Kansas City Chinese Speech Contest For Youth, University Students, and Adults

Kansas City Chinese Speech Contest

For Youth, University Students, and Adults

 

Information and Registration Form

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas, the Center for East Asian Studies of the University of Kansas

and the Kansas City Chinese American Association

 

         Preliminary Competition by Video Submission Due Friday, January 10, 2014
 

Final Competition January 19, 2014

9am to 12pm, Awards Ceremony at 12:30pm

Johnson County Community College (exact times to be confirmed)
 

Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in a Chinese program in any K12 school, university, or Chinese weekend school (or homeschool Chinese program), and adult learners are eligible. All contestants must be recommended by their respective Chinese language teacher (can be parent/homeschool teacher).
 

Please email the form below (can be in the body of an email) as instructed. Contestants should then submit a video entry by uploading it onto YouTube using the “Unlisted” privacy setting, then email the link to your video to ciku@ku.edu.

Here is a link to the YouTube help page on Unlisted videos: http://preview.tinyurl.com/bgp6cqt
 

In your email with the link, please include the following text:

By emailing the link to my “Unlisted” YouTube video, I hereby give permission for Kansas City Chinese Speech Contest judges to view and judge my speech competition entry.

The top contestants in each division will be invited to compete in the finals at Johnson County Community College on January 19, 2014.

Technical requirements:

Please record your video in MPEG-4

Do not add background music or other sound effects; Do not use PowerPoint, props, or other visual aids; Outdoor or indoor backgrounds are acceptable.

A quiet environment, with as little ambient noise as possible, is recommended

Videocamera angle should show the speaker’s head and shoulders (or from the waist up).

 

All speeches should be memorized and delivered in Mandarin Chinese without notes, printed materials, or Powerpoint. The contestant should compose his or her original speech. Speeches may quote other authors’ works but the majority of the work should be original. The contestant’s teacher may check the accuracy of the speech and suggest edits consistent with the student’s level of training.

The speech time limits and themes for each division are listed below.

It is the responsibility of the contestant’s teacher to place each student in the most appropriate category commensurate with the student’s training. The organizing committee, however, reserves the right to disqualify a contestant who provides false background and training information.

Categories:

Division I: Grades 1-5

  1. Students who have had fewer than three years of Chinese language study

Themes (choose one) for Division I: Group a: “All About Me/ One of My Family Members”

Video length: up to two minutes
 

  1. Students who have had more than three years of Chinese language study

Themes (choose one) for Division I: Group b: “All About Me/ One of My Family Members”

Video length: up to two minutes

 

  1. Heritage speakers*

Themes (choose one) for Division I: Group c: “My friend/My family”

Video length: up to two minutes

 

Division II: Grades 6-8

  1. Students who have had fewer than three years of Chinese language study

Themes (choose one) for Division II: Group a: “All About Me/ One of My Family Members”

Video length: up to two minutes

 

  1. Students who have had more than three years of Chinese language study

Themes (choose one) for Division II: Group b: “All About Me/ One of My Family Members”

Video length: up to two minutes

 

  1. Heritage speakers*

Themes (choose one) for Division II: Group c: “My friend/My family”

Video length: up to two minutes

 

Division III: Grades 9-12

 

  1. Students who are enrolled in high school Chinese 1 or equivalent

Themes (choose one) for Division III: Group a: “My friend/My family”

Video length: up to two minutes
 

  1. Students who are enrolled in high school Chinese 2 or equivalent

Theme for Division III: Group b: “My favorite…..(person, hobby, sport, etc.)”

Video length: up to three minutes

 

  1. Students who are enrolled in high school Chinese 3 or 4 or equivalent

Theme for Division III: Group b: “My dreams …..”

Video length: up to four minutes

 

  1. Heritage speakers *

Theme for Division III: Group d: “An Unforgettable Experience…”

Video length: up to four minutes

 

Division IV: University Students

 

  1. Students who are enrolled in university-level first year Chinese

Themes (choose one) for Division IV: Group a: “My friend/My family”

Video length: up to two minutes
 

  1. Students who are enrolled in university-level second year Chinese

Theme for Division IV: Group b: “My favorite…..(person, hobby, sport, etc.)”

Video length: up to three minutes
 

  1. Students who are enrolled in university-level Chinese – third year and above

Theme for Division IV: Group c: “My dreams …..”

Video length: up to four minutes

 

  1. Heritage speakers *

Theme for Division IV: Group d: “An Unforgettable Experience…”

Video length: up to four minutes

 

Division V: Adults
 

  1. Adults language learners at the novice level

  2. Adult language learners at the intermediate level or above

  3. Heritage speakers *

 

 

Theme for Division V:

“My dreams for the Year of the Horse”

Length: up to two minutes for group a;

up to three minutes for groups b;

up to four minutes for group c.

 

*Heritage speakers are those whose home language is Mandarin Chinese or who live in an environment where Chinese is spoken.

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Year of the Horse 2014 Kansas City Speech Contest for Youth Registration Form

 

Contest Name

Family/last name: Given/first name:

Name in Chinese, if any:

Age:

Grade:

School:

Weekend school or homeschool program (if different from main school):

Home address:

Email address:

Phone:

Chinese teacher’s name (can be parent of learning Chinese at home):

Chinese teacher email:

Chinese teacher phone:

Heritage speaker? Yes/no


 

T-shirt size (please specify youth or adult)


 

Recommended Division/category

Additional Comments:

 

Please email this form to ciku@ku.edu. (Either print the form out, scan, and email it to ciku, or simply copy and paste the questions, with your responses, into an email message.)


 

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