Competitions and Participation Events*


Quizlet Live Character Bee

Teams

Each school can enter 1 team per Chinese level (1, 2, 3, and 4+). Each team is made up of 4 students who are currently enrolled in that level of Chinese. Only 1 heritage student is allowed on a team and that student must be enrolled in that level of Chinese. If necessary, because of the 15 students per school limitation, 3 students can make up a team, but they should bring an extra Wi-Fi-enabled device and have one student operate 2 devices.

Competition Format

  • The first team to win 3 rounds of Quizlet Live receives 1st place and stops playing.
  • The second team to win 3 rounds receives 2nd place and stops playing.
  • The third team to win 3 rounds receives 3rd place and the competition is over.

Competition Schedule

Room1 Room2
9:00-9:45 Chinese 1 (Junior High) Chinese 2 (High School)
9:45-10:30 Chinese 2 (Junior High) Chinese 1 (High School)
10:30-11:15 Chinese 3 Chinese 4+

Poetry Recitation

New Poems!

Students are expected to memorize the text for their level. No reading is allowed. Contestants should introduce themselves and then recite the poem. After the recitation, the judges will ask students questions about the contents of the poem, which can be answered in English for levels 1-3, but should be answered in Mandarin for levels 4 and above. Immersion students should also answer the judges' questions in Mandarin. These questions may ask students to "summarize" or "talk about" their poem. Students may also be asked the author's name and which dynasty they are born in.

Number of Contestants per school who can compete:

  • Level 1 – 2 students
  • Level 2 – 2 students
  • Level 3/3H Immersion – 2 students
  • Levels 4/4H Immersion and above – 2 students
  • Heritage* – 2 students

Each level has one poem. Click here for native voice recording of the poems along with English translations and pinyin.

*A student who has at least one parent that speaks Mandarin in the home is considered a heritage student. If the student was born in a Chinese-speaking country and moved to the United States, they should have lived here at least 7 years in order to compete as a Heritage student in any Language Fair competition.

Judging Criteria:
Superior:优越 Nearly Flawless; spontaneous; exceptional performance
Excellent:优等 Little hesitation; very good pronunciation (includingtones) and expression
Very Good:很好 Some hesitation; good pronunciation (including tones)
Good: Halting; quite a few pronunciation and tonal problems, fair dramatic expression
Fair:尚可 Halting pronunciation; difficult to understand, dramatic expression lacking

Conversation / Interview

Students will have a conversation with a Chinese speaker based on topics that have been taught in class. Click on the corresponding link above for the level of your students to see possible questions. Students will be asked some or all of the questions for their level and are also expected to ask questions of the Chinese speaker. Students may be asked additional questions, which are similar to the questions on the sheet. All students will receive a ranking. No heritage students should participate in this competition.

Number of Contestants per school who can compete:

  • Level 1 – 2 students
  • Level 2 – 2 students
  • Level 3/3H (Immersion) – 2 students
  • Levels 4/4H (Immersion) and above – 2 students
Judging Criteria:
Superior:优越 Nearly flawless; spontaneous; exceptional performance; can confidently converse on all topics
Excellent:优等 Little hesitation; very good pronunciation (including tones); able to converse confidently on almost all topics
Very Good:很好 Some hesitation; good pronunciation (including tones); can converse confidently on most topics
Good: Halting; quite a few pronunciation and tonal problems; can converse confidently on some topics
Fair:尚可 Halting pronunciation; difficult to understand; cannot converse confidently on many topics


Confucius Institute Speech Competition

The University of Utah Confucius Institute will be sponsoring a speech contest. Participating students should pick a cultural product, practice, or philosophy to compare between America and China (e.g., school, government, names, history, folktales, yo-yos, environment, comic books, etc.) Students should introduce themselves, and speeches should be no longer than 5 minutes (including set-up time). Students may use notecards and an accompanying PowerPoint. After the presentation, a panel of judges will ask the presenter questions about their presentation. The students will be judged on content, language, ability to answer questions, and presentation.


Number of Contestants per school who can compete:

  • Level 2 – 2 students
  • Level 3/3H (Immersion) – 2 students
  • Levels 4/4H (Immersion) and above – 3 students
  • Heritage** – 3 Students

Prizes:

The winners of each level for the Confucius Institute Competition will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate.


Video Submissions

Each school is invited to enter ONE 3-5 minute Chinese-language video, written and produced by students (although teacher may offer guidance). The content for the video can be about any topic taught in class, and should include a cultural component. Emphasis should be on the quantity and quality of Chinese spoken equally by all participants.

Videos are submitted by uploading them to Youtube on any account and setting the privacy to unlisted (which means only those with the link to the video can view or find it). Send the URL/link of the video with the name of your school to chineseflagshipweb@gmail.com by April 13th. Also be sure to sign up here. Heritage** students should not comprise more than half of the students who participate in the video.

**A student who has at least one parent that speaks Mandarin in the home is considered a heritage student. If the student was born in a Chinese-speaking country and moved to the United States, they should have lived here at least 7 years in order to compete as a Heritage student in any Language Fair competition.

Videos will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


Art Display

Students are welcome to submit an original work of art (drawing, culture, etc.) that displays something from Chinese culture. All art will be displayed with the student’s name and the school’s name.

Each school can submit up to four art projects. Art projects will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Art objects can be brought the morning of the Language Fair.

Content must meet BYU standards. No sexual content or innuendo, immodest clothing, swearing, vulgarity, etc.

*Teachers should go online from March 31st – April 13th to schedule time slots for their school for each competition. Time slots will go on a first-come first-served basis. The school’s name or a student’s name should be put into the time slots.

 
 

>> General Registration

Register your school and specify how many students are in your program and how many will attend the Chinese Language Fair. Please complete registration by March 30th and payment must be received by April 7th.