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YCIS Beijing Students: Speaking Up for Themselves

December, 2009
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Students at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) have recently been showing their public speaking skills in both English and Chinese. At the first debate and speech competition held at Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) on November 28, YCIS students performed very well with two Year 7 students, Isabella Duffy and Capucine Brunet tied for first place in the individual speech competitions.ycis-speech-comp-s

In the debate competition, 30 teams from across Beijing discussed whether or not food aid should be given. Annabelle McCombe and Florence Hellon made it to the final with the topic “Should schools abolish grades?” Annabelle and Florence did a great job and came in second overall. Students received a lot of support and encouragement from their teachers who run a weekly Model United Nations after school club which gives students ample opportunity to perfect their public speaking and debating skills.

As a bilingual school, YCIS also teaches the skills needed to make good speeches in Chinese. In the recent secondary school Chinese speech competition 280 students participated in class competitions and the winner from each level presented their speech in the auditorium. The speeches were wonderful and featured topics such as ‘The Environment’, ‘Love and Caring’ and ‘2009 In My Eyes’. Many members of the audience commented on the impressive Mandarin fluency of YCIS students.

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