Earlier last month on 9th of December 2013, Faculty of Languages and Communication organized a poetry recital competition that was participated by TESL students (Semester 1). “Poetry: The Final Destination” was held at the Academic Auditorium at 8.00 p.m. All 65 TESL 1 students participated, having their take at expressing themselves through the art of poetry with the themes of religion, nature, individual and society.This competition was a partial fulfillment of course work marks for Introduction to Literature (BTS 1033). The main objective of the competition was to serve as a platform for TESL students semester one to expand their talents in speech presentation in English. Apart from that, this competition also aimed to build students’ confidence in English performance.
The event started with an opening speech by the Head of English Language Learning Center, Dr. Kamariah binti Yunus. The poetry recital competition sparked its light with the first seven groups, Buddies, Cereal, Purple Lily, Red Velvet, Amigas, Star Glazing and The Chrysalis, each displaying their own creativity at reciting poetry. A performance by BEN 1 students who name themselves the Pepper Clappers followed afterwards.
The poetry recital continued with the last 6 groups; Sandwich Team, Dream Killers, Tenacious Girls, The Curry Puff Team, Datin Fazuka and Honey Star. Another performance by BEN 1 students took place on stage as the judges calculate the marks of each performing group and come to their final evaluation. The winning team of the night was Amigas, with their wonderful recitation of ‘Kill Them With Love’ by Boona Mohammed. The prize for 1st runner up was awarded to The Chrysalis, followed by Cereal as 2nd runner up and Dream Killers as 3rd runner up.
With this event, it is hoped that students find joy in expressing themselves through literature, perceive poetry as more than just words and find it intriguing in all its vast wonders that shape our lives. In the words of Audre Lorde, “Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”
Prepared by: Huda binti Bahruddin (TESL 1)
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