By Nicole Consuegra and Tomas Calderon
On April 2nd the University hosted the 10th Annual FIU Chinese Speech and Skit Contest, bringing together a diverse group of nearly 200 students, along with their teachers and parents from throughout South Florida. They represented nearly 30 institutions that participated. The event was also honored with the presence of Dr. Steven Heine, Director of Asian Studies Program, Dr. Jim Yu, Director of the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade County, Ms. Fengmei Du, Presdient of Chinese Language Teachers Association - Florida Chapter and eight judges from throughout the Chinese educators community.
This is an annual contest where Chinese language learners can demonstrate their proficiency in what they have studied in class while adding their own experience, point of view, and creativity. This gives them a great opportunity to showcase to the wider community what intercultural exchange and learning a foreign language is all about. The audience enjoyed speeches from students with just a few months of study to heritage speakers. At each level, several performances stood out and made the crowd think a little more, laugh, and smile. We also enjoyed many comical skits that were well received by the audience. The event was accompanied by a delicious lunch from a local Chinese restaurant. At the end of the contest, the judges’ results were announced. Students were congratulated for their performance and received awards for first, second, and third place, and satisfactory performance.
The Contest was hosted and funded by FIU Asian Studies Program, FIU Department of Modern Languages, the FIU Chinese Club with the support of CSO, and MDC Confucius Institute. The Chinese Club holds and promotes several events throughout the year such as festivals and competitions, adding great learning experiences to our students outside of the classroom. This also provides educators a dynamic way to challenge students to think and explore ideas in Chinese in front of an audience.
FIU is proud to be one of few institutions in South Florida to offer a range of courses about Chinese language and culture. The credits earned will fulfill the requirements to receive a Certificate in Chinese Studies, a Certificate in Asian Studies and/or Bachelor’s of Arts in Asian Studies, and a Chinese Area Studies Major offered through the Institute for Asian Studies. In addition, the FIU Chinese Language and Culture Program also offers Study in China in Summer, and Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi or the HSK Test, which is a Chinese proficiency test. For more information about the Chinese language and culture program, please visit Modern Languages' Chinese page or the Asian Studies Program. For the full list of contest winners, please click here.