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Inaugural Minnesota Chinese Speech Contest

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 which takes place in Indiana this year will select the most qualified candidate to represent the Midwest at this year's 10th Global Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for High School Students in China.

To acknowledge the growing Chinese language program offerings in Minnesota and to highlight the talented students that are enrolled in state-wide Chinese language progams, this year the Confuicus Institute will host a competition for students studying Chinese at not only the high school level, but also students in grades 1-8. Students who study Chinese as a second language and in an immerison setting in grades 1-8 and grades 9-12 are encouraged to particiapate.

Event Details

April 22, 2017

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

Grades 1-8 competion: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades 9-12 competion: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Grades 1-8
Michael EversonGrades 9-12

Keynote Address:
Michael E. Everson
is an Independent Consultant and Emeritus Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education at the University of Iowa. After teaching Chinese for 10 years at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, he spent 18 years at the University of Iowa College of Education coordinating one of the few K-12 Chinese language teacher certification programs in the United States. Learn more!

19th Avenue Ramp, located at 300 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
21st Avenue Ramp, located at: 400 21st Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Lot 94, located at: 2115 5th Street S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
(Visit links provided for more informaiton about parking rates)

Competion Caterogies

The application and nomination deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting applications.

Competion Details

Grades 9-12:
Writting Exam
Students competing in the grades 9-12 competition (including eligible 8th graders) must complete a written exam on Chinese language and culture on April 22. Download the sample exam here.

Students from grades 9-12 and eligible 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. Top 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.

Grades 1-8:

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 presentation formats: Chinese speech, Chinese recitation, Chinese cultural demonstration, or Chinese story telling. Regardless of format, each presentation will be limted to two and a half minutes. Immersion students will compete in their respective grade levels. Contestants competing at the non-immersion level will compete in the following categories: grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7-8.


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. 


High School

Grades 1-8

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
Phone: 612-625-5080


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