U.S. Midwest Chinese Bridge Speech Contest
Sponsored by Hanban and Chinese Consulate General in Chicago
Co-Organized by Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
and Confucius Institute
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Date : Saturday, April 27, 2013
Place: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
We are very pleased to announce that this year’s U.S. Midwest Chinese Bridge Speech Contest will be held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Your Chinese language students are cordially invited to come to the Twin Cities, surrounded by 10,000 lakes to participate in the Speech Contest.
All undergraduate or graduate students currently studying the Chinese language in colleges or universities in the Great Lakes Region and surrounding Midwest areas are eligible to participate. This contest does not include high school students or heritage speakers of Chinese who came to the U.S. after the age of 16.
Depending on the level of his/her Chinese-language class, contestants will be divided into six different groups to compete. Each university can send a maximum of eight contestants in total.
Group 1: 1st-year language students
Group 2: 2nd-year language students
Group 3: 3rd-year language students
Group 4: 4th -and 5th-year language students
Group 5: 1st- and 2nd-year heritage students
Group 6: 3rd- and 4th-year heritage students
Each contestant will 1) present a short prepared speech (without referring to notes) of five minutes or less. The speech should be an original work written by the contestant, instructors input is allowed before the competition; 2)perform a Chinese cultural talent. The talent show could be singing, dancing, calligraphy demonstration, paper cut demonstration, puppet show, martial arts demonstration, painting or playing Chinese music. We cannot provide any musical instruments. The speech will weigh 80% and the talent show will weigh 20%.Contestants will be judged by experienced local Chinese K-12 teachers.
Please make sure that you separate Chinese heritage contestants from non-heritage contestants. For example, all Chinese dialect speakers (including Cantonese speakers), no matter where they were born, are considered as heritage learners. If one of the parents of a contestant is Chinese, the contestant will be considered “Heritage” learner. Contestants from Korea or Japan are considered non-heritage learners.
The judging committee’s decision will be final. To maintain unbiased judging, no contestant will reveal which university he/she represents.
Each contestant will receive a prize (gold, silver, or bronze). To be specific, a gold (first) and silver (second) award will be presented in each of the six groups. All non-placing contestants will be awarded a bronze prize.
Please use the attached registration form to confirm your participation. The forms should be filled out by the student and the student’s instructor, signed by Director of the Chinese program at each college or university or Confucius Institute, and faxed to Ms. Jennifer Wilson at 612-624-5513 on or before March 15, 2013
You may also email the registration form to Ms. Chi-ping Li at firstname.lastname@example.org by the March 15 deadline.
10:30 Judging Committee Meeting
11:00 Registration starts
11:30 Advisory Committee meeting
1:00 Speech Contest begins
5:00 Closing Ceremony
Food , Transportation and Accommodation
Lunch and dinner will be provided. Transportation and accommodation funding might be provided depending on the availability of funds. Please apply to your home institution and/or local Confucius Institute to cover your expenses for the contest.
If you plan to stay overnight before or after the day of the contest, we are happy to make reservations for your team. Please indicate your preferences on the registration form.
The director of each program should also indicate whether the program director and/or instructors are also coming. We can arrange for you to stay in the same hotel.
We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Minnesota! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Chi-ping Li at email@example.com.
The Organizing Committee for Chinese Speech Contest
February 12, 2013