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NANJING
FOREIGN LANGUAGES SCHOOL

Century-Old ‘May 4th’, Vibrant Youth Voice - Preliminary of May 4th Debating Competition for Senior Grade 2 Concludes

The preliminary of the annual May 4th Debating Competition for Senior Grade 2 was held in the lecture halls on the 2nd and 3rd floor of Building E from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 1, 2019. Following Senior Grade 1, the debaters from Senior Grade 2 also shared thoughts in the competition. Contestants for the Nanjing Debating Competition will be selected from Senior Grade 2, so the competition followed the rules of the Nanjing Debating Competition and consisted of 13 parts, including statements, questions, question summary, free debating and closing statements, testing contestants’ knowledge reserve, instant reaction and expression ability.

In the lecture hall on the 2nd floor, Hou Yundi served as chairman, and judges were Teachers Yu Yiming and Wang Shaolin and two students, Pan Hao and Zhu Jingyi. Luo Yifan was the timekeeper.

First of all, Class 2 and Class 5 argued over the impact of globalization on local culture: whether the globalization does more good than harm or more harm than good. Both sides engaged in a lively debate about the definition of local culture, and their examples of China’s local culture and global culture widened the eyes of the audiences and judges.

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Next, Class 3 fought with Class 7, and the topic was “Which is more important for young people, adapting to the environment or changing the environment.” Reaching a consensus that adapting to the environment is the basis of changing the environment, the two sides discussed which is more important, the result or process. The fourth debaters of the two sides fought back and forth over this, with a clear logic.

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Pan Hao and Zhu Jingyi made wonderful comments on the two competitions. They summarized the debaters’ arguments, and pointed out their disadvantages in debating skills and statements.

In the lecture hall on the 3rd floor, Lu Jingwen from Senior Grade 3 was chairman, and the judges were Teachers Wei Jie, Jiang Wei and Liu Wei and the students, Gong Xinran and Xu Jingyi. Gui Ye was the timekeeper.

First of all, Class 6 and Class 1 argued over the impact of globalization on local culture: whether the globalization does more good than harm or more harm than good. The two sides gave impressive definitions of the globalization and local culture, presenting an orderly and exciting debating.

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The debate between Class 8 and Class 4 was extraordinary. The two sides debated about the topic of “Which is more important for young people, adapting to the environment or changing the environment.” The debaters continuously questioned, and the competition moved quickly. The use of metaphor and quotes and their witty remarks demonstrated the debaters’ strong thinking ability and expression ability.

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Teacher Wei Jie and the student Gong Xinran respectively commented on the two competitions. They praised the debaters for their excellent performance, but also pointed out the room for improvement.

After fierce competition, the winners in the preliminary round were Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4.

The Excellent Debaters were as follows:

Yu Yunqing from Class 1, Senior Grade 2

Tang Zhuxin from Class 2, Senior Grade 2

Han Shuyuan from Class 3, Senior Grade 2 

Xu Gongyao from Class 4, Senior Grade 2

Ke Guanguan from Class 5, Senior Grade 2

Tang Yingwei from Class 6, Senior Grade 2

Shao Zicheng from Class 7, Senior Grade 2

Li Jiawen from Class 8, Senior Grade 2

Through the debating competition, the students thought about the relationship between local culture and globalization, and how the young people should treat the relationship between adapting to the environment and changing the environment. It exercised the students' oral expression ability and adaptability, and enabled them to form a correct outlook on life and values, showing good spirits of the NFLS students.

By Sun Yujun of NFLS Youth League Committee