The Eighth “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Elementary and Secondary School Students Preliminary Contest took place in Tucson on April 18 and 22, hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA). Eleven contestants, rigorously selected from local schools, took part in the competition.
The competition was divided into introductory, intermediate and advanced groups and contestants were required to demonstrate their Chinese language abilities, knowledge of Chinese culture and participate in a talent show relating to Chinese culture. This year, participants presented a speech from among the themes, “A Chinese person that I know,” “An interesting aspect of learning Chinese,” and “My Chinese dream,” all geared toward demonstrating students’ Chinese language proficiency as well as their knowledge of the country and enthusiasm for Chinese cultures.
Aubrianna Banales from BASIS Oro Valley Primary School was the introductory group champion; Nolan Black from Mesquite Elementary School in the Vail School District and Ryan Goodwin from BASIS Oro Valley Primary School won second place. Tripp Rosenfelt from BASIS Tucson was the intermediate group champion; Navid Sohrab from the Accelerated Learning Laboratory was the advanced group champion.
Students demonstrated their impressive knowledge of Chinese culture by answering questions posed by the competition judges. They also showed off their talent by singing Chinese songs, making Chinese crafts and demonstrating Chinese games.
In a convivial atmosphere, teachers and parents enjoyed watching their students competently speaking a beautiful foreign language and cheered them on with their warm applause. They became excited about their students working hard for something they are really enthusiastic about. One of the parents, Mr. Robles, said it’s a great opportunity for kids to practice with their peers and to gain a better understanding of the meaning and significance of what they’re learning. He remarked that it was great that the Chinese language had brought his family together as well!