CHINESE LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY-ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE AT SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
The Second Chinese Bridge
US West Coast High School Students
Chinese Speech Contest
Date: April 28, 2012
Location: Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave. San Francisco, CA 94132
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2012
Sponsors: The Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools
Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University
Co-sponsor: Hanban and Consulate General of the PRC in San Francisco
Registration and Rules :
1. The contestant must be a student currently enrolled in a Mandarin Chinese program during
the current school year at a high school that is fully accredited by the Western Association
of Schools and Colleges (WASC), or is a member of the National Association of
Independent Schools (NAIS).
2. The instructor of the contestant must be a current member in good standing of the Chinese
Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS). The annual
membership fee must be paid by the instructor before students are eligible to compete.
3. Each school may enter up to two students for the contest. Individual schools should decide
how their participants are selected (e.g. holding a preliminary school-wide speech contest).
4. Heritage students already speaking Mandarin before taking Chinese in school are not
5. Students who have participated in the previous Chinese Bridge US Secondary School
Student Chinese Speech Contest are not eligible.
6. Based on the results of the preliminary selection from the entries, 15 finalists will be
invited to San Francisco to compete on-site. The finalists will receive some stipends for
their travel and hotel (funds pending). The invitation notice will be sent out by April 15,
2012, along with detailed information regarding the final contest. Finalists must be present
on-site to compete for the final contest on April 28, 2012. The Winner of the contest will be
recommended to represent US West Coast schools to participate as a contestant in the
Chinese Bridge Speech Contest to be held in China, during the summer of 2012. All
finalists (limited to incoming and current high school students) will be invited to participate
in the 2012 Summer Camp for American High School Students, details for which will be
announced at the final contest.
7. The theme of the speech is “I like the Chinese Language and Culture.” Students are free to
develop the content based on their own language learning and life experiences. The speech
must be between four to five minutes in length. During the on-site contest, four questions
will be asked immediately based on the delivered speech.
8. The contest is for high school students only. There will be 3 categories:
? Beginner Group for students who have learned Chinese for less than 2 years
? Intermediate Group for students who have learned Chinese for less than 4 years
? Advanced Group for those who have learned Chinese for more than 4 years or have
stayed in China for more than 6 months
9. To be entered into a screening for the final contest, each participant should submit the
1) two completed Registration Forms (in Chinese and English)
2) the recorded and labeled CD or audiotape (4 - 5 minutes)
3) the printed script of the speech
10.Registration (use attached Registration Forms in Chinese and English) begins on February
15, and ends on April 1, 2012. The Application Forms must include a student photo (2
inch x 2 inch /color), a student signature, a parent or guardian’s signature as well as the
recommending teacher’s signature.
11.Please place all required materials in one envelope and mail it to the following address by
April 1, 2011.
Mr. Baocai Paul Jia
Cupertino High School
10100 Finch Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Please note: Incomplete applications will not be processed. All registrations
must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2011, and no late registrations will
For more details or questions, please refer to www.classk12.org,
or email to Mr. Baocai Paul Jia