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Wisconsin 2017 Annual Chinese Language Speech Contest

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Bolton Hall

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

3210 North Maryland Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53211

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Fourteenth Annual Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers Speech and Pronunciation Contest
Saturday, 1 April, 2017
UW Milwaukee Campus, Bolton Hall

We are pleased to announce the 14th Annual Wisconsin Chinese Language Speech Contest. This contest welcomes students from Kindergarten to College level, from beginners to heritage/native speakers. Participants can deliver speeches, recitations or tell stories so start encouraging and preparing your students to participate in this fun event now!

We would like to showcase some cultural performances at the event so if you know of any individuals or students who would like to perform, kindly contact Qiuhong Zhang (

We shall also be looking for judges for this event, so please contact us if would be interested in taking on this role.

Tentative time schedule:

9:00 - 9:30 Judges arrive for briefing

9:00 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 10:30 - Opening Ceremony

10:30 - 12:00 - Speeches, individual classrooms

12:00 -1:30 - Lunchtime, Judges confer

1:30 - 3:00 - Closing Ceremony, Awards Presentation

We do our very best to place students in groups of comparable age and ability. Please read the descriptions below and select the ones that BEST describe the applicant.

Definition of Heritage Categories (please select the option that BEST describes the applicant)

Full Heritage: Both parents are native speakers of Chinese

Partial-Heritage: One parent is a native speaker of Chinese or some Chinese-speaking family background

Non-Heritage: Neither parent is a native speaker of Chinese

Definition of Age Groups

LE - Lower Elementary - K to 2nd Grade

UE - Upper Elementary: 3rd to 5th Grade

MS - Middle School: 6th to 8th Grade

HS - High School: 9th to 12th Grade

UNI - University Students

Definition of Skill Levels for Non-Heritage Students

Beginner: Student is in 1st year of Chinese language study

Intermediate: Student is in 2nd or 3rd year of Chinese language study

Advanced: Student is in 4th year or beyond of Chinese language study

Teacher Sponsorship

All participants must be students of a teacher who is a WACLT member. Teachers, please make sure your WACLT membership is current. You may pay dues on this site (select 'WACLT Membership dues') or bring check payment of $10.00 to the contest and submit to the WACLT treasurer Ling Schoenebeck during registration:

Payment Method

Participants have two different options of payment:

1. Pay online with credit card

2. Pay at registration with check.

**If you choose to pay at registration, be sure to FIRST select "Payment Method" underneath the Register button. It will allow you to choose mail-in payment or pay on site. Click on one of these other options.

Chinese Speech Contest Expectations

  • Students prepare a 2-5 minute speech on a topic of their choice

  • Students should write their own speeches. No reciting of poems, essays, songs, stories, or anything that is not the student’s own original work (This applies to Middle School, High School and University contestants only)

  • Speech should be fully memorized to demonstrate the student’s level of fluency. Notecards may be used if necessary, but may significantly lower the score

Respect the registration deadline of March 20 at 12:00 pm. No late entries will be accepted. No exceptions.

  • All registration fees must be paid before the speech contest. Students who do not pay prior to the start of the contest will be ineligible to compete

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