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2020-03-25 胡莹莹 张默 西外小初高双语国际课程部

 

西外学子经常参加各类大型英语比赛,同其他学校的优秀学子同台竞技。这些比赛在帮助学生学以致用、展示自己、获取荣耀的同时,也拓宽了学生的视野,锻炼了思维。

 

这是高中部的张老师第二次指导学生参加21世纪英语演讲比赛,对她来说,王蓝霁和滕安乔拿下亚军和季军实属她意料之内,“如果不是对手都是上海各个名校的高二高三学长,这两位初来乍到的十年级小姑娘拿冠军都是理所当然。”虽然对手很强大,但是这两朵小金花并没有表现出任何的惧怕,站上演讲台的那一刻,她们就闪闪发光。

这次比赛的题目是“Do things right or Do right things”。是该做正确的事还是正确地做事?是关注过程方法还是关注结果?是追求速度还是追求质量?这个问题真的有点难以回答。而且,这还是管理学方面的问题,思辨性强,学生一不小心就容易走入思维误区。还好,王同学和滕同学稳稳地接住了这个话题。

 

如今,一些大型比赛出题更考验学生的视野、学以致用能力、思辨能力、临场发挥能力等。问题越来越烧脑,且大多是课本内没有的,还总是涉及其他专业领域。其实这是在告诉我们学生,学习,真的不能只满足于课本所学,思维也不应该局限于校园、课本这一层。每一个学生都需要跳出原有的知识框架,有意识地扩大自己的“阅读量”,关注各种时事新闻,拓宽国际视野。所谓“风声雨声读书声,声声入耳;家事国事天下事,事事关心“。要尽可能多地丰富自己的精神世界,形成自己的知识链。就比如这次的题目,如果学生本身积累很少,知识面窄,论据站不住脚,就没办法支撑自己的观点,那么最后赢面也不大。英语演讲比赛,口语表达固然重要,但演讲内容也很重要,它直接体现了一个学生的思想深度和知识面宽度。

 

所以,我们学生要学会去发现,去思考,去质疑,要有一个“有趣的灵魂”,要永远不停止汲取各种知识营养的脚步。


两位小姑娘扎实的英语基本功,谦逊踏实的学习态度,以及她们对待每一轮比赛的认真劲和越挫越勇的韧劲让指导老师眼前一亮,赞不绝口。“能做她们的指导老师,我倍感荣幸。当然,她们的成功也离不开我们学部领导的高度支持以及英语教研组的竭力配合。我们学部领导潘主任(Monika)反复强调这种比赛对于孩子成长和升学的帮助,让我们高度重视,还连续几次请外教Will给选手把好最后一关,反复操练学生的即兴演讲能力。我相信,只要我们都齐心协力继续努力下去,我们的学生会在将来的人生道路上飞得更高,走得更远。”张老师如是说。


 

 

对于两个学生,这次演讲历练,不仅大大增加了她们的自信心,也会成为她们以后申请大学时的有利条件。越是在高手如林的比赛中,学生越能认识到自己的不足,越能得到进步。常与同行争高下,才能知不足而后能改。

 

王同学平时是一个安静的学霸,关于这次比赛,她直言不讳道:This competition is a big challenge for me。而滕同学,更是经历了一次如坐过山车般的心路历程:

This is already the second time I have participated in preparing students for the English Contest hosted by Bank of Beijing, and my previous experience had long told me that the success of Wang Lanji and Teng Anjiao was no surprise at all. To be honest, I had been psychologically prepared for their winning championship before the finals; if they had not competed against junior or senior students from other prestigious schools in Shanghai, they could have made it. Since this was the first time they were confronted with such big challenges, their success was already a miracle, at least for them. As their subject teacher and advisor, I have been proud of their solid foundation of English language, their humble attitude, their dedication to each round of competition, and their resilience and stamina after each setback. It has been a great honor for me to guide them. Of course, without the support of our department leaders and the cooperation of our English teaching group, they could not have achieved such success. Monika, our department leader, reiterated the importance of this contest not only for these students’ growth but their college application, and asked us to do whatever we can to help them. Will, our foreign teacher, has spared valuable time from his tight schedule to drill them for the finals. In all, I believe as long as we keep cooperating, keep striving, our students will go further and soar higher in their future life. 

 从初赛时的坦然到进入复赛时的惊喜,最到后参加决赛时的“努力拼一把”,她完成了蜕变,拿到了属于她的荣誉,也认识到了珍惜每一次比赛抓住每一个机会的重要性。


无论成功与否,每一次比赛,对学生来说其实都是一种收获。演讲比赛从确定论点到写稿子,都是学生自己独立完成的,指导老师及时给予指导。这场比赛不仅可以检测学生的英语水平,包括书写和口语,也提升了他们的英文写作水平,拓展了视野。我们希望越来越多的学生参与到这类大型比赛中,不断地挑战自己,展示自己,为自己也为学校赢得更多的荣誉。