Competitions

Please register for competitions on the registration page

Poetry Recitation

New Poems!

Students are expected to memorize the text for their level; no reading is allowed. Contestants should introduce themselves and then recite their poem. After the recitation, the judges will ask students questions about the contents of the poem, which can be answered in English for levels 1-3, but should be answered in Mandarin for levels 4 and above. Immersion students should also answer the judges’ questions in Mandarin. The students may be asked to “summarize” or “talk about” their poem. Students may also be asked the author’s name and which dynasty the author was born in.

Number of Contestants per school who can compete:

Poetry Recitations Everyone but Immersion students
Level 1 – 2 students per school
Level 2 – 2 students per school
Level 3 – 2 students per school
Levels 4 – 2 students per school
Heritage* – 2 students per school

Each level has one poem. Click here for native voice recording of the poems along with English translations and pinyin.

*A student who has at least one parent that speaks Mandarin in the home is considered a heritage student. If the student was born in a Chinese-speaking country and moved to the United States, they should have lived here at least 7 years in order to compete as a Heritage student in any Language Fair competition.

Judging Criteria:
Superior: 优越 Nearly Flawless; spontaneous; exceptional performance
Excellent: 优等 Little hesitation; very good pronunciation (including tones) and expression
Very Good: 很好 Some hesitation; good pronunciation (including tones)
Good: Halting; quite a few pronunciation and tonal problems, fair dramatic expression
Fair: 尚可 Halting pronunciation; difficult to understand, dramatic expression lacking

Conversation / Interview

Students will have a conversation with a Chinese speaker based on topics that have been taught in class. Click on the corresponding link above for the level of your students to see possible questions. Students will be asked some or all of the questions for their level and are also expected to ask questions of the Chinese speaker. Students may be asked additional questions, which are similar to the questions on the sheet. All students will receive a ranking. No heritage students should participate in this competition.

Number of Contestants per school who can compete:

Conversation/Interview
Level 1 – 2 students per school Level 3H (Immersion) – 2 students per school
Level 2 – 2 students per school Level 4H (Immersion) and above – 2 students per school
Level 3 – 2 students per school Level 5H (Immersion) and above – 2 students per school
Levels 4 – 2 students per school
Judging Criteria:
Superior: 优越 Nearly flawless; spontaneous; exceptional performance; can confidently converse on all topics
Excellent: 优等 Little hesitation; very good pronunciation (including tones); able to converse confidently on almost all topics
Very Good: 很好 Some hesitation; good pronunciation (including tones); can converse confidently on most topics
Good: Halting; quite a few pronunciation and tonal problems; can converse confidently on some topics
Fair: 尚可 Halting pronunciation; difficult to understand; cannot converse confidently on many topics

SPEECH CONTEST


Participating students should pick a cultural product, practice, or philosophy to compare between America and China (e.g., school, government, names, history, folktales, yo-yos, environment, comic books, etc.) Students should introduce themselves, and speeches should be no longer than 5 minutes (including set-up time). Students may use notecards and an accompanying PowerPoint. After the presentation, a panel of judges will ask the presenter questions about the presentation. The students will be judged on content, language, ability to answer questions, and presentation.


Number of Contestants per school who can compete:

Speech Contest Both Immersion and Heritage
Level 2 – 2 students per school Level 3H (Immersion) and above – 2 students per school
Level 3 – 2 students per school Level 4H (Immersion) and above – 2 students per school
Level 4 – 2 students per school Level 5H (Immersion) and above – 2 students per school
Heritage Level – 2 Students per school

Prizes:

The winners of each level will receive an Amazon gift certificate.



Art Display

Students are welcome to submit an original work of art (drawing, culture, etc.) that displays something from Chinese culture. All art will be displayed with the student’s name and the school’s name.

Each school can submit up to four art projects. Art projects will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Participation certificates will also be given to all other students.

Art objects can be brought the morning of the Language Fair.

Content must meet BYU standards. No sexual content or innuendo, immodest clothing, swearing, vulgarity, etc.

*Teachers should go online to schedule time slots for their school for each competition. Time slots will go on a first-come first-served basis. The school’s name or a student’s name should be put into the time slots.