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Year 8 Japanese Recital Competition (Issue 5 2017)

Written on the 6 April 2017

On the evening of Monday 27 March, Year 8 student, Ethan Tinnion represented Sacred Heart College at the annual Year 8 Japanese Recital Competition. The competition was held at the Education Development Centre in Hindmarsh and is run by the Japanese Language Teachers' Association of South Australia.

Twenty students from a range of schools around Adelaide met to compete. Ethan was the third student to present and did a fantastic job. He worked hard practising his pronunciation and used appropriate gestures in his presentation. Even though he was nervous, Ethan represented himself and the College really well, and was presented with a participation certificate and able to choose a prize for his efforts.

As part of the competition, all students were asked to memorise a set paragraph that introduced aspects of Japan, its culture and the origin of the Japanese language and writing systems. The students were judged by a native and non-native speaker on their pronunciation, fluency, intonation, presentation (gestures) and memorisation. As a Japanese teacher, it was pleasing to see Ethan have a go and step out of his comfort zone in trying something new. Congratulations Ethan!

Mark Semmler
Japanese Teacher



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