Open to all students within the Faculty of Modern Chinese Studies, a new Chinese speech club was launched in September 2013. With the aim of entering students into both regional and national speech contests, first year students practice their pronunciation and tones through text recital activities, while students from other year groups work on their Chinese conversation and speech delivery skills. On October 19th 2013, speech club participants took part in the 31st Nationwide Chinese Speech Competition (Aichi Prefecture Round). One student took first place and two others were also honored with a prize for their efforts. The club is run by Professor Liu Naihua, a native Chinese speaker with a long career in Chinese language education in Japan, with additional support from other native speakers. Why not come along and brush up on your Chinese pronunciation and self-expression skills?
Alongside the Chinese Speech Club, we have also started a "Chinese Language Café". Open once per week, students are free to drop by and practice their Chinese conversation skills on a one-to-one basis or in larger groups with native speakers. Participation in the café is highly recommended for two groups of students in particular. Second years, after spending a semester abroad in China, usually aren't sure how to maintain their newly acquired Chinese language skills. The café is ideal for such students. Secondly, we also recommend that those first years who want to get a head start before going abroad to China in their second year get involved in the café in the autumn term.