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First Okinawa Intercollegiate English Speech Contest 2014 開催

  First Okinawa Intercollegiate English Speech Contest 2014(第1回沖縄大学間スピーチコンテスト)は、平成26年12月10日(水)に名桜大学で開催されました。この名桜・琉球大学から学生が参加する革新的かつ野心的な試みであるスピーチコンテストは、琉球大学ジョージ・マクレーン教授の発案です。この試みは学生の関心を集め、両大学で合計22人の学生が参加しました。4分間のスピーチのテーマは個人的経験から社会問題まで多岐に渡りました。学生が本番に備えて、何カ月も前から準備していたことと、大変努力していたことは、当日の明解な話し方と力強い内容からも明らかに分かりました。
 コンテスト全体の優勝者は、琉球大学の喜納まさたかさんでした。琉球大学内では1位:玉城えりさん、2位:儀間わたるさん、3位:知花みほさんでした。名桜大学では1位:村岡晨さん、2位:鈴木ゆうたさん、3位:比嘉わかなさんでした。
 このイベントは、名桜大学の学生ボランティア山内遙香、松浦実徳、岡本育子、大井なつみの皆さんの協力なしには成功しませんでした。更に、メーガン・クックルマン先生は全体の企画、それから質疑応答では学生のインタビューもご担当されました。また、名桜大学のノーマン・フィーウェル、琉球大学のティム・ケリー、ジョージ・マクレーンの各先生は審査員をご担当されました。また、名桜大学の与那覇恵子、渡慶次正則、中村浩一郎、山里絹子の各先生方からも多大なるご尽力を賜りました。名桜大学山里勝己学長からご支援を賜ったことも非常にありがたいことでした。
 来年度は琉球大学で開催を予定しており、他大学にも参加者を募る予定です。

総評:ノーマン・フィーウェル(国際文化教育研究学系 上級准教授)

中村 浩一郎(国際文化教育研究学系 教授)翻訳協力


 
ジェスチャーを交えて熱弁をふるう弁士                            コンテスト終了後


    The inaugural “Okinawa Intercollegiate English Speech Contest” took place at Meio University on December 10, 2014. It was an innovative and daring attempt conceived by Professor George MacLean of the University of the Ryukyus to have contestants from two different universities participate in a speech contest with each other. This added element sparked much interest from students and spectators alike. The participants consisted of 22 students in total from both Meio University and the University of the Ryukyus. The speeches were approximately 4 minutes in length with topics ranging from personal experiences to important social issues. The students prepared months in advance and their enormous efforts were obvious to the audience with many clearly articulated and dynamic speeches. The following speeches were presented by contestants during the speech contest: Megumi Hemmi (Sharing Life), Kohatsu Yoshitaka (War and Peace), Teruya Naho (Dreaming of Smiles), Nakazono Ai (Food), Suzuki Yuta (Sports are just fun), Higa Wakana (The Dot), Hashimoto Keiichiro (The Definition of Words), Tsukazawa Seishiro (The Coach from Hell), Shinzato Yumi (White Paint), Kato Miyu (My Special Encounter), Muraoka Aki (Who Doesn't Love Love?), Chibana Miho (Women's Rights), Kahatsu Tatsuki (Things I've Learned About Myself), Kina Masataka (The Importance of School Relationships), Kinjo Noa (Family is the Most Important Thing), Yabuki Madoka (An Okinawan Grandmother's Love), Moriyama Shin (All About Hugs), Matsuda Ayumu (Islam Friendly Okinawa), Tamashiro Eri (Judging People by Outward Appearance), Gima Wataru (The Power of Photography), Yu Hsiang (Seize the Moment), and Hsu Jia Ping (My Experiences as an Exchange Student).
     The overall winner of the contest was Masataka Kina of the University of the Ryukyus. Winners within the University of the Ryukyus category included Eri Tamashiro (1st place), Wataru Gima (2nd place), and Miho Chibana (3rd place). Winners from the Meio University category included Aki Muraoka (1st place), Yuta Suzuki (2nd place), and Wakana Higa (3rd place). Winners of other prizes included Ayumu Matsuda of the University of the Ryukyus (Most Educational), Naha Teruya of Meio University (Most Inspiring Speech), Miyu Kato of Meio University (Excellence in Pronunciation), Tatsuki Kohatsu of the University of the Ryukyus (Most Humorous), Megumi Hemmi of Meio University (Most Dynamic), and Yumi Shinzato of Meio University (Most Original). The event would not have been possible without the help of student volunteers from Meio University. Haruka Yamauchi acted as Master of Ceremonies. Ikuko Okamoto, Minori Matsuura, and Oi Natsumi recorded videos and took photographs at the event. We were also fortunate to have much assistance from the faculty of both universities. Professor Meghan Kuckelman helped coordinate the event and interviewed students during the question and answer session. Professors Norman Fewell (Meio University), Tim Kelly (University of the Ryukyus), and George MacLean (University of the Ryukyus) were the judges for the speech contest. Professors Masanori Tokeshi, Keiko Yonaha, Koichiro Nakamura, and Kinuko Yamazato contributed much of their valuable time and energy to help make this event a reality. We were also fortunate to have extraordinary support from President Katsunori Yamazato. Next year’s event will take place at the University of the Ryukyus. We are planning to expand the playing field by including more universities. Professor George MacLean has already negotiated sponsorship with several educational publishers who are eager to donate money and gifts. The inaugural “Okinawa Intercollegiate English Speech Contest” was truly a groundbreaking and successful event. We feel that it has helped bring a spark of interest in English language learning for students at both universities. Please visit our website for video clips of speeches, photos, and general information about the speech contest. <https://sites.google.com/site/okinawaspeechcontest/home