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XJTU Contestants Distinguish Themselves in English Speech Contest

   The Second Northwestern China Postgraduates English Invitational Tournament and the Eighth Shaanxi Postgraduates English Speech Contest was concluded on April 4, 2011 after two day’s competition. XJTU Contestants, Gao Shancui and Liu Yang, respectively won the first prize in the English Majors Group and the second prize in the Non-English Majors Group. Prof. Guo Jirong, their tutor, was awarded the Excellent Tutorship. XJTU stood out as the only participating university with winners in both groups.

This year, the Contest was co-sponsored by Shaanxi Provincial Office of Academic Degree and the magazine of China Research and was co-organized by Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology and Shaanxi Foreign Language Teaching and Research Association. Altogether, there were 82 postgraduate participants from 55 institutions in six northwestern provinces and regions including Shannxi , Gansu , Ningxia , Qinghai and Inner Mogolia.


This year’s topic is Global Warming, Low Carbon Economy. The competition took place in three sessions. First, all contestants delivered a five-minute prepared speech about the topic; then, they made a two-minute impromptu speech, followed by a one-minute questioning, which was conducted by foreign judges based on their previous speeches. After all the three sessions, the judges gave their scores for each contestant immediately and the final score was announced.

The first prize winner, Gao Shangchui, is a graduate student in School of International Studies , XJTU. During her first speech, she impressed the judges and audience with her composure, passion and content. In the subsequent two sessions, she convinced them further with sophisticated logic, clear expression, and unusual wittiness. She was given the highest score in the contest, 8.962. It is reported that Gao chaired the Eighth Debating Tournament of XJTU Golden Autumn Foreign Languages Festival and won the third prize in the FLTRP Cup National English Speech Contest Final in 2010.

The second prize winner, Liu Yang, is a second-year postgraduate specialized in high-voltage engineering in School of Electrical Engineering .

Prof. Li Xiubing, Vice Dean of XJUT Graduate School was invited to present the awards and he acknowledged the efforts and achievements made by XJTU contestants and tutors.

Shaanxi Postgraduates English Speech Contest has been held every two years since 1997. In 2009, in an attempt to promote the quality of postgraduate education, this contest was upgraded into the Northwestern China Postgraduates English Speech Invitational Tournament, which was also the first regional event in postgraduate English learning in the Northwest. By now, it has exerted good influence on stimulating postgraduates’ enthusiasm in English learning and deepening their English teaching reform.

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