National Chinese Challenge 2015 opens for registration

National Chinese Challenge 2015 opens for registration
National Chinese Challenge, the national Chinese language quiz, is back for the second year.

National Chinese Challenge, the national Chinese language quiz, is back for the second year.

It is jointly organised by Lianhe Zaobao and Nanyang Girls' High School, and co-presented by Business China, Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning, Tee Yih Jia Group, Promote Mandarin Council and Singapore Press Holdings Foundation.

Registration is now open for students from local secondary schools. The objective of the quiz is to promote Chinese culture and cultivate the interest in learning Chinese amongst students through a fun competition.

Last year, a total of 760 Secondary 3 and 4 students took part in the inaugural competition. The Challenge will test participants' knowledge and application of Chinese translation, proverbs and idioms through pictures, pronunciation, literature, current affairs and general knowledge.

Participating for the first time this year is Presbyterian High School. They will be sending seven student representatives to compete in the quiz. Among them, Secondary Three student Ong Xin Ming expressed confidence in doing well in the competition.

Xin Ming said: "I want to prove my ability in Chinese through the competition. I feel that my forte lies in my abundant grasp of Chinese phrases, but I am relatively weaker in terms of translation and current affairs knowledge, hence I have already started to prepare myself for the quiz."

The competition is divided into three stages, namely the preliminary round, semi finals and grand finals. Participants have to be locally enrolled Secondary One to Five students, with no limit to number of representatives sent by each school.

Due to overwhelming response, the closing date for registration has been extended to March 27 (Friday). The preliminary round will kick off on April 10.

The champion team stands to win $3000 cash and a trophy. The first runner-up will receive $2000 cash, a trophy, and one-year free subscription of Lianhe Zaobao, while the second runner-up will receive $1,000 and a trophy. The 30 students with the highest scores during the preliminary round will each receive an award of $50 and a certificate. All other participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Interested schools may download the application forms at http://bit.ly/2015NationalCLchallenge. All completed forms should be emailed to chinesechallenge@nygh.edu.sg by March 27.

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