Marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23 November 2016, the English Language Society (ELS) organised an exhibition, Poem Writing Competition, Poem Recitation Contest, and Photography Booth Contest to commemorate his works and life as an English poet, playwright and actor, which concluded with a closing ceremony on 24 November 2016.
Present at the closing ceremony were Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS) Dean Dr Alia Azalea, FAS Deputy Dean for Academic Development and Undergraduate Programmes Krishnan a/l Vengidasamy, FAS Department of Languages and Linguistics Head Christina Ong Sook Beng, FAS English Language programme Head Siti Ummaizah Binti Meor Musa, and Event Coordinator, ELS Advisor and FAS Lecturer Cheah Kok Sung.
Thanking the organisers for their hard work in making the event a success, Dr Alia, in her closing speech, also expressed her hopes for the exhibition to be an encouragement for students to learn about English literature and subsequently using it as a tool for improving their English proficiency.
“Shakespeare’s works are timeless and we should all continue to appreciate them. Not only are we able to learn about his works, but this event has also united students with interest in English literature to celebrate the great achievements of Shakespeare,” said Dr Alia.
Certainly, the exhibition played its role well and served to be an informative platform for students to learn more about the great writer. It was also through the exhibition, being an out-of-classroom educational fiesta, which the love of reading was further sown among the students, with hopes that their advancing reading skills will help prepare them for their Malaysian University English Test (MUET).
The prize giving ceremony followed, which had Dr Alia, Krishnan and Ong presenting certificates and cash prizes to the excited winners of the Poem Writing Competition, Poem Recitation Contest, and Photography Booth Contest.
“As this was my first time reciting a poem in public, winning this award and to be given this recognition is truly amazing,” enthused winner of the Poem Recitation Contest, English Education student Sheena William. Meanwhile second place winner English Language student Lim Keat Boon expressed his gratitude to the organisers for the opportunity to showcase his talent.
The event ended with an a capella performance by the VOCAL, after Cheah presented a token of appreciation to judge and FAS Lecturer Lim Kar Loke.
The full list of student winners is as follows:
Poem Writing Competition
Winner: Annie Liew Siew Fang, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Education
2nd place: Dominic Lim Wen Shen, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Language
3rd place: Quah Jit Ming, Master of Philosophy (Social Science)
Poem Recitation Contest Winners
Winner: Sheena William, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Education
2nd place: Lim Keat Boon, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Language
3rd place: Sirisa Ng Mei Xin, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Education
Photography Booth Contest
Facebook winner: Sivassanggari a/p Tamil Selvam, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Language
Instagram winner: Tan Seng Hou, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Education
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