Students from Sun Yat-sen University, GZ City Polytechnic, and others win English writing contest

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UPDATED :May 20, 2019


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Students of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou City Polytechnic, Zhuhai College of Jilin University, Huizhou Health Sciences Polytechnic and Heyuan Polytechnic came out on top in the 7th Lingnan Cup English Writing Contest held in the South China University of Technology on May 18.

Judges giving awards to outstanding winners
List of Outstanding Winners

The topic of the contest was "What's Peppa", a film teaser of a live-action-animation hybrid movie, Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year. It tells that a grandpa living in rural China asked around what Peppa (actually a cartoon character) is, because his little grandson in the city wants Peppa for a new year gift. The grandpa finally figured out that Peppa is a pig in an animated cartoon and made a Peppa model out of an iron-and-steel air blower for his grandson.

Forty out of 420 contestants had made it to the final. They are divided into four groups:
—non-English majors from junior colleges (16 contestants)
—non-English majors from universities (8 contestants)
—English majors from junior colleges (8 contestants)
—English majors from universities (8 contestants)
They needed to compete in three rounds——presentation, quiz, and writing based on given pictures in eight minutes——and were ranked according to their total scores.
A contestant presenting the points of her composition
 Sun Yat-sen University secured all the top spots among non-English-majored contestants from universities. Students from Zhuhai College of Jilin University, Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University and South China Normal University outperformed their fellow English-majored contestants.
A contestant writing a composition based on a given picture
Lists of First-place Winners

As for junior college contestants, the first prizes were shared by different schools, including Guangdong Polytechnic of Industry and Commerce, Guangzhou City Polytechnic, and Guangdong Nanhua Vocational College of Industry and Commerce.
Tang Wenjie, an outstanding award winner, a sophomore majoring in International commerce from Sun Yat-sen University, stood out especially with her stunning British English. Speaking of her beautiful British accent, she joked, "It may be the result of watching too much Downton Abbey." She thought the contest could help improve her public speaking skills and prepare her for further education abroad after graduation.
Tang Wenjie introducing the points of her composition
The contest is very popular with students, according to Luo, a staff member with the organizing committee. Since its debut in 2013, the contest has attracted about 100,000 students from over 100 colleges and universities across Guangdong province.
"Compared with last year, this year's contest provided a better learning opportunity to contestants," said Pan Xuefeng, executive president of the Guangzhou Foreign Languages Association and chairman of the organizing committee of the contest. "On top of the competition, we also invited professor Wen Binli from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies to give a lecture about English writing."
Pan explaining the answer to a difficult quiz question
"This year's topic is also more flexible. Contestants can approach 'What's Peppa' from different angles including generation gap, parents' unconditional love, urban-rural gap, and empty nester," the chairman said. "It tests students' comprehensive skills, oral English, English writing, quick response, critical thinking, etc." He also expressed satisfaction with the contestants' performances.
The contest was organized by the Guangzhou Foreign Languages Association and Guangdong Provincial Steering Committee for Foreign Language Teaching in Colleges and Universities, and facilitated by the School of Foreign Languages, South China University of Technology.