European Studies student shines in French competitions
Winona Lai (European Studies - French Stream, Year 4) captured the first prize at the ninth Pearl River Delta Inter-University French Speech Competition. She was awarded an all-expenses-paid, one-month course at Lyon in France where she will study French language and culture this summer. Winona also won the dictation competition and will represent Hong Kong in the finals which will be held in Beijing.
The speech competition was jointly organised by HKBU and Consulate General of France. Winona prepared a 10-minute speech to introduce the French culture which has developed in Hong Kong. Speaking fluently and with humour, she gained the commendation of the jury and beat nine other competitors who come from the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Jinan University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and Shenzhen Polytechnic. Winona said that she took part in the competition with a solid foundation in French and an enlightened mind. As she did not prepare for it specially, she was nicely surprised with the result and expressed her gratitude to HKBU teachers, including Ms Celine Dias and Dr Emilie Tran for their encouragement and guidance over the past few years.
In addition, Winona performed well in the French dictation competition last month and will represent Hong Kong in the final round in Beijing. Anson Lam (European Studies - French Stream, Year 4) won the third prize at the same competition.
演講比賽由浸大和法國領事館合辦。曉君在演講比賽中以10分鐘介紹在香港的法國文化，並以流暢的法文、幽默的手法獲得評判一致讚賞，並擊敗其餘九位來自香港大學、香港中文大學、濟南大學、深圳理工大學、廣東外語外貿大學的參賽者。她坦言，沒有特別為比賽作準備，以平日堅實的法文基礎及平常心參賽，對獲獎感到喜出望外。她特別感謝浸大老師，包括Celine Dias 女士和 Emilie Tran博士鼓勵參賽及悉心教導，使她能通曉法文。