The 18th Chinese Bridge Competition
April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The 18th Chinese Bridge– Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students: 2019 Preliminary Contest in the State of Washington
Organized by Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA)
The Department of Asian Languages and Literature (AL&L)
University of Washington
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 1 – 4 PM
Location: University of Washington, Johnson Hall 102
REGISTER HERE by April 20
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 18 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. Contestants enter to compete in three categories: Chinese language skills, knowledge about China and Chinese cultural skills. Winners of the regional competitions will be sponsored to complete in the semi-final and final in China, interact with young people from different cultures and explore Chinese culture through a variety of organized activities. Final winners will receive awards and scholarships to study in China.
Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students in WA
The Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for college students in Washington State is a local Chinese language contest open to all registered Washington state college students who are non-native Chinese speakers. The competition is co-organized by the Confucius Institute of the state of Washington and the Department of Asian Languages and Literature of the University of Washington. 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. A database of questions on China and Chinese language will be provided by CIWA and AL&L at UW to help participating students prepare for the contest.
Part 1 – Prepared Speech: Constants will be asked to make a 3-minute speech on one of the ten topics provided prior. An invited panel of judges will evaluate each contestant’s performance based on the speaker’s Chinese language proficiency.
Part 2 – Knowledge quiz on China: Contestants will be invited to answer 5 questions about China and Chinese language, each question worth 20 points. If more than one contestant receives the same highest scores, additional questions will be asked of each contestant until the final winner is decided.
Part 3 – Chinese cultural talent show: Contestants are invited to 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:
- Registered undergraduate or graduate students in WA;
- Non-Chinese citizen;
- 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, 2019. Participants can choose to compete in all three categories or only one or two categories.
Panel of Judges
A panel of 3-5 judges will be formed to evaluate the performances of all contestants. All judges will be distinguished professors or instructors of Chinese from different universities in Washington State or the Confucius Institute instructors from China.
- 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.
- All participating contestants will receive a Certificate of Participation of the 2019 Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students Washington Preliminary.
- 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.
- 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.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for all questions about the competition.
- One-night hotel accommodation, mileage reimbursement or carpool expense maybe available for contestants and leading instructors living 50 miles or more from Seattle.
For details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.