May. 16, 2013
A group of students from BVU was recently selected as finalists for the Cheng & Tsui SuperStar contest after submitting a video of themselves singing the Japanese song, “Chiisana Koi no Uta,” which translates to “Little Love Song.”
The contest – which is an Asian language karaoke competition for students who are studying Japanese – is sponsored annually by Cheng & Tsui, a Boston publisher of English and multilingual educational materials about Asia.
The students were Arik Ostler, a sophomore computer science – mathematics major from Red Oak; Ray Villarreal, a sophomore interdisciplinary modern languages major from Storm Lake; Tiffany Schlief, a freshman English major from Nemaha; and Maria Rebecc R. Pantoja Najera, a senior international business major from Alta.
Although the students’ participation in the contest was not part of a course and was not required, three of the students are currently enrolled in the Elementary Japanese II course and received extra credit for their efforts.
“These students did a great job,” says Yuriko Togashi, adjunct Japanese language instructor at BVU who teaches Elementary Japanese II. “Even though they had only two weeks to practice the song, they sang the song very well. They worked well as a team and learned some new Japanese words through this project. It was very exciting to be informed that they were selected as finalists.”