Adjudicators were impressed by students' performances at a language competition for a group of secondary schools. Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School hosted the prize-giving ceremony of the Spoken Language Competition (English and Chinese) earlier this month. It was organised by the Catholic Diocesan Schools Council's Secondary School Section. Former Lingnan College president Dr John Chen Tso-shun, an adjudicator who officiated at the ceremony, said language proficiency was directly related to practice. He was impressed by students' fluency, sense of humour and creativity in the use of both languages. Native English-speaking Teachers (NETs) from Diocesan secondary schools also played an active role in the contest. They were Rebecca Alderton from Cheung Sha Wan, Joshua Armstrong and Helen Skaife from Lai King, and David Mennier from Shek Lei. They were adjudicators in the English section and were in volved in the preliminary selection. . Ms Alderton suggested singing English songs in the shower as a good opportunity to practise English. The results of the competi tion were encouraging as bilingualism in language teaching and learning is the focus of all Diocesan secondary schools. Cheung Sha Wan Secondary School, an English-medium school, won the championship in the Chinese senior section. St Teresa Secondary School, a Chinese-medium school, emerged champion in the English junior section and first runner-up in the English senior category.