Foreign Language Success Stories

DVC students excel at the 2021 CLTAC Chinese Speech Contest!

2021 CLTAC speech contest winnersIn March 2021, students from Diablo Valley College participated in the 45th Chinese Mandarin Speech Contest which was held virtually.

The contest is hosted by The Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC). CLTAC is the largest nonprofit association of its kind in the country with a mission to promote the study, teaching, and research of the Chinese language and culture on all educational levels.

Its annual Mandarin Speech Contest boasts of a long history since 1960s. It has become an annual pageant of Chinese education in the region. The event was sponsored by Monterey Bay Chinese Association, Cheng & Tsui, and Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC).

This year, DVC students competed against students from such notable schools as Defense Language Institute, San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and University of San Francisco, among others.

At the virtual award ceremony held on April 24, 2021, 11 students from DVC were recognized for their dedicated work and excellent performance, winning awards ranging from 1st to 3rd places. Our student Hannah Lam’s harp performance Suzhou River 苏州河 was also selected as the opening performance of the ceremony.

Professor Sheree Lin, head of DVC’s Chinese program, congratulates all 17 students who participated, and gives special thanks to Professor Huiqin An (our teacher and speech coach), Jana Jiang (our teaching assistant), the Foreign Language Department, and the
Applied and Fine Arts Division for their great support.

DVC applauds the following students for doing an amazing job representing our school!

First Place Winners:

2021 CLTAC speech contest winner Kar Ching Ng (First year, first semester)
Kar Ching Ng (First year, first semester) Jacob Alvarez (First year, second semester)

Second Place Winners:

   
2021_CLTAC speech_ contest winner

Ezekiel Ivory (First year, first semester)

Second place

Fiona Kurniawan (First year, second semester)

Second place

Lauryn Leong (First year, second semester)

2021 CLTAC speech contest winner

Mei Wa Yu (Second year, first semester)

Third Place Winners:

2021 CLTAC speech contest winner

Victoria Alger (First year, second semester)

2021 CLTAC speech_ contest_winner Julian Lau (First year, second semester)
Third place Ariana Threatt (First year, second semester)
Third place Sophia Li (Second year, first semester)
Third place Shrinidhi Gopal (Second year, second semester)

Participation

2021 CLTAC speech contest winner William Dong (First year, second semester) 
2021 CLTAC speech contest winner Favio Lesnjar (First year, second semester)
2021 CLTAC speech contest winner Marwin Fenandez (Second year, second semester)

DVC students win at 2018 Chinese Bridge and CLTAC Mandarin speech contests

Chinese Speech competition students with awardsThis past April, students from Diablo Valley College participated in the 17th Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students, held at San Francisco State University. The competition was sponsored by the Hanban/Confucius Institute, which has headquarters in Beijing, China, and in the Education Office of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.

Later that month twenty DVC students competed in the 43rd Chinese Mandarin Speech Contest held at Lowell High School in San Francisco. The contest is hosted by The Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC). CLTAC is the largest nonprofit association of its kind in the country with a mission to promote the study, teaching, and research of the Chinese language and culture on all educational levels. 

Robinson-Kronro Alexandria N’s tin whistle performanceYuka Hamada’s performance of the Chinese songThis year, DVC students competed against students from such notable schools as Defense Language Institute, San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and University of San Francisco, among others.

After the competition, DVC students participated in the entertainment program. Robinson-Kronro Alexandria N’s tin whistle performance and Yuka Hamada’s performance of the Chinese song 新贵妃醉酒 were both enthusiastically received by the audience. 

Professor Sheree Lin, head of DVC’s Chinese program, congratulates all the students who participated, and gives a special thanks to Kyle Chen (our speech coach), Professor Lu Han, all of our Chinese tutors and teacher assistants, the Foreign Language Department, and the Applied and Fine Arts Division for their continued support.

DVC applauds the following students on their awards and thanks them for doing a great job representing our school!

First Place - Tanaka Kasumi
Second Place - Kim Sunyoung, Wang Tszchuen, Choi lsaiah, Cho Seong Woo, and Li Hong Wei
Third Place - Randolph Reilly
Honorable Mention - Robinson-Kronro Alexandria N, Borgese June, Hamada Yuka and Gong Ze Lin

Current and former DVC students receive special recognition at Japanese speech contest

Congratulations tDVC Japanese speech contest, Spring 2018o Diablo Valley College students who participated in the annual Japanese speech contest on March 23, hosted by San Francisco Bay Area's Global Women’s Association (GWA) chapter. The contest was held at Mountain View Buddhist Temple and the theme of the contest was “My Dream”.  Professor of Japanese, Naomi Nezuka, and Chair of The Foreign Language Department, congratulates all the students who participated for their hard work and achievement. 

 

Japanese speech contest participants

Gerardo De La Torre - Special Award
Amber Frey - Special Award
Aaron Orelup
Adam Perrine