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English Festival

With its many exciting English-mediated events and activities happening around the campus, this annual three-day festival showcases the efforts and dedication of both the ELC and its students to create abundant opportunities for English learning. It is our hope that these opportunities will enable our students to use English competently and to think critically in the ever-expanding English-enhanced environment on campus.

At the heart of each English Festival are three major events:

  • Opening Ceremony with a Keynote Speech

  • The Intercollegiate Speech Contest

  • The Intercollegiate Singing Contest

  • The Intercollegiate Debate Contest

Each year something new and different is added to the main schedule. Past English Festivals have included game fairs, musicals, plays, and concerts. To prepare for all the events of the English Festival, teams of students, led by ELC instructors, draw on their creativity and enthusiasm, writing their own scripts and lyrics, designing their own costumes, sets, props, lighting, staging, sound effects, and more!

The most exciting element of the English Festival is that it is an opportunity to share our passion for English learning with other universities and visitors. Past participating universities and special guests include:

  • Tsing Hua University

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Xiamen University

  • Sun Yat-Sen University

  • Beihang University

  • East China Normal University

  • University of Hong Kong

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Hong Kong Baptist University

  • University of Philippines

  • Chulalongkorn University

  • National University of Singapore

  • Kyoto Sangyo University

  • Foreign Languages and Cultures, Chongqing University

  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • National University of Singapore

  • Macao Polytechnic Institute

  • Beijing Foreign Studies University

  • Kanda University of International Studies

  • Chinese Culture University

  • National Chengchi University

  • Shanghai International Studies University

  • Macau University of Science and Technology

  • Jerome Cohen,Professor, School of Law, New York University, U.S.

  • Donald McQuade,Vice Chancellor for University Relations, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.

  • Long Yongtu,Vice Minister and Chief Representative for Trade Negotiations of MOFTECChenny Gan, Professor of Music, Wesleyan College

  • Yan Liu,Managing Director of the National Association of American Literature,

  • Radwańska-Williams,General Editor of the journalIntercultural Communication Studies.

  • Nicholas J. Steneck,Co-Director, Confucius Institute at Wesleyan College

  • Kalafya Brown,English Teacher and Director of US Tests and Admissions of Thailand

  • Rohmy Husniah,Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching English as Foreign Language, University of Muhammadiyah Gresik

In the end, the ELC’s English Festival is about having fun with English learning. Students have the chance to exercise what they have learned at the ELC in addition to sharing their many creative and academic talents. It is also a great show, soeven if you suffer from a little stage fright, we encourage you to come along and join the audience!