The last week in November was my university’s second annual “Foreign Language and Culture Week.” During the week there was an opening and closing ceremony (below) where students spoke and sang songs in Chinese, English, and Japanese, an English speaking competition, an English singing competition, and an English movie dubbing competition. 

The new head of the English department has been holding so many English speaking competitions this semester (like one every other week) to “get students motivated and excited about learning English.” The students all participate and seem to try very hard, but the same few best students win every single time.

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