The 8th Annual CIUA Chinese Language and Culture Day
and Global Confucius Institute Day
第八届亚大孔院 “中华语言文化日” 暨 “全球孔子学院日”
Date: Saturday, November 9th, 2019, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
Registration Deadline: *Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 (for Drama, see below for registration links)
*Thursday, October 10th, 2019 (for Talent Showcase, see below for registration links)
*Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 (for Display table)
*Background slide and music files are preferably submitted together with the registration forms, but they can be postponed one week after if necessary, with their file names clearly noted in the registration forms.
Organizer: Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA)
Theme: Our Home, Our Earth（地球，我们的家园）
This exciting and meaningful day is designed specifically for students who are learning Chinese to come together for friendly competition, have fun with Chinese cultural activities, and celebrate Global Confucius Institute Day.
Mandarin Chinese language students from Tucson and its surrounding areas are all invited to participate in the day’s competitions.
Chinese Language & Cultural Proficiency Team Competition
Part 1: Chinese-language Dramatic Skit (max 5 minutes)
Part 2: Knowledge quiz of China and Chinese language
Chinese Culture-related Talent Showcase for K – 12 and College Students
Winners of the Team Competition will have the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Southwest US region secondary school and college student Chinese Bridge Competition as well as receive free Chinese language and culture coaching at CIUA.
Event highlights include: live Chinese music and martial arts performances, Chinese calligraphy displays, painting and crafts, cultural exhibitions, and various hands-on games. Trophies, certificates, and prizes will be presented to the winners of the competition.
Schools/Groups are invited to sign-up for an exhibition table to showcase their Chinese language and culture programs and students’ work. Please email Ms. Ying Yuan (firstname.lastname@example.org, cc to email@example.com) with requests or questions.
9:30am - 2:00pm Exhibitions and games
9:00am - 9:30am Lead teacher sign-in for team competition and meal tickets
9:50am - 12:00pm Opening Ceremony and Chinese Language & Cultural Proficiency Competition
11:30am - 1:30pm Lunch (only with meal ticket from CIUA)
12:30pm - 2:00pm Chinese Culture-related Talent Showcase
2:00pm - 2:30pm Awards Ceremony
Chinese Language & Cultural Proficiency Competition
Chinese drama 90%
Knowledge of China and Chinese language quiz 10%
There will be three competition levels: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each level consists of students who have learned Mandarin for 1-2 years, 3-4 years, and 5+ years, respectively.
Each drama group should have between three and five students. Each group should have no more than one student with Chinese heritage.
The quiz will immediately follow the dramatic skit.
Quiz questions will cover daily oral communication skills, basic Chinese characters, Chinese national conditions, Chinese holidays and customs, and historical and cultural aspects of China. Each team will be required to answer three questions. Upon the host’s completion of asking a question, team members have 10 seconds to answer. A team representative will raise his/her hand to answer the question.
Chinese Culture-related Talent Showcase (Non-Competitive)
Dance, Song, Martial Arts, Chinese Instrument, Other (must be relevant to Chinese culture)
Performance time is limited to 3 minutes or less per performance with no more than 2 performance groups per school/department.
Competing students must be registered and receiving instruction in a Mandarin Chinese class at the time of the event.
Tucson’s Chinese schools and non-Chinese schools will compete in different brackets.
All teachers are required to ensure their students are well-prepared for the competition.
Registration – For Drama, DEADLINE OCTOBER 1ST; For Talent Showcase, DEADLINE OCTOBER 10TH.
Registration is FREE! Language teachers need to organize students as a team to enroll for both competitions. Please fill out relevant registration information (see below) by OCTOBER 1ST and OCTOBER 10TH, respectively.
Registration form for the Chinese Language & Cultural Proficiency Competition: Registration form (for Drama).xlsx
Registration form for the Chinese Culture-related Talent Showcase (Non-Competitive): Registration form (for Talent Show, non-competitive).xlsx
Lunch is FREE for all participating students and teachers; lunch will be available for parents to purchase if they pre-register with their children’s Chinese teacher. Please include this information in your registration form and have it sent back before the deadline.
Awards and Recognitions
"Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition opportunities for non-Chinese Secondary School and College Students in 2020, “Chinese Bridge” Summer Camp opportunities in China, scholarship opportunities for studying Chinese language and culture in China, free HSK test opportunities at CIUA’s official HSK test center, T-shirts, Chinese books, school supplies and much more will be awarded.
School trophies will also be handed out based on overall performance and participation in all competitions. Professional Development Certificates will be given to the language teachers of the winning teams.
CIUA’s Chinese Language and Culture Day and Global Confucius Institute Day not only celebrates Tucson’s Mandarin Chinese language students’ accomplishments, but also the outstanding work of its language teachers. This event offers a unique opportunity for the Tucson community to recognize Tucson’s achievements in foreign language education and to provide students with a platform to showcase their Chinese language and cultural knowledge and talents. This event is also part of CIUA’s ongoing effort to raise the visibility of Southern Arizona’s Mandarin Chinese language teachers’ outstanding commitment and skills.