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ACYA Victoria Bilingual Language Competition 2016 open registration

REGISTRATION for ACYA Victoria’s Bilingual Language Competition 2016 has opened. Zoe Law has all the information you need to know about the competition and how you can enter. 

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Returning for its second year is Australia-China Youth Association Victoria’s Bilingual Language Competition (ACYA VIC BLC) which has opened registrations for Victoria-based tertiary students who can speak and write both Chinese and English.

Nathan Hang, Co-Founder and Vice-President of the ACYA VIC BLC, said the the competition would offer bilingual students a chance to “build upon their language skills, essay writing, public speaking and general confidence”.

“All participants will be exposed to a number of unique media opportunities, including [being featured] on radio shows and social media videos, as well as being thoroughly introduced to the Australia-China space through networking events,” Mr Hang said.

The competition will be split across two skill levels: intermediate and advanced. The preliminary round involve students writing essays with topics based on issues that deal with Australia-China relations.

According to Mr Hang, essay topics can vary from the serious and topical to the light and accessible.

“We focus on issues of Australia and China and keep it mixed up between more serious subjects such as the bilateral trade relationship and more social topics such as dating and social media culture,” he said.

Mr Hang also adds that topic questions for the essays are produced out of consultations with educators and students.

After the preliminary essay writing round, finalists will be determined based on the quality of their essays, at which point the competition will culminate at the final public speaking round.

Winners of the competition will receive a cash prize, be interviewed on SBS Radio (Mandarin) and other prizes to be determined by ACYA VIC BLC.

Runner up prizes will also include a smaller cash prize, a Language Course with the Confucius Institute at University of Melbourne.

ACYA VIC is a not-for-profit organisation under the wider ACYA umbrella; their aim is to accelerate Chinese and English language acquisition and assist in cross-cultural understanding between Australia and China.

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Registration for the competition is currently open! For more information about the ACYA Victoria Bilingual Language Competition, visit the competition’s official website and register before July 7. Registrants must be available between July 30 and September 22. 

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