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The 17th Chinese Bridge
April 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The 17th Chinese Bridge– Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students:
2018 Preliminary Contest in the State of Washington
Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA)
The UW Department of Asian Languages and Literature
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 28, 2018
Venue: Johnson Hall 102
University of Washington, Seattle Campus
The Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students
The Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students is an annual event organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in China. Over the past 17 years, the Chinese Bridge has become a platform for college students from all over the world to learn Chinese and understand China. The competition includes preliminary, regional, semi-final and final contests, with the preliminary competition organized by Confucius Institutes worldwide. All registered non-native Chinese college students are eligible to participate. CIWA will nominate the first and second place winners of the preliminary contest to compete in the Regional Contest in San Francisco (Contestants’ travel, meals and lodging will be covered by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco). Winners of the regional competitions will be sponsored to compete in the semi-final and final contests organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban in China, which will be globally broadcasted by CCTV, China’s largest media company. Final winners will receive awards and scholarships to study in China.
The Preliminary Contest
The Chinese Bridge – Preliminary Contest is open to all registered Washington state college-level students who are non-native Chinese speakers. It also serves as a qualifying contest for the Regional Competition held by the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco. The contest adopts the same format and structure used by Hanban in the final competition, which includes a 3-minute prepared speech, a knowledge quiz on China and a Chinese culture talent show, each part worth 100 points with a total of 300 points. Participants can choose to compete in all three categories or only one or two categories. Question pool for ” Knowledge Quiz on China” is provided to help contestants to prepare for the contest.
Part 1 – Prepared Speech: Constants give a 3-minute speech on one of the ten topics given in the database. An invited panel of judges will evaluate each contestant’s performance based on the speaker’s Chinese language proficiency.
See speech topics here
Part 2 – Knowledge quiz on China: Contestants answer 5 questions (randomly selected from the question pool) about China and Chinese language, each question worth 20 points. If more than one contestant receives the same highest score, additional questions will be asked & answered until the final winner is decided.
Question pool for ” Knowledge Quiz on China”:
Database Part 1
Database Part 2
Database Part 3
Part 3 – Chinese cultural talent show: Contestants demonstrate a Chinese culture skill: singing a Chinese song, performing a Chinese dance, doing paper-cutting or Chinese calligraphy, reciting Chines poems, doing a martial arts performance, playing a Chinese music instrument, etc. The panel of judges will evaluate each contestant’s performance.
Participants should be:
1.Registered undergraduate or graduate students in WA;
3.Speakers of Chinese as a foreign language.
Registration and Participation
To register for the competition, interested students shall register online. Registration will close on April 20, 2018. Participants can choose to compete in all three categories or only one or two categories. Register Here
Panel of Judges
A panel of 3-5 judges will be formed to evaluate the performances of all contestants. All judges are distinguished professors or leading instructors of Chinese from different universities in Washington State or the Confucius Institute visiting instructors from China.
1.Participants with the first 3 highest overall scores and participants with the highest score for each of the 3 individual categories (prepared speech, knowledge quiz on China and Chinese culture talent show) will be recognized with trophies and prizes.
2.All participating contestants will receive a Certificate of Participation of the 2018 Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students Washington Preliminary.
3.The first and second-place winners of the Washington State competition will be nominated by the Confucius Institute to participate in the Chinese Bridge Regional Competition for US Northwest held by Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco. Round trip tickets and accommodation will be provided.
4.The first place winner of the San Francisco regional competition will be nominated by the Chinese Consulate General to participate in the semi-finals held by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in China. International travel to and from China, local transportation and accommodation in China will be provided during the competition. The second place winner of the regional competition will be sponsored by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco to participate in the Chinese Bridge summer camp in China. The international travel, local transportation and accommodation in China will be provided.
1.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for all questions about the competition.
2.All contestants and leading instructors will be invited to the 8th CIWA Anniversary Dinner which will held from 5:00-8:00 pm, April 28, 2018 on UW campus. One-night hotel accommodation, mileage reimbursement or carpool expense may be available for contestants and leading instructors living 50 miles or more from Seattle. For details, please contact email@example.com.