2018 Chinese Speech Competition and Character-bee Online Registration Form
Organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln
In order to stimulate enthusiasm and interest for learning Chinese and to provide learners of Chinese in the state of Nebraska an opportunity to use the language, the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will hold a Chinese Speech Competition and Character-bee for middle and high school students. This year there will be two competitions. In addition to the regular speech competition this year, we will also hold a character-bee, which challenges students to write and recognize Chinese characters.
This year’s speech competition and character-bee will be held on Saturday April 7, 2018 at the Omaha South Magnet High School auditorium (4519 S. 24th St. Omaha, NE 68107). The Competition will start at 1:00 PM.
If you are interested, please read the rules below to see if you are eligible, how to register, and the rules of the contests.
Contestants must be:
1) Non-heritage learners of Chinese in middle or high school in the state of Nebraska;
2) Eligible students can participate in either the Regular competition and/or the character-bee.
3) People who were born in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan are not eligible to participate in the formal competition (See the note below) except ethnically Chinese children adopted by non-Chinese speaking families and who did not grow up speaking the language.
Registration and Submission:
Registration for the regular competition is until April 2, 2018. Registration is done online. The registration form is at the bottom of this webpage.
For a list of possible characters that will be used in the character-bee, please download this list here.
If you have questions or need assistances, please contact Pamela Snyder.
Competition Rules and Guidelines
The speech competition will be held on April 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Omaha South Magnet High School Auditorium. All contestants are required to attend and participate in-person for consideration. The competition will be judged in separate competition ranks based on Chinese level.
Each contestant will present a 3-5 minutes prepared speech of 200 words or more in Chinese followed by answering 2 questions from the judges. Each contestant may choose one of the following topics for his/her speech according to their ranking group.
Speech Topics (choose according to your level):
Chinese I: 介绍你自己 Introduce yourself
Chinese II: 解释你为什么要学中文？Explain why you want to learn Chinese
Chinese III:介绍中国某一个城市或者有名的景点 Introduce a city or famous location in China.
New this year is the Chinese Character-Bee. The character-bee will test student's recognition and ability to write Chinese characters. The character-bee will be held immediately after the speech competition on April 7, 2018 in the Omaha South Magnet High School Auditorium. Contestants will be judged in three separate competition ranks based on Chinese level. The Character-bee will have two components: recognition and writing. The winner will be determined by the combined score from the recognition and writing portions of the competition. In the event of a tie, the tied contestants will go into a sudden death round in the character writing portion.
In the character recognition portion of the character-bee, students will be shown a Chinese character. Contestants must correctly identify its equivalent English meaning(s). Each correct answer gains one point and will continue for 10 characters. In the event of a tie, the round will continue until there is a clear winner. Contestants will be judged in three separate competition ranks based on Chinese level. Judges will be the ultimate arbiter of all answers. Contestants will have 20 seconds to answer questions. Contesting judges’ decisions will lead to disqualification.
Contestant is shown by judge this character:
Contestant will have to correctly identify in English as:
NOTE: All characters will be given in simplified characters.
In the character writing portion of the character-bee, contestants will be read a Chinese character and its equivalent meaning in English. Contestants may ask for an example of it used in a sentence or compound-word. Students will then have to write the character on a white-board. Characters will increase with complexity each round. Incorrect strokes or marks will be considered incorrect. Contestant continues until one contestant remains in a round. Each correct answer gains one point and will continue for 10 characters. In the event of a tie, the round will continue until there is a clear winner. Contestants will be judged in three separate competition ranks based on Chinese level. Judges will be the ultimate arbiter of all answers. Contesting judges’ decisions will lead to disqualification.
Judges will say to contestant:
qían meaning “money”
Contestant will have to write on the white board:
“钱” or “錢”
NOTE: Answers may be given in simplified or traditional characters.
In the interest of fairness, contestants will be divided into 3 groups according to their skill level and background in Chinese for both the regular and character-bee competitions.
A. Chinese I (First year of Chinese study in either High School or Middle School)
B. Chinese II (Second year of Chinese study in High School)
C. Chinese III and above (Third year or greater studying Chinese in High school or first year in college studying Chinese or greater).
NOTE: If the number of registered contestants in a rank is less than three, that rank will be combined with another ranking.
Scores will be given after each contestant finishes his/her recitation/speech by 3-5 judges who are Chinese language instructors and/or native Chinese speakers. Contestants will be judged on the following categories: pronunciation, grammar, fluency, relevance of content, and presentation.
All contestants will be awarded a certificate and a souvenir. All winners will be awarded a coupon for waiving one HSK exam fee held this fall or next spring. The top three contestants in the competition (combined speech and character-bee score) will receive cash awards as listed below:
1st Place Prize - $100
2nd Place Prizes - $60 each
3rd Place Prizes - $30 each
Regular Competition Registration: April 2, 2018
Competition Date and Time: April 7, 2018