UK: Chinese Speaking Competition (HSBC/British Council)

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 (Video courtesy of British Council)

Are you looking for ways to motivate your pupils?  Do you want to showcase the Mandarin in your school to others?  Do you want to raise the profile of Mandarin teaching across your school?  Just looking for new motivational opportunities for pupils to practise their Chinese speaking skills?

Why not enter your students for the HSBC/British Council Chinese Speaking Competition?

What is the competition?  This competition gives you the chance to test your Mandarin Chinese speaking skills in front of an audience of schools from all over the UK and a panel of illustrious judges. 

What is the prize?  A week long cultural visit to Beijing (5-13 April 2012 inclusive).  Of course, if you make it through the regional heats there is a whole day at the British Museum in London for the final, with extra activities provided to see Chinese exhibits and learn more about Chinese culture.

Who can apply?   The competition is for UK secondary school students* who are non-native speaking learners of Mandarin Chinese who have learnt the language ‘from scratch with no advantage’. For full details of eligibility, please read the Terms & Conditions.

When and where does the competition take place?  Northern heat – 6 December 2011 at Newcastle University.  London heat – 16 December 2011 at the London School of Economics.

Final – 10 February 2012 at the British Museum

What is the deadline for entries?  Deadline for entries is 13 October 2011. 

The competition structure:  The competition is divided into 2 sections: 

Individual Language Ability: Comprises the following categories: Beginner; Intermediate and Advanced.  The judges are looking for real communication and presentation, not rehearsed performance.  The winner of each category will be someone who has really got to grips with the Mandarin language appropriate to their level of learning.  

Group Performance:  for five or six participants from at least two year groups of the same school or college, the judges are looking for a group drama performance which has all the participants joining in and using the language.

How do I enter my school?  Use this online on-line entry link and associated important documents

Other important links & documents:

Terms & Conditions

Judging Criteria

Flyer (For promoting the competition in your school)

Entry Form Questions (This document shows the questions that schools will be asked to answer when completing the online entry form.  IMPORTANT: schools cannot enter the competition using a hard copy of this form.  All entries must be made using the online registration system.)

Contact details:  If you have any questions that are not answered by the information above please contact the British Council on:  Tel: 0161 957 7755; Email:

See the British Council website for more details.