Chinese Proficience Contest, 2019
2019 Tennessee High School Chinese Proficiency Contest
Purpose: To showcase achievements of Tennessee high school Chinese learners and teachers, as well as to select the most qualified candidates to represent the Tennessee High School students in the Midwest High School Chinese Speech Contest.
Eligibility: All current grade 9-12 high school Chinese language students in Tennessee High schools recommended by schools with reputable Chinese language programs are eligible to participate. However, heritage native speakers of Chinese who came to the U.S. after the age of 13 are not eligible. Each school can send up to 12 candidates. The Organizing Committee of the Contest and CIMTSU reserve the right to make the final decision on candidates’ eligibility to participate in the contest.
Levels of competition: Contestants will be divided into 4 Levels based on their HSK test result of the highest level if they have an HSK score, or based either on their number of years they have studied Chinese or number of years they lived in China if they don’t have an HSK score:
Level 1: for Students who have passed HSK 2 or HSK 1, or students who have studied Chinese
for 2 or less years, or students who had lived in China for 1 year or less;
Level 2: for Students who have passed HSK 3, or students who have studied Chinese for more than 2 but less than 3 years, or students who had lived in China for more than 1 but less than 3 years;
Level 3: for Students who have passed HSK 4, or students who have studied Chinese for 3 or more years but less than 5 years, or students who had lived in China for 3 or more years but less than 5 years;
Level 4: for Students who have passed HSK 5, or students who have studied Chinese for 5 or more years, or students who had lived in China for 5 or more years.
Format of competition: The Contest is comprehensive and divided into two Rounds.
In Round One, ALL registered contestants are required to participate in the following two types of competition. Contestants will need to fill out the regular online application form and email two video recordings, a video recording for each type of competition to Yichan.email@example.com.
Speech in Mandarin: divided into and judged by the 4 Levels, ALL contestant will deliver a 2-minute speech in Mandarin in the topic of "我在美国学中文";
Chinese Talent Show: each contestant demonstrates his/her talent in an area that highlights one aspect of Chinese culture, such as Chinese music, painting, calligraphy, martial arts, dance, etc.
CIMTSU is authorized by the Organizing Committee to decide the qualification of applicants. Winners will be selected by their recordings.
ALL contestant of round two will be divided into and judged by the 4 Levels. Qualified participants from round one who are willing and able to travel to Valparaiso University for further competition (the grand prize) are required to participate in the following two types of competition (round two):
Written Chinese Language Exam: ALL contestants will take a one-hour written Chinese language exam. (Questions of the written exam will be chosen from Preparatory Materials for the Written Exam provided with this announcement).
One-minute impromptu speeches on given topics, and participate in the Quiz, an oral trivia activity focusing on topics of Chinese culture and history. (Questions for the Quiz will be chosen from Preparatory Materials for the Quiz provided with this announcement).
The exact location for the second competition will be determined by the number of eligible participants. If the number is small, Chinese teachers in local schools will be utilized to assist in administration. If the number is large, all students will be invited to participate in a competition at MTSU. The date will be determined based on the final number but will be before May 1st.
Round One: March 12 – April 1, 2019
Please provide the videos of Round One with the application form by April 1, 2019 to Yichan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online application form for the contest is available at “here”.
The winners of Round One will be announced on April 8, 2019 or before.
Round Two: TBA
Awards and Prizes:
Outstanding Individual Award: Three students with the highest total score in the top level will win the first, second, and third prize of this award, respectively. Each winner will receive a plaque and certificate;
Excellent Chinese Learner Award: the top three students of each level of Levels 1-3 will win this award;
Individual Awards: one Best Speech, one Best Talent Show, and one Future Sinologist Award for respective category;
Award for Successful Participation: All contestants will receive this award for participation;
Award for schools: Any schools that have a good ratio of participation and individual awards will receive a school organization award.
All the qualified students will receive a free trip to Valparaiso University to represent Tennessee High Schools in the Midwest High School Chinese Speech Contest on May 4th, 2019.
At Valparaiso University:
The first prize winner of the top level will receive a trophy, certificate, and a free trip to China to represent the Midwest in the 12th global Chinese Bridge High School Speech Contest to be held in China in fall of 2019.
关于举办 2019 年田纳西州高中生汉语竞赛的通知
为展示田纳西州高中的汉语教学水平，并选拔优秀学生代表田纳西州高中参加中西部高中汉语演讲比赛，特举办 2019 年田纳西高中生汉语竞赛。
一、参赛资格:所有在田纳西州高中(9-12 年级)学习汉语的学生经由学校推荐 后，拥有参赛资格。但是，13 岁以后来美国且母语为汉语的华裔学生不能参加本次比 赛。每所学校最多可以选派 12 名参赛选手。组委会和中田纳西州立大学孔子学院 (CIMTSU)对候选人的比赛资格拥有审定权。
二、级别划分:依据参赛选手通过的汉语水平考试(HSK)级别，选手们将分为 4 个 级别进行比赛。如果没有 HSK 成绩，则根据他们学习中文的年数或在中国居住的年数划 分级别。
1 级:已通过 HSK 1-2 的学生，或学习中文少于 2 年(含 2 整年)的学生，或在中 国居住少于 1 年(含 1 整年)的学生;
2 级:已通过 HSK 3 的学生，或学习汉语 2 年以上但不满 3 年的学生，或在中国居 住 1 年以上但不满 2 年的学生;
3 级:已通过 HSK 4 的学生，或已学习中文 3 年以上但不满 5 年的学生，或在中国 居住 3 年以上但不满 5 年的学生;
4 级:已通过 HSK 5 的学生，或已学习中文 5 年以上(含 5 整年)的学生，或在中国居住 5 年以上(含 5 整年)的学生。
比赛共分为两轮。在第一轮比赛中，所有注册参赛者需参加以下两种类型的比赛。 参赛者需要填写在线申请表，并通过电子邮件将两场比赛的录像发送至邮箱 email@example.com。
1.普通话演讲:此轮比赛按 4 个级别分级评判。所有选手将以“我在美国学中文”为主题，发表 2 分钟的中文演讲，内容自拟。
1.笔试:所有参赛者将参加时长为 1 小时的中文笔试(题目将从本次比赛笔试题库中抽选，题库随本通知同时发布)。
2. 第一轮比赛获胜者的名单将于 2019 年 4 月 8 日前宣布。
1.杰出个人奖:参加第 4 级比赛的前三名学生将分别获得该奖项的一等奖，二等奖和 三等奖。每位获奖者将获得一个奖牌和证书。
2.优秀汉语学习者奖: 1-3 级比赛的各级前三名学生将获得此奖项。
遴选出的优胜者将代表田纳西州高中，免费前往瓦尔帕莱索大学参加 5 月 4 日举 行的中西部高中汉语演讲比赛。中西部高中汉语演讲比赛最高级别的一等奖获胜者将 获得奖杯、证书，并将代表美国中西部高中生，免费前往中国参加将于 2019 年秋季举 行的第 12 届世界“汉语桥”高中生中文演讲比赛。
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