The College of International Education (CIE) organised the fourth English Public Speaking Contest recently with the goal of improving secondary students’ public speaking techniques and their English communication ability through practical experience. 

In the Grand Final, 10 finalists selected from among 300 participants at 73 secondary schools. Finalists were required to perform a three-minute speech on the topic “If…”, followed by a two-minute impromptu speech in response to questions put by judges Dr Jason Polley, Assistant Professor of the HKBU Department of English Language and Literature, and Dr Vicky Lee, Associate Head of CIE.

After a round of fierce competition, Li Ho-yeung from Sing Yin Secondary School topped the rankings. The first runner-up prize went to Julian Dobrick of the Association of Directors and Former Directors of Poi Oi Hospital Ltd Leung Shing Tak College, and the second runner-up title was given to Vaghani Darsh of the Delia Memorial School -- Hip Woo.

During the event, participants were invited to attend a series of training workshops delivered by CIE lecturers. These learning opportunities were aimed at enhancing participants’ ability to cope with their future studies and interviews.