This weekend marks the first round of my school's annual English Speaking Competition. Students are required to write and memorise a 1-2 minute speech (or for the lazier or more confident ones, make an impromptu speech on a random subject) and then recite it in front of the class and a visiting "judge" teacher. The second round is in two weeks time, when the 3-4 class winners compete against winners from other classes. The photo shows my crazy Friday evening class who tend to do particularly well in these competitions - not because of their teacher, but because the class was initially formed to "hothouse" the most gifted students from other classes.
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