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The 18th‘President Cup’ English Contest

On December 20th, the final of the 18th ‘President Cup’ English Contest was held in the Student Center. Yang Shaobo, Vice President of Huazhong Agricultural University, Liu Yu and Pang Lei, Deputy Directors of the Changjiang People’s Art Theatre, attended the ceremony.
This contest is composed of two sessions, the preliminary and the final. After two months of competition, nine schools entered the final to compete for the championship. The final was a drama performance, which aims to guide the students to improve their basic English skills and the ability of critical thinking, intercultural communication and the appreciation of literature and art.
Cinderella, a classic fairy tale, performed by the students from HZAU’s College of Life Sciences & Technology, reminded the audience of their childhood. The Merchant of Venice adapted and performed by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences,brought the audiences back to the classic. By combining the scenarios of class skipping and video-gaming addiction in a witty way, the College of Sciences’ original work Skipping Classes spawn moments of deep thought and self-reflection. Students from the College of Animal Sciences & Technology adapted Maupassant's classic novel The Necklace, whose standard pronunciation and intonation accurately reproduced the image of the French aristocracy in1880s. Other performances also have their own characteristics.


The Merchant of Venice

After evaluation of judges, the College of Life Sciences & Technology won the first prize; the second prize was awarded to the College of Sciences and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences; and followed by the College of Animal Sciences & Technology, College of Plant Sciences & Technology and the College of Fisheries which won the third prize
Deputy Director Liu praised the competitors and said, “Most shows are very professional with the actor’s exquisite costumes and props as well as perfect subtitles and backdrop in the screen. Some original works can even be made to repertoire after some improvement.”
“I am deeply moved by students’ earnestness and perseverance. Every work is the fruit of your diligence, and those activities gradually improve students’ artistic taste”, said Fang Hong, Associate Professor of the Foreign Language School and the panel leader.
This year’s contest adopted a new competition system. With the goal of meeting students’ needs, promoting students’ participation and development, the contest has advanced the development and quality of campus cultural activities in HZAU.

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Translated by: Chen Xiuqiong
Supervised by: Jin Bei