English Language Fellows Nicole Kaup and Chris Ott participated as judges in Bai Nian Vocational School’s speech competition.  Pairs of 16-22 year-olds from different BNVS schools around China competed in the “Yes, I Can!” speech competition.  Each team had five minutes to speak in English about their personal experiences related to the theme.  Some of the stories were quite moving and really illustrated the great work that BNVS has accomplished in its short existence.

BNVS is a not-for-profit organization which provides free high school education to underprivileged Chinese youths. They have several schools in different cities in China, and they are also beginning to branch out into Africa. By participating in this contest, students were able to showcase their new English skills and also tell their personal stories.  Attending this special school is giving them opportunities to succeed in life, improving their self-esteem, empowering them to support their families and also giving them a voice in society.

Related Stories

Fellow Francisco Resto Reaching Out Across Borders in Ukraine

Everyone is up and moving about when English Language Fellow Francisco Resto is leading class in Ukraine. Student-centered learning means that students are engaged kinesthetically, auditorily, and visually in the classroom. And the mind is kept equally active. Resto sometimes uses the ‘Sherlock Holmes Method to Teaching ESL,’ incorporating an educational mystery game that boosts…

Fellow Elizabeth Plummer Makes an Impact as an Educational Technology Trainer in South Africa

Based in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, English Language Fellow Elizabeth Plummer supports teacher professional development in technology at University of Witwatersrand’s Hub for Multilingual Languages and Literacies (HuMEL). Discover Plummer’s life as a Fellow as she manages a language laboratory, leads professional programs for local teachers, and mentors student researchers conducting projects in…

Fellow Bret Vlazny Fosters English as Diplomacy in Ramallah, West Bank

Based in Ramallah, West Bank, English Language Fellow Bret Vlazny is a cultural ambassador and visiting lecturer at Al-Quds Open University. Vlazny's placement has taken him throughout the region visiting university branches from Jenin to Hebron. Discover Vlazny's life as a Fellow as he introduces strategies for integrating classroom technology, delivers blended learning training for…

Follow Us on Twitter


#ELFellow Joe Voigts connects with people by listening to their stories and encouraging others to do the same. Base… https://t.co/l0Gx6DVN0M

3 days ago