The 2019 Preliminaries of the “Chinese Bridge” Competition for Secondary School Students in the Netherlands

Time:Sunday 26 May 2019, 10:00 - 15:00
Venue:Sint Stanislascollege, Westplantsoen 71, 2613 GK Delft


In order to provide a stage for the students to show their Chinese language capacity, and meanwhile enhance Chinese enthusiasts' understanding of Chinese language and culture, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Confucius Institute at Leiden University will jointly organize the Preliminary of the 12th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students in the Netherlands.

Eligibility of Participants:
To be eligible, the participant must meet the following requirements:
•Currently enrolled high school student in the Netherlands
•Age from 15 to 20 at time of application
•Non-Chinese citizenship,non-native speakers of Chinese and are not born or raised in China
•Not attended and/or watched the Chinese Bridge finals in China.
Content of the Competition
The competition consists of three parts: knowledge quiz, speech, and talent show. The contestants draw lots to decide their order. The full mark is 100 points. Pleaseclick here to download the scoring criteria.
Part 1: Knowledge Quiz
The quiz takes the written form, covering Chinese culture, national conditions, Chinese language knowledge, etc. The full mark of this part is 30 points. Pleaseclick here to download the quiz questions for preparation.
NOTE: The questions are for reference only. Actual examination questions are not completely from this test question bank.
Part 2: Speech
This section includes 3 parts: self-introduction, a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. Every contestant is allotted 4 minutes. The full mark of this part is 40 points. Each contestant needs to prepare a one-minute self-introduction and a 2-minute unscripted speech before the competition. Contestants are free to choose their own speech topics. Contestants will draw lots to get their topic for the impromptu speech before getting on stage. Each contestant is allotted six minutes to prepare for a one-minute impromptu speech.
NOTE: The topics of the impromptu speech cover Chinese culture, national conditions, Chinese language knowledge, etc. Contestants can click hereto download the example topics. Topics on the day of competition are not necessarily from the example topics.
Part 3: Talent Show
Each contestant has a maximum of 3 minutes to show their talent that they have prepared based on their individual skills and interests. The full mark of this part is 30 points.
Prizes and Awarding Methods
1. The competition awards two first prizes, two second prizes, three third prizes, and several honorable mentions.
2. There are two single prizes: Best Elegance Award, for the highest scoring individual in the part of individual speech; Best Talent Award, for the highest scoring individual in the part of talent show.
3. Winners of the first are likely to be recommended to participate in the semi-final of the 10th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students to be held in China in 2019 (to be announced in due time). If approved by Hanban, the contestants will be provided by Hanban with the round-trip international airfare, and accommodation and transportation expenses for the competition in China.
4. Winners of the second prize are likely to be recommended to come to China in groups to watch the semi-final and final of the competition (to be announced in due time). If approved by Hanban, contestants will be provided by Hanban with the international airfare, and accommodation and transportation expenses in China.
Notes: If the first prize winners have previously been to China to participate in the semi-finals and watch the competition, in principal, they will no longer be recommended to go to China this year. Other prize winners will be recommended as substitutes according to the results of the competition.
Registration
Individuals who plan to participate in the competition please apply through your school, and fill in the application form for the 2019 Chinese Proficiency Competition for Dutch Secondary School Students and the Preliminary of the 12th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students in the Netherlands. Each registered school recommends a lead teacher, who will be responsible for the registration and liaison work. Pleaseclick hereto download the application form and send it to cbcleiden2019@gmail.com before 1 May, 2019. No later applications will be accepted.
The competition is open to the public and all people who are interested in Chinese culture and language are welcome to watch the competition. Contestants' family members and other students who are interested in learning Chinese are especially welcome to watch the competition.



Education Section, Embassy of the People's Republic
of China in the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Confucius Institute at Leiden University
    1 April 2019