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2014 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

Monday, November 3, 4:00-7:00pm

Harland Cinema, Emory University

605 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322

Award Winners:

 

Category: Intermediate

Silver: Jae-Hyun Jeffrey Rhee (Emory University)

Bronze:Kylie Baker (Emory University) , Michael Scott (Morehouse College), Ansley Carlisle (Spelman College)

Category: Intermediate-Advanced

Silver:Willie Thompson (Morehouse College)

Bronze:Mallory Carnes (Emory University), Isabelle Saldana (Emory University), Alexandra Nunez (Emory University)

Honorable Mention:Joon Hyuk Jang (Emory University)

Category: Advanced

Gold:Kyungjoon Lee (Emory University)

Bronze:Bjorn Anderson (Emory University) , Eun Ji Kong (Emory University), Eugene Choi (Emory University)

Honorable Mention:Tom Giordano (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Category: Heritage Group

Gold: Yuan Jin (Emory University)

Bronze: Sally Li (Emory University), Bonnie Peng (Emory University), Lina Zhang (Emory University)

Honorable Mention: Brian Zhao (Emory University)

Organizers:

  • Jiangsu Foreign Cultural Exchanges Association
  • Jiangsu International Cultural Exchange Center
  • Institute for International Students, Nanjing University
  • Emory University
  • Confucius Institute in Atlanta at Emory

Constestant Eligibility:

The contest is open to current undergraduate students in Greater Atlanta whose native language is not Chinese and who have taken at least 90 hours of college level Chinese classes or the equivalent.

Contestants will be divided into four groups: Intermediate, Intermediate to Advanced, Advanced, and heritage speakers of Mandarin Chinese. A total of 24 contestants (6 in each category) will compete in the contest.

Contest Contents:

All contestants need to prepare a three-minute speech on a self-selected topic related to Chinese language and culture, the Jiangsu Province, or one''s experience of learning Chinese and living in China.

All contestants are expected to answer a question based on their speeches and a question about Jiangsu Province. Fact sheets on Jiangsu province will be provided.

To Apply:

Please download registration form here.

Application materials needed from sponsoring universities:

  1. Registration form
  2. Audio Recordings (3 minutes)
  3. Final draft of speeches
  4. Deadline: Oct. 10, 2014

Tentative Program:

  1. Welcome note and introductory remarks
  2. Speech Contest and Q&A (Five minutes for each contestant: 3-minute speech and 2-minute Q&A )
    • Category One: Intermediate Level ( Students in CHN201 and selected participants from other schools)
    • Category Two: Intermediate-Advanced Level ( Students in CHN301 and selected participants from other schools)
    • Category Three: Advanced Level ( Students in CHN401 and selected participants from other schools)
    • Category Four: Heritage Speakers ( Students in CHN303 and selected participants from other schools)
  3. Music and Dance Performances: Emory Music Ensemble and Emory Dance Club will perform three to four short musical pieces or dances at the end of each category of the speech contest.
  4. Concluding remarks and award ceremory
  5. Reception

Awards:

Up to 2 Gold Award Winners:

Winners of Gold Award will be selected from contestants in the advanced and the heritage-speakers categories. Winners will receive the Gold Award Certificate and can choose one of the two award options:

  • A full scholarship to complete a 2-3 year Master’s Degree at Nanjing University. The scholarship includes full tuition, housing, health insurance, and a monthly living stipend. The MA program begins in September, 2015.
  • A scholarship that covers the full tuition of a semester program to study Chinese language at Nanjing University plus 5,000RMB stipend and some support for international travel. The semester program begins in February 2015 or September 2015.

Up to 2 Silver Award Winners

Winners of Silver Award will be selected from contestants in the intermediate-advanced and intermediate categories. Winners receive a Silver Award Certificate and can choose one of the two award options:

  • A scholarship that covers the full tuition of a semester program to study Chinese language at Nanjing University plus 5000RMB stipend and some support for international travel. The semester program begins in February 2015 or September 2015.
  • A scholarship that covers the full tuition of a 4-week summer program to study Chinese language at Nanjing University plus 3000 RMB stipend and some support for international travel. The summer program begins in May 2015.

Up to 12 Bronze Award Winners

Winners of Bronze Award will be selected from all categories. Winners will receive a Bronze Award Certificate as well a scholarship that covers the full tuition of a 4-week summer program to study Chinese language at Nanjing University plus 3000 RMB living stipend. The summer program begins in May 2015.

Important Notes about Studying Abroad at Nanjing University:

Winners from Emory University must consult with the Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA) and the Chinese study abroad program adviser immediately after receiving the Award to discuss Emory policies for studying abroad in semester or summer program at Nanjing University.

Winners from other institutions should consult their home institution regarding the option of studying abroad at Nanjing University.

All details on Master’s Program application, cultural tour, semester, and summer programs will be announced after the competition.

Process of Participation:

  1. Chinese instructors at Emory will encourage students to participate and solicit written draft of speeches. The teacher will then select 1-4 students from each class and recommend them to the contest
    committee. If necessary, preliminary contests can be held at each language level to determine the recommended contestants.
  2. Up to three contestants in each category could be recommended by each of the other participating universities.
  3. Each university should submit audio recordings and final drafts of the speeches of its recommended contestants no later than Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2014 electronically to Confucius Institute in Atlanta (xiaojing.sun@emory.edu )
  4.  The contest committee will review all speeches and select 24 contestants to enter the speech contest. Results of the selection will be announced on the website of the Confucius Institute in Atlanta (http://confucius.emory.edu ) by Oct. 17, 2014, and each university will be notified via email.
  5. All speeches must be the original work of the contestants and should be delivered within 3 minutes.
  6. If a selected contestant wishes not to participate, he/she must notify the Confucius Institute in Atlanta (xiaojing.sun@emory.edu) by October 20, 2014.  Contestants are responsible for finding reliable transportation to Emory and must arrive on time.