Mandarin students earn great results in Mandarin proficiency contest
UCC Mandarin students earned first, second and third place results in the Canadian Pre-University Chinese Language Proficiency Skill Contest, a Chinese writing competition, on May 18/
It was organized by Vancouver School District 43 and the renowned Confucius Institute, a non-profit public educational organization affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education. More than 200 students from over 30 schools spanning five countries participated, among them 13 IB schools and five AP schools. The award ceremony was held in Vancouver on May 18.
Three UCC students were able to clinch an award: Year 10 student Adrian Hui placed third and Year 11 student Andy Wang placed second in the Chinese as a second language division, while Year 12 student Luka Chu was first in the Chinese as a first-language division.
Since it challenged contestants to come up with IB-styled works in text types such as literary analysis, speeches, interviews and blogs, the competition was very much aligned with UCC’s own Mandarin curriculum, one of the reasons why UCC Mandarin teacher Jane Li strongly encouraged students to participate.
“It served as a welcome enrichment activity that allowed the boys to be creative and take risks,” she says. “It’s an uphill struggle to be able to maintain a high level of any other language in a predominantly English environment, especially Chinese. I’m glad to see their hard work pay off.” Congratulations boys!