DMC Student emerged Finalist for 32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018

21 Sep 2018



  • 32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018

    32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018

  • 32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018

    32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018

  • 32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018

    32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018

  • 32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018

    32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018

The 32nd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018 Awards Presentation Ceremony took place on 21 Sep 2018 at ITE College Central, with Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for MOE and MSF gracing the event as the Guest-of-Honour. Diploma in Mass Communication (DMC) student, Leow Li Qing, received her finalist award at the ceremony.

YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2018 is a public speaking competition organised by YMCA of Singapore, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Speak Good English Movement. Competitors pitted their linguistic flair against one another in the preliminary, semi-final, and final rounds of the competition.

With the help of RP Library, DMC publicised the event to all students and shortlisted three promising candidates, Leow Li Qing from the Diploma in Mass Communication, Wong Jing Xi from the Diploma in Biomedical Science and Mutiara Bte Mohd Nazri from the Diploma in Arts & Theatre Management, to represent RP in the competition.

As part of the preliminary round, competitors had to submit a video of their speech on the topic of "Resilience" to the Speaking Awards portal where they will be judged based on their use of language, substance and personal voice by a panel of judges. The top 14 contestants with the highest scores will then progress to the semi-finals - where all three RP competitors made the mark despite stiff competition from other institutions such as Anglo-Chinese Junior College and Raffles Institution just to name a few!

Li Qing aced the semi-finals with her outstanding delivery of both the prepared and inpromptu speech segments, and emerged as one of the seven finalists for the competition. Although she did not the top prizes, her stellar performances has earned her praises and validation from the judges. 

"Li Qing is very talented and has the potential to do well with more confidence and encouragement. I hope to see more polytechnics participating in the competition in the coming years" shared Simon Reynolds, one of the judges from the Ministry of Education. 

We would also like to thank Ms Cherry Lin, our SMC Lecturer for her guidance and mentorship throughout the competition. This is truly a rewarding learning experience for all of us!