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Medical student wins Japanese speech contest award

Third year medical student Gen Nen Ho was awarded a first prize in a Japanese speech contest for university students held at SOAS, University of London, on Saturday 1 March 2014.

Gen won the Individual Presentation Category at the 9th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students, hosted by The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BSTJ) and the Japan Foundation, London. The category was for students studying Japanese at post-beginner level.  Gen was one of five finalists in this category and beat students from Oxford, Hull, and Newcastle to claim the prize: a camera donated by Ricoh UK Ltd and £400 donated by Bloomberg L.P.

The aim of the speech contest is to improve the speaking and presentation skills of undergraduate students studying Japanese as a foreign language at universities in the UK and Ireland.  In the Individual Presentation Category, students are asked to introduce a particular theme to the audience, for example a region, event or custom from the UK or another country outside Japan.             

Professor Stuart Carney, Dean of Medical Education, attended the contest and was delighted to observe Gen’s achievement. He says: ‘Although much of the commentary was in Japanese, the judges and sponsors reported that Gen captured the attention of the audience with his story of The Mythical Cambridge.’ 

Medical students at King’s are able to acquire new language skills as part of their training through Student Selected Components (SSCs) offered by King’s Modern Language Centre. Students are encouraged to develop a varied portfolio of SSCs throughout their time at King’s, which can also include sciences, clinical topics and humanities.  

Professor Carney reports: ‘Gen’s success in this contest is great testimony to the opportunities to learn a modern language as part of the MBBS programme.’