Be Inspired by 19 Students Competing in Mandarin

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Hear non-native speakers share what inspired them to study Mandarin.
Event Start Date: March 23, 2013 - 12:30 p.m.
Event End Date: March 23, 2013 - 6:30 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: Snowden Auditorium, Wheatley Hall, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125
Event Cost: FREE

The number of Americans studying Chinese is growing exponentially. Approximately 1,600 American public and private schools are teaching Chinese, up from 300 or so a decade ago.  The number of students taking the Advanced Placement test in Chinese, introduced in 2007, has grown so fast that it is likely to pass German this year as the third most-tested AP. language, after Spanish and French, said Trevor Packer, a vice president at the College Board.  Spanish is still the most popular foreign language studied by Americans, but the number of K-12 public school students in the United States learning a Chinese language rose from about 20,000 in 2005 to nearly 60,000 in 2008, according to a report from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

You are cordially invited to two Chinese Bridge Speech Contests. The UMass Boston Confucius Institute sponsors and hosts two highly-competitive Chinese Speech Contests on campus each year.

  • Saturday, March 23, 2013: Contest for university students from the New England area from 11:30–5:30. Snowden Auditorium, Wheatley Hall. Park in the Beacons Lot
  • Sunday, April 7, 2013: Contest for high school students from the entire United States from 11:30–5:30. Campus Center Ballroom. Park in the Campus Center Garage.

For more info, visit:
Baifeng Sun
China is undergoing massive social changes and is drawing attention from around the world. Students competing in the speech contest are non-native speakers who not only realize the value of  speaking a second language, but choose to learn Mandarin and study a culture that is more than 5,000 years old.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.