A great, fun opportunity for students to practise and improve their Mandarin Chinese language skills. 

The British Council is pleased to announce that a digital Mandarin Speaking Competition concluded on 18 May 2021 with the Live Celebration Event. The competition provided a great opportunity for 200 secondary school students from 67 schools, either in the individual categories or the group videos to practise and improve their Mandarin language skills and all the judges were impressed by the quality of performances this year.

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Winners and Runners up of the Mandarin Speaking Competition 2021

Students competing in the + categories have 3+ curriculum hours of Mandarin per week. Competing students were assessed on communication, fluency, usage and pronunciation.

All students gave a two minute presentation and had two clarifying questions related to that. Depending on their level, there were also translation questions, and a scenario to prepare and give a short impromptu speech on.  

When the finalised scores were within one point of difference, joint-places have been awarded. 

Individuals: Beginner  

Position School  Student
First place Grove Academy Emily
Second place LVS Ascot Nikon
Joint third place Hampton School Jacob
Joint third place Norwich School Amelia

Individuals: Beginner+

Position School  Student
First place Kingsford Community School Daniela
Second place Williamwood High School Roderick
Third place Bishop Vesey's Grammar School Ediz

Individuals: Intermediate

Position School  Student
First place North London Collegiate School Stella
Second place The King's School Canterbury Adele
Joint third place Boroughmuir High school Elisa
Joint third place Jordanhill Anna
Joint third place Calday Grange Grammar School Patrick
Joint third place Norwich School May
Joint third place Brighton College Max

 Individuals: Intermediate+

Position School  Student
First place Kingsford Community School Matas
Second place Epsom College Mia
Joint third place Anglo European School Alex
Joint third place Dartford Grammar School Aryan
Joint third place Sevenoaks School Rodion
Joint third place James Gillespie's High School Lucy

Individuals: Advanced

Position School  Student
First Place Highgate School Chloe
Second Place Christ's Hospital Edward
Third Place Wimbledon High School Eloise

Groups: Beginner

Position School Student
First Place Brune Park Community School Phoebie, Isabelle, Emma, Titas, Thomas 
Joint Second Place Kingsford Community School Raphaela, Kaeden, Ieva, Argin
Joint Second Place Jordanhill School Oliver, David, Carla, Anna
Third Place Earlston High School Abby, Callum, Leo, Fraser

Groups: Intermediate

Position School Student
First Place Hove Park School George, Illango, James, Fintan, Katie
Second Place Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Kesh, Matthew, William, Yusuf
Third Place Kingsford Community School Sara, Nazmia, Khadija, Joshika, Yogavan 

The celebration involved contributions from 2019 Winners, the Chinese Embassy, Rt Hon Nick Gibb, and British Council CEO Kate Ewart Biggs. 

Applications are now closed. For enquiries please call our customer services team on 0161 957 7755 or email MSCompetition@britishcouncil.org.


This was the first year that the competition went online. We changed the format somewhat, and provided information and processes in a bit of a different way.

We would like to learn from our first pilot approach, and need to hear from both teachers and students on your opinion on how the Speaking Competition worked this year.

Teachers: British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition 2020 Teacher evaluation form

Students: British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition 2021 Student Evaluation Form