing semi-finals this time, won third prize. To support the contestants, CLE instructors conducted several training sessions on the topic of logic fallacies, reading comprehension, and reading based writing which were open to both the contestants and other students who were interested. With the efforts of the contestants and instructors, delightful results were achieved and SUSTech has made one step further in FLTRP contest.
For the speaking contest, Liu Siqi and Zheng Fujia participated in the speaking semifinal. Liu Siqin won 2nd prize. During the past five months, the speaking contest preparation team consisting of six CLE instructors has provided intensive training focused on both impromptu speaking and prepared speeches. Cui Junhao and Xiao Yiting, who participated in last year's speaking semifinal were also invited to share their experience with the two contestants, which proved to be very helpful.
Since May 2021, the CLE has organized 2021 "FLTRP · ETIC Cup” English Preliminary Contests on campus and offered our students full support. Fourteen CLE instructors formed three contest preparation teams to organize three contests respectively and coach the contestants for the provincial-level semifinals. It's the second time SUSTech students have signed up for all the three contests organized by FLTRP, and their trip to Shaoguan was a big success. All contestants appreciated the great learning opportunity. The CLE is proud of the contestants and the progress they have made at SUSTech. The CLE together with the SUSTech students will never stop our steps towards excellence!