Preparing an entry as an individual
You need to give a two minute presentation on a topic of your choice e.g family and friends, school, home and pets, leisure time, festivals etc. The judges will mark on how well you communicate your presentation, your fluency of Mandarin, your use of vocabulary, grammar and your pronunciation.
Your teacher will make sure you are entered into the right category for your level of learning.
Preparing an entry as a Group
Your group must prepare a five minute presentation together in Mandarin. The judges will mark the group on their communication, pronunciation, use of vocabulary and grammar. You also need to think about how the performance relates to Chinese culture as this category includes marks for cultural content.
Also, make sure that all members of your group take part and that no one person has a bigger part than another.
What is an entry? Your entry can be traditional or modern, but it should be something which is uniquely Chinese, related to Chinese culture or China. You also need to write it yourselves without help from your teacher.
Our Top tips for all entrants
Pay attention to tones and correct stress patterns - The competition rewards ability to communicate in Mandarin. And communicating effectively means getting your tones and stress patterns broadly right - that goes for vowel and consonant sounds too.
Stick with a language level with which you feel comfortable - It’s easy to be tempted to show off by including advanced vocabulary. You are encouraged to be a bit adventurous but the more ambitious you are, the more difficulty you’ll have using the words when questioned. Make sure you are saying things that you understand.
Don't memorise too much - For the Individual Language Ability categories, the judges are looking for students who can use the language to talk about topics without sounding too rehearsed. Watch out for learning it all by heart.
On the day of the performance:
Don't panic when you make a mistake - We understand that you will be nervous on the day. The odd tone mistake won’t be penalised so remain calm and carry on if this happens to you.
It’s also an important part of your preparation to make sure you have read the judging criteria.
You can also read our full guidelines for students