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Who's Got Talent?

Extending student learning outside a classroom setting while having fun!

By Joshua Ansley Garcia 

On November 1st, 2017, the Division of Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies, in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary hosted the first ever, Japanese-Chinese Talent Show, in Science B 142. The event allowed students to showcase their talents and appreciation for their respective languages, with approximately 50 or more audience members in attendance.


The show was comprised of 11 acts ranging from students playing instruments, to singing, and also performing comedy. Contestants demonstrated their talents by performing pieces associated with either Japanese or Chinese culture, showcasing a wide variety of language capabilities amongst the students of the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures. These performances allowed audience members to not only be exposed to the different languages, but it also allowed students of the respective languages to extend their learning outside a classroom setting.
Comments from attendees included, “I liked how everyone was involved, cheering and welcoming. Everyone performed so well”, and “Great performances and atmosphere, there was really good energy”.


Audience members were not only entertained by the numerous performances, but they also took part in the Talent show through interactive activities within the event. “Fun Performances and atmosphere, the group/audience participation was also fun” commented one student. These interactive events included  a Love Live! dance demonstration, originating from a Japanese animation, and learning about Chinese Zodiacs. 

Congratulations to all of the contestants who participated in this event, and thank you to the attendees. Special thanks to the School for all of the support, as well as to the numerous teachers for their guidance. Without you, this event would not have happened.