On Monday 9th February a group of talented Year 9 and Year 10 students, accompanied by their Mandarin teacher Dr Zhang, attended the national final of the HSBC and British Council Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition, held in the grand surroundings of the British Museum in London.
The British Council has been working closely with HSBC to promote the study of Chinese language and culture in the UK since 2000. The competition is part of their joint work to prepare children in the UK for life in a global society and work in a global economy.
Prior to the final, students demonstrated their linguistic abilities to the judges during the highly competitive regional heats, competing in both the Individual Language Ability and Group Performance categories of the competition in December.
In the weeks leading up to the final students worked tirelessly with Dr Zhang to put their presentations together and to rehearse their group performances. Organisers of the competition set students involved in the individual category of the competition the challenge of preparing a two minute presentation in Mandarin on a topic from the curriculum, such as family and friends. Once completed students were then asked two questions in Mandarin relating to their presentation, followed by three sentences to be translated from Mandarin into English. Students taking part in the group category showcased their linguist skills during a five minute performance highlighting China and its unique culture.
We would like to congratulate Dr Zhang’s students for their fantastic achievement.
For a behind the scenes look at the competition featuring Blue Coat student Natalia, please click on the link below.