In a movie, every year, children from the districts are selected to participate in a compulsory annual televised death match called The Hunger Games. We all love the trilogy, and some of you may be into the movie adaptation. We are intrigued by Katniss Everdeen and her adventures in Panem. You may be wondering what a Chinese TV show called Star of Outlook has to do with The Hunger Games. Well, the simple truth is they are just as fierce.
The Star of Outlook English Competition, sponsored by CCTV, the Chinese State television network, is the largest English competition in China and, ostensibly, the world. It has been held annually since 2000 and reached over 50 million contestants so far. Hundreds of thousands of students, divided into different groups (K, 1-6, 7-12 and college) compete to win a place at the National Championship every summer.
by Andy Zhao
Teacher Recruitment Coordinator
Getting to the Star of the Outlook national finals, which is televised for a huge audience in China, is a strenuous task that involves round after round of wearying tests. It often lasts for a few days. Every child is against about 5 million of their peers from around China, which means insane pressure. But it is totally worth it because winning means fame, entrance to a good college, a bright future. All kids want to win. Perhaps the bigger wish comes from their parents that have high expectations for their children.
VIPKID is very proud to say that some of our students have made big leaps at the Star of the Outlook competition.
Sucy, 9-year old, from Shenzhen, made it to the 2nd place at the CCTV 2016 Star of Outlook English Talent Competition. (Final Shenzhen)
She’s been studying with VIPKID over half a year and has 3-4 sessions a week. Her mother mentioned her speaking and listening have improved dramatically with the program. Sucy’s mother loves three things about VIPKID:
1) All teachers are from the US or Canada, 1-on-1 sessions, relaxed and engaging classes, encouraging and fun teachers
2) Flexible schedule, very easy to cope with busy school days
3) No commute time, can learn from home, super convenient
Eric, 10-year old, who is from Xiangtan, Hunan got the 1st prize at the 2016 CCTV Star of Outlook English Talent Competition. (Final Xiangtan)
Eric has a better chance at getting to the national finals. He manages to have 4-6 sessions a week and has been studying at VIPKID for over 7 months. His mother told VIPKID they have special secret weapon: asking for instructions from you awesome VIPKID teachers before each test. Finger crossed.
May one of them be the next Katniss Everdeen.
If you want to read more about the Star of Outlook, check this terrific story by Qiwei Wang on the GB Times.