2015 ACYA Victorian Bilingual Language Competition seeks Mandarin & English speaking students

The inaugural 2015 ACYA Victorian Bilingual Language Competition (ACYA BLC) will provide a platform for Victorian tertiary students studying Chinese and English to showcase their cultural understanding and language proficiency. Amber Ziye Wang has more. 

Image: ACYA Bilingual Language Competition official website.

Image: ACYA Bilingual Language Competition official website.

Bilingual tertiary students across the state will have the opportunity to compete in the Bilingual Language Competition, a contest that brings students together in their appreciation of the Mandarin and English language.

Hosted by the Australia-China Youth Association Victoria, the inaugural event aims to promote cross-cultural understanding, academic and business partnerships, professional and educational opportunities.

The competition consists of two rounds: Essay Writing and Public Speaking. Contestants are expected to write in both languages from a list of topic questions concerning Australia-China customs, culture and relations.

Finalists will then deliver an oral presentation based on those same topics before a panel of judges. These first round will be held on August 8 while the final round has been planned for September 24.

To be eligible for entry, students must meet the criteria established at either the Intermediate or Advanced language proficiency levels. This includes, but is not limited to, meeting educational and language qualifications. Participants will be assessed by different standards and measures in the competition accordingly.

Established in 2008, ACYA Victoria (Australia-China Youth Association Victoria) aims to promote Sino-Australian relationship and facilitate aligned internships, study, volunteer opportunities and a diverse range of publications for the Australian-Chinese community. Its five chapters in Victoria include The University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, La Trobe University and Deakin University.

For more information, head to the event’s official website to download the competition guidelines. Registration is open until July 24, 2015.

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