15th Chinese Language Bridge Cup Contest for K-12 Students——Amazing Competition for Amazing Contestants

[Source]    Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University,CA,USA [Time]    2019-03-23 15:25:19 

The 15th Chinese Language Bridge Cup Contest (CLBCC) organized by the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (SF State) and San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) was held on March 9th and 10th at Marina Middle School in San Francisco. This amazing annual competition attracted over 1, 100 amazing K-12 students to compete in six contest categories in Chinese pen calligraphy, brush calligraphy, painting, composition, and Chinese poetry recital.

Director Xie Jiaxin (left) of CI at SF State and Assistant Superintendent David Wong (right) of San Francisco United School District inspecting the competition.

With the development of 15 years, CLBCC has become a major event for local students to demonstrate their Chinese proficiency and show their Chinese cultural skills. It has always been supported and welcomed by local students, teachers and parents.

Student and Parent in Traditional Costumes

On Saturday, March 9th, more than 600 contestants from over 200 schools came to Marina Middle School for the contests in pen calligraphy, brush calligraphy, painting, and Chinese composition. The following Sunday, March 10 witnessed another busy and exciting day for Chinese poetry recital. More than 300 students signed in for the competition. All K-12 contestants from diverse communities and multicultural background dressed up as they were celebrating festivals, well-prepared with confidence, showing great interest in challenging themselves in the competition and striving to win the awards.

The Organization Committee invited more than 40 teachers to serve as judges. More than 80 teachers and students from San Francisco State University and Bay Area volunteered to offer help. Amazing team-work ensured all categories of competition were successfully completed.

Student joining the drawing contest

Compared with previous years, 2019 is a golden and harvest year for the CLBCC because more students self-registered for multiple contest categories, more schools encourage their students to take the challenge, and more parents are focusing on language proficiency improvement of their children through the contest. As judges commented that 2019 Chinese Bridge Cup contestants’ language level and cultural skills are higher than previous years. In the Chinese poetry recital contest, the contestants were carefully prepared in advance.

Students taking the contest of poetry recital

The painting and calligraphy contestants have created vivid paintings based on different themes of different groups. The composition contest has always been a major project for senior students to participate. Although they grew up in English speaking country, their essays are well-organized and logically and grammatically composed for specific topics. Especially in the contest of Chinese calligraphy, the contestants follow the requirement and use the Four Treasures of the Study (ink brush, inkstick, paper and ink stone) to create their art pieces, holding the brush to write the characters, showing their skills in moving the brush to complete the whole piece of paper.

Students taking the brush-calligraphy contest

Representatives from SFUSD and Chinese Consulate in San Francisco came to observe the event and encourage the students in contest location. Representatives from other school districts also came to visit the contest on site, including Assistant Superintendent of Riverbank Unified School District (RUSD) driving for a few hours to observe the competition for their possible contest next year.

The competition provides a platform for K-12 students from different schools to show their Chinese language proficiency and Chinese culture talents. This grand event has played a dual role in promoting Chinese language teaching and culture learning. The competition promoted the multilingual and multicultural education in the Bay Area, helped K-12 students in the United States better understand Chinese language and culture, and provided more opportunities for young students to find out why bi-literacy is that important in their future career development.

At the end of 2018, San Francisco State University conducted a 10-Year Continuance Review (2008-2018) of the Confucius Institute at SF State. The Review Committee stated in the report: "In the past decade, the Confucius Institute has become a very valuable resource for the campus and communities." The successful 15th Chinese Language Bridge Cup Contest once again reflects and proves the important value of the Confucius Institute's service and function to the campus and community. Confucius Institute at SF State serves as a language and culture bridge to connect people from different cultures. As an important part of the Chinese language teaching in the Bay Area and Northern California, it has effectively promoted Chinese and cultural studies and promoted the development of bilingual education in primary and secondary schools.

The Awards Ceremony for 15th CLBCC will be held on April 12th. More than 200 winners and their parents will be invited to celebrate this great success.


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