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A Big Thumb Up for the National Primary School English News Broadcasting Competition
作者:刘森    来源:21英语网    日期: 2018-04-18

On 15, April, the first National Primary School English News Broadcasting Competition was successfully held in Hangzhou. 16 contestants participated in the National Final. Seven of them are from Grade 1-3 and the others are from Grade 4-6. As the panel judge, my congratulations to all the participants and my big,big thumb-up to the organizing committee.

The reasons for my Big Thumb-up for this innovative form of competition are as the following. First, news broadcasting is a very good way of developing students’ communication for intelligibility (可理解). As we know the main features of news report are short, brief and concise. And words sending the new or key information are normally given by the content words (实义词) and they are usually stressed. For example, ‘Does counting sheep help your sleep?’ or ‘Computers that think’. Words in bold type are content words and they are usually stressed, i.e. the stressed syllable underlined (重读音节) sound longer in length(音长更长),higher in pitch(音高更响), and louder in sonority(音量更大). Having a good command of word-stress and sentence stress is the fundamental requirement for good pronunciation and efficient communication because English is a stress-timed language. Therefore, news broadcasting helps developing students’ communication ability for intelligibility (可理解性). Second, news broadcasting help build students’ language in-put. News selected are from 21st Teens and the information covered is normally fresh and new. Topics are various, i.e. animals, plants, foods, sports and science fictions…etc. Students can select whatever they like to read. As time goes on, the in-put of language is gradually built up according to their interest. According to Krashen’s comprehensible input hypothesis theory. L2 acquisition takes place when learners are exposed to comprehensible input though they are challenged to make progress. Thirdly, news broadcasting help students internalize the knowledge and improving their communication for comprehensibility (易明白). Accurate and fluent news broadcasting requires not only students’ full knowledge of the information covered but also a good understanding of it. Last but not the least, news broadcasting serves as a good step for good public speaking. According to the competition structure, besides broadcasting the news, contestants have to answer two questions. One is related to the content of the news. This is a good way for students to learn to retell the news in their own words, learn to sum up the main idea and learn to share with others. Good public speaking skills starts with making a good summary.

I am very happy to see this innovative form of competition is initiated by the organizing committee. The competition is a big success. The panel of judges are happy to see this transformation. It makes public speaking accessible, affordable and available not only to those who are talented, but also for those who love English but dare not to speak in public. As the says go: well begin is half done. Best wishes for the 2019 news broadcasting competition.

关键词:National Primary students 丨 English News Broadcasting Competition



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