Chinese student wins BBC English language competition

BEIJING: A student from China's Henan Province, Li Fang, has won the BBC's first ever English speaking competition. He defeated 2,000 contenders. As a prize, he gets a trip to the home of BBC World Service in Bush House, London.

Li Fang will make the trip next year. The competition was the culmination of a year-long project through the BBC's English language teaching programmes. 12 judges tested the contestants on comprehension and improvisation and listened to a range of three and four minute speeches on subjects including 'My favourite song in English' and 'The importance of English language teaching radio programmes.'

BBC World Service Education project assistant Min Cheng says, "The Chinese are passionate about learning English and our programmes are well-tailored for their needs. This is the first time we have put the students' enthusiasm for English to the test with a competition and we have been delighted by the response. It was fantastic and the standards were extremely high."

BBC World Service Education also organised an Activate Your English workshop for the semi-finalists. BBC World Service Learning English presenter Stuart Richmond assisted with the simulation of a radio programme so contestants could practise their spoken English. The workshop helped BBC World Service Education gain a better understanding of the needs of young English learners in China today.

BBC World Service Education offers education programmes for global audiences, including English language teaching programmes and education series about major issues facing the world today. It is available online and by SMS through mobile phones.

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