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Inaugural Minnesota Chinese Speech Contest

Minnesota students (grades 1-12) are cordially invited to participate in the inaugural Minnesota Chinese Speech Contest. Students from grades 1-8 will participate in the contest entitled “Fun with Chinese (学习中文真开心)”, and can choose one of the following formats: Chinese speech, Chinese recitation, Chinese cultural demonstration, or Chinese story telling. Regardless of format, each presentation should be between two and two and a half minutes long.

Students from grades 9-12 and 8th grade students born on or before Oct. 8, 2002, can participate in the contest entitled “My future with Chinese (中文与我的未来)." The contest will include written test on Chinese cultural trivia, a two-minute speech, and a talent performance. Winners from this contest will represent Minnesota in the 2017 Midwest Regional Chinese Speech Contest for High School Students in Valpraiso, Indiana on May 13, 2017. Click here for 2016 Midwest Regional Chinese Bridge Speech Contest Recap.

The Chinese Bridge Speech Contest started in 2007 to provide a stage for Chinese high school learners all over the world to communicate with each other and present their achievements in learning Chinese. The Midwest Regional Chinese Bridge Speech Contest selects the most qualified candidate to represent the Midwest to compete in the 10th Global Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for High School Students.

April 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Registration Deadline: March 17, 2017

Teacher Recommendation:

Grades 1-8 non-immersion students and grades 9-12 students (including eligible 8th grader) must submit a teacher recommendation form as part of their online application. Download the Teacher Recommendation Form here.

Written Exam for Grades 9-12:

Grades 9-12 (including eligible 8th grade) students must complete a written exam on Chinese language and culture on April 22. Click here for the written exam questions. ***All questions on the written exam will be from this document ***



Rubrics for Grades 1-8. The Grades 1-8 rubric will be applied to ALL of the four contest formats, and incorporated components of cultural relevance, language accuracy, complexity, and fluency, in addition to presentation.

Rubrics for Grades 9-12 (and eligible 8th graders). This document contains two rubrics: one for speech and one for talent performance. 


Consultants and Judges:
A team of Chinese language teachers from University of Minnesota and Minnesota K-12 schools will serve as the judges of the contest.

Contestants coming from outside the Greater Twin Cities metro may be eligible for one night of accommodation on Friday April 21. Contact the Confucius Institute for more details.

Confucius Institute at University of Minnesota
Suite 160, University International Center
331 17th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414


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