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Monash Chinese Studies students awarded study scholarships in language competition


Monash Chinese Studies students win first and second places in language competition


David Kral wins 14th Chinese Bridge language proficiency competition

david-kral-largeOur student David Kral won the first prize at the 14th Chinese Bridge language proficiency competition held in Melbourne University last Saturday, 16 May, beating entrants from the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, La Trobe University and RMIT University (see attached photo). David will travel to Changsha in Hunan Province, China in July to represent all Victorian universities in the final stage of this competition.

David is currently studying Chinese and Theatre (Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program). He will complete Chinese major at the end of 2015.

David performed very well during the competition. Apart his speech in Mandarin, he performed a most popular square-dance in China namely Little Apple. His performance was highly praised by the judge panel and audience.

Following his excellent performance at the competition, David was invited to perform the dance in Federation Square organized by the ABC Radio on Sunday.

Watch the video of David’s performance at Federation Square…


Champions of the13th Chinese Bridge competition


The School is proud to announce the success of Monash students, Shahzad Billimoria and Stephanie Tsiros, in the 13th Chinese Bridge competition held in RMIT last Saturday, 24 May. Competitors from 4 universities in Melbourne participated in this competition.

Shahzad Billimoria (currently studying Chinese Proficient 1) won the first prize and Stephanie Tsiros (currently studying Understanding Modern China and Chinese Advanced 3) won the second prize. They will represent Australian universities at the finals in China in July.

Shahzad and Stephanie performed very well at the competition. Apart from their speeches in Mandarin, Shahzad played skillfully Chinese Kongfu called Taiji Fan. Stephanie performed a beautiful traditional Chinese dance called The Spirit of a Bird. Both performances were highly praised by a large audience.

Congratulations to the lecturers in the Chinese program for the success and involvement in training of the students for this competition.


Many Languages, One World Essay Contest in the Chinese Language

graphic-oneworldFollowing Alistair Bayley‘s win of the World Champion title of the Chinese Bridge competition last year, he once again, won the Many Languages, One World Essay Contest in the Chinese Language organized by United Nations Academic Impact, ELS Educational Services. His essay (in Chinese) is one of 60 chosen as winners out of nearly 1500 submissions by individuals from 128 countries. Only 10 winners were selected to represent each of the six official languages of the United Nations – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.


The award was for AliAlistair Bayleystair’s inspiring work, ELS has invited him to attend the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum, to be held from June 25 to June 29, 2014 in New York. He will participate in a carefully planned schedule of events that includes a Global Youth Forum on the principles of the United Nations Academic Impact, multilingualism and global citizenship at the United Nations Headquarters, preceded by a preparatory students’ conference. Sightseeing and cultural excursions will also be arranged by ELS.


Monash student is world champion in Chinese Bridge for Foreign University Students Competition

Our student, Alistair Bayley, currently in Advanced Chinese 4 and Chinese Translation 2, won both the world champion and the champion of Oceania at the finals of 12th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign University Students on 30 July. He has also been granted “The Star of Chinese language Learner” and 3 years full scholarship with a return airfare to study in China. Alistair was the first Australian student to won this world championship, following strong performances and awards won by other Monash students in this competition in the past years. 

The prestigious competition is an annual event held to promote the study of Chinese language by non-native speakers. It attracts the best Chinese language students in the world. During the past one month, 123 students from 77 countries participated in this competition and went through a range of language and culture tests, including written exams, artistic performances, speeches, Chinese cultural tour race, role-playing and performing Chinese comedy and traditional Chinese drama.

The finals were broadcast by a famous TV station in China, Hunan Satellite TV station and attracted a large number of viewers.



Monash Student Wins VIC Region Chinese Bridge Competition Once Again

Alistair Bayley plays the erhu in Chinese Bridge Competition.

 Monash advanced Chinese language student Alistair Bayley will travel to Changsha in Hunan Province, China in July 2013 to represent Victorian universities in the final stage of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign University Students.

Alistair Bayley received first place at the 12th Chinese Bridge competition (Victoria region) held on Saturday 11th May at Melbourne University, beating entrants from the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, La Trobe University and RMIT University. During the competition participants were required to deliver a speech in Chinese as well as present a Chinese artistic performance. Alistair presented a very hard tongue twister in Mandarin and accompanied himself on the erhu, a traditional Chinese musical instrument, while singing the Chinese folk song Moli Hua (Jasmine Blossom).

The Chinese Bridge competition is an annual event organised by the Chinese government to promote the study of Chinese by non-native speakers. If Alistair is successful in the final round in Changsha, where he will compete with students from across the world, he will receive a scholarship to study in China.

Alistair’s success in the competition was due in no small part to the dedicated coaching of the following Monash University Chinese Studies lecturers: Ms Hailan Paulsen, Mr Chunming Shan, Ms Candy Wang, Ms Hui Xu and Mr Zhihua Yao.


Chinese Government Scholarships for Australians to study in China

logoThe Scholarships program for 2013 – 2014 has recently been released to eligible students of Australian citizenship from Monash University.  Applications should be submitted to Ms Guo Xiaojuan, Education Counsellor, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, 14 Selborne Road, Toorak 3142.     Read on for further information.


New CEFR Alignment Website Launched: Innovation in Language Learning

The new CEFR Website homepage

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash has recently adopted the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to align more closely with current industry and teaching standards.

To find out more about the CEFR at Monash, explore the CEFR in Australia, an international language framework Website. The site, which was launched this week, gives helpful background information about the CEFR itself and what the new competency levels will entail for students and educators.

The CEFR was developed through a process of scientific research and wide consultation, and provides a practical tool for setting clear standards that can be obtained at successive stages of learning. It also provides a framework for evaluating outcomes in an internationally comparable way.

Adoption of the CEFR will ensure that Monash graduates enjoy an education that is both universally relevant and universally transferrable.


Students and seniors connect

Students on an excursion to Melbournes Chinatown. Image courtesy of the Monash Photography Club

Victorian students are taking advantage of a unique opportunity to improve their foreign language skills through regular meetings with migrant seniors whose first language is Chinese, German or Spanish.

Now in its third year, the Connecting younger second language learners and older bilinguals program is led by Dr Marisa Cordella from Monash University’s School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. Working withDr Hui Huang from the Faculty of Arts,Professor Colette Browning from Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr Cordella’s project connects Year 11 and 12 students with ‘language and cultural gurus’.

For more information about this programme, please see the full article and the project Website.