Monday, October 27, 2014

The 3rd Annual Chinese Speech Contest in Rhode Island - Enter by Oct. 31!

Sponsors: URI Confucius Institute, Chinese Flagship Program, Chinese Section of Department of Languages, and Chinese Program of Brown University
Dear Chinese Students,
Hope you have been enjoying taking Chinese this fall! The annual Chinese speech contest in Rhode Island has been a success since 2012, Our mission is to provide an opportunity for speakers to improve their speaking abilities and to recognize the best as encouragement to all. Also, we hope to provide an opportunity to learn by observing the more proficient speakers who have benefited from their journey of learning Chinese. We are delighted to announce our annual program of The Third Annual Chinese Speech Contest in Rhode Island. Please see details below.
Final Contest Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014, 12:00-2:00 pm
Place: Edwards Auditorium (64 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI, 02881)
Registration and Rules

1. Each applicant is required to:
1)  Complete an application form online:
2)  Email a 1-minute video or recording of your speech sample on any topics (self-introduction, the topic of your speech, etc.).

2. The length and content of speech are required as follows:
1. 100-level
1-minute speech
1-minute talent show
2. 200-level
2-minute speech
talent show optional
3. 300+-level
3-minute speech
talent show optional
Students are free to choose their own theme of speech based on their own Chinese language skills and life experiences as long as it is related to China and Chinese culture.
The talent show is required for the 100-level for the final contest. The talent show is not required for the 200 and 300+- levels. If you do it, it will be your extra credits. The talent show can be singing of a Chinese song, recitation of a Chinese poem, etc. There is no specific genre as long as it is related to China and Chinese culture. The length is 1 minute. 
3. After reviewing the application materials, we will invite 20 finalists (8 100-level, 6 200-level, and 6 300+-level) to compete at the final contest on Nov. 14th , 2014. The invitation notice will be sent out by Nov. 4th, 2014, together with further details.
4. The finalists need to prepare the following materials and have them email to by Nov. 7th, 2014.
1)  A script (in both Chinese and English) of the speech.

2)  Applicant’s selfie
3)  Any other materials, such as music for the talent show, power point slides, etc. (If any).
5. During the final contest, the judges will ask two or three questions immediately afterwards based on the delivered speech.
6. Finalists must be present on-site on Nov. 14th, 2014.
7. Parking Guidance: A parking lot is available behind the visitor’s center. A visitor pass is needed daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the whole stay on weekdays. Simply park beside the visitor’s center and tell them you are here for the speech contest. They will open the gate for you to enter the parking lot. The visitor’s center is located at 45 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881.

*Incomplete applications will not be processed. No registration will be accepted after Oct. 31st, 2014.

If you have any questions, please email

We look forward to meeting with you at The 3rd Chinese Speech Contest in Rhode Island!