A great, fun opportunity for students to practise and improve their Mandarin Chinese language skills.
Taking part in the competition:
- increases students’ motivation for learning the language
- develops vocabulary and improves pronunciation
- raises confidence for oral examinations
- encourages students to interact with their classmates
- inspires students to discover more about Chinese culture.
Northern Ireland heat
Post-primary schools from across Northern Ireland are invited to take part in the Belfast heat of British Council's Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition at Ulster University, Belfast on Wednesday, 20th November 2019. The grand final will take place in London on Wednesday 5 February 2020.
Last year, the winners of the Northern Ireland heat - Thornhill College, Foyle College and Rathmore Grammar - went through to the UK-wide final – with Eve Flood, from Thornill College and Patrick Murray from Rathmore Grammar, taking first and second respectively in the Beginners Category.
What is the prize?
A week in Beijing. Students will visit historical sites, interact with Chinese students and experience Chinese culture with the British Council, who have over twenty years’ experience in running cultural exchanges with China.
Applications for 2019/20
Applications for the 2019/20 British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition are open: please complete the online application form by Monday 14 October 2019.