AEO是亞洲高中生和大學生中最具規模的年度英語競賽之一，此次比賽分為辯論、新聞廣播、演講、拼字比賽、講故事、廣播劇等8個項目的比賽。這是一次國際性的挑戰，來自亞洲的多個國家的選手參加了本次比賽，有菲律賓，印尼，韓國和中國等。今年的主題“Ascend Your Olympus” (攀登你的奧林匹斯山)旨在鼓勵個人成長並追求自己的最高願望和潛力。這個激勵人心的主題敦促人們追求自己的目標，克服挑戰，並達到自己個人成功、卓越或實現的巔峰。
The Public Speaking Team of the University of Macau participated in the 2024 Asian English Olympics
From 29th January to 3rd February, 2024, two students of the Public Speaking Team of the University of Macau participated in the 2024 Asian English Olympics (AEO), which was held by the Organizing Committee of the 2024 Asian English Olympics and Binus English Club (BNEC) in Jakarta, Indonesia.
AEO is one of the largest annual English competitions for high school and college students in Asia. This year’s competition included eight events such as debate, news broadcasting, speech, spelling bee, storytelling, radio drama, etc. It was an international challenge with competitors from multiple countries in Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, and China. This year’s theme “Ascend Your Olympus” aimed to encourage personal growth and the pursuit of one’s highest aspirations and potential. This inspiring theme urges people to pursue their goals, overcome challenges, and reach their personal peak of success, excellence, or fulfillment.
The competitors representing the Public Speaking Team of the University of Macau were a first-year student Li Xiang from the Faculty of Business Administration and the Stanley Ho East Asia College, and Yang Ai from the Faculty of Business Administration and the Lui Che Woo College. In this competition, they achieved a fifth-place finish in the team competition and advanced to the quarterfinals in the individual speech competition. After the competition, they said: “Through the competition, we not only had the opportunity to showcase our English skills but also to interact with English enthusiasts from different Asian regions, which greatly enriched our international perspective.”
This participation was undoubtedly a valuable international exchange experience for the members of UM Public Speaking Team. They gained insights into the differences in English skills and cultural thinking among competitors from different Asian regions, while broadening their international horizons. The Public Speaking Team of the University of Macau will use this valuable experience to continuously improve themselves in future training and competitions, and strive for better results in the future.