Participants joined from 7 different commercial high schools around Nagasaki Prefecture. The winners for both the recitations and the speeches this year came from both Nagasaki and Sasebo Commercial High Schools. Although there were only three winners in both speech and recitation categories, most of the students all gave their best efforts and showed a great deal of preparation and practice in their performances.
This year it seemed that the greatest challenges facing the participants was overcoming the use of Japanese intonation and rhythm for their English sentences. The "katakana-style" pronunciation still dominates as a major obstacle in fluency to these young boys and girls. My recommendation to them is to practice native speech by listening closely to their native speaker ALT and also by listening and shadowing native English whenever possible. I also gave some words of encouragement to all the participants to continue their efforts to speak English fluently.
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