THE Technical Implementation Unit (UPT) Foreign Language Courses of University of Muhammadiyah Malang (KBA UMM) cooperated with the English Education Department, Arabic Education Department and International Relation Officer (IRO) to hold story telling contest for high school level in Malang on Wednesday (30/1).
The event which took place at the Campus I Hall was participated by 142 participants delegated from 32 schools. The participants were categorized into several languages, namely English participated by 106 students, Arabic participated by 11 students, French participated by 2 students, Korean participated by 4 students, Chinesse participated by 7 students, Japanese participated by 5 students and German participated by 7 students. The story was, still, based on the Indonesian fabels even it was spoken in foreign languages.
The Head of KBA UMM, Dr. Sri Hartiningsih, MM, said that this was the second story telling contest of KBA. Comparing to the previous contest, the most dominant participants were participated in English story telling. “The number of this year participants is increasing compared to the previous event,” she said.
Sri said that the background of holding this story telling contest was to improve the students’ ability in speaking foreign languages in order to face the MEA. The rewards of this contest are trophy, money and souvernirs. The category of the winner is number 1 to 3, favorite winner, best costume and the best expression winner. “We really appreciate for all participants. We hope that in the next years contest, the winner will be accepted as English Department students,” says Sri Hartiningsih.
Romi Romanda, the 1st winner of English story telling, said that she was really happy. “Alhamdulillah. The other participants are all competitive. The English story participants are divided into several categories. The best from each group is passed to the grand final. I’m really happy winning this contest. I hope that there this contest will continue to exist,” says this grade X of SMK Cendikia Bangsa Kepanjen.
Ayu Septiana, one of the conselor teachers, said that this story telling contest is really great media to train the students’ competence. She hoped that there will be another similar contest in the future. “This makes the students aware of their competence outside the school. The students will be aware of there are many competetive students out there. I’m thanking UMM for holding this story telling contest,” says this SMK Cendika Bangsa teacher. (ich/han/t_rfd)