Year 12 student, Bona Obiri-Yeboah is the only student from the North Queensland region to be selected for the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) Japanese Speaking Competition on the Gold Coast this weekend.
The 17 year old has been studying Japanese for six years, and recently won the Senior Division of the regional competition held in Townsville last month and due to his exceptional results MLTAQ has offered to cover travel and accommodation for Bona.
Excelling in Japanese competitions, last December Bona was also the winner of the Iwaki-Townsville Sister City Exchange program and was awarded with an all-expense paid trip to Japan to tour Iwaki.
Head of Languages at The Cathedral School, Mrs Linda Pradhan said this was the first time that our local competition is offering the winner of the Senior School Division the opportunity to participate in the event down south.
“This gives regional students the opportunity to compete at larger events. It is a credit to our local language programs and wonderful to see our students competing on a larger scale” continued Mrs Pradhan.
Mrs Pradhan said it is important that students learn another language whilst at school.
“In an increasingly global market, the ability to speak another language is the one thing that gives you an advantage in any chosen career. Regardless of whether you choose a career in science, engineering, government or defence, speaking a foreign language provides an advantage that sets you apart from others.”
“Language students are also more culturally sensitive and will become true global citizens of the future” added Mrs Pradhan.