SOAS University of London

SOAS students win top prizes at Japanese Speech Contest

20 March 2018

SOAS University of London students once again took the top prizes at this year’s Japanese Speech Contest for University Students, securing first prize in the Individual Presentation Category and second prize in the Speech Category.

In its 13th year, the annual contest aims to improve the speaking and presentation skills of students studying Japanese as a foreign language at universities in the UK and Ireland.

SOAS student Ellis Warren, studying Japanese and Economics at SOAS won first place in the Individual Presentation Category for a presentation on "Regarding the British - The British and Racial Tolerance".

Merle Kartscher, studying Japanese & Chinese Studies, was a runner-up in the individual presentation category, whilst Yee Ching Chow, studying Japanese and Korean at SOAS, won second place in the‚Äč 'Speech' category for a presentation on "Negative body image and the influence of media amongst young women in Japan".

An audience of 200 people attended the contest, including prominent figures from UK-based Japanese companies and organisations in the field of Japan-UK relations. The contest received applications from 17 universities.

The contest is sponsored by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and The Japan Foundation London.

Learn more about studying Japanese at SOAS.