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TALENTED: The winning schools in the choral speaking competition were SK Convent Muar, SK IJ Convent Johor Baru and SJK (C) Sin Hwa Bukit Pasir
KOTA TINGGI: THE state-level choral speaking competition was held at SJK (C) New Kota here, recently.
The event was part of an English language carnival organised by the Johor State Education Department.
Ten primary schools took part in the competition after qualifying at district and zone level.
The top three winners for the choral speaking competition were SK Convent Muar, SK IJ Convent Johor Baru and SJK (C) Sin Hwa Bukit Pasir, Batu Pahat respectively.
The choral speaking competition kicked off with a performance by SK Kota Masai, Pasir Gudang, with the title Fun with English.
Next came SK Convent Johor Bahru which gave a captivating performance entitled From Acquaintances to Best Friends.
This was followed by SK Convent Muar with Unique Malaysian; SJK (C) Sin Hwa Bukit Pasir Batu Pahat with Our Experience in Learning English; SJK (T) Kulai Besar with Malaysia 2013; SK Laksamana Kota Tinggi with We Love Our Teachers!; SK Bandar Mersing with Mother Nature; SK Batu 3 Kluang with Gadgets Blast; SK Canossian Convent Segamat with Malaysia Towards Greater Heights; and Sekolah Rendah Agama Bersepadu Pontian with Save the Earth.
Choral speaking is a recitation of poetry or prose by a chorus or an ensemble, accompanied by head or hand movement. The teams kept the audience fascinated as they used hand movements with sound effects including animal sounds.
Each team was given five to eight minutes to perform. This competition was for pupils from Year Four to Six only and a team may consist of 30 to 31 students.
Johor English Language Teaching Organisation chairman and chief judge Vincent D'Silva said that students can become proficient in English by exposing them to language activities that are frequently held in the state. He then congratulated all the teachers and students for their hard work.
"You have lived up to the judges expectations and we had a tough time deciding who should win," he added.
The teams were judged on facial expression, clarity, unity, gestures, interpretation, audibility, enunciation and the spirit of the poem recited.
SK Agama Bersepadu Pontian English language teacher Noor Anizam Ahmad said she was satisfied with her students performance.
"We are very thankful to have reached this level," she said.
Their head mistress Junaidah Baharon was there to give moral support.
SJK (T) Kulai Besar English language teacher Amutha Kuppa said that this year there was a lot of competition.
"We represented the state in 2004 and hopefully this year will be our time as well," said SJK (T) Kulai Besar English language teacher Amutha Kuppa.
Fatin Alisya Jailani, 12 who was conductor for her team said it was a big responsibility and she was happy with her team's performance.