HSBC Mandarin Speaking Competition
The HSBC Mandarin Speaking Competition is run by the British Council, is open to UK, Channel Island and Isle of Man secondary schools and is for non-native speakers of Mandarin Chinese. We are super proud of our Year 13 pupil, Ailis Keyes, who was the first ever participant in the advanced category of the Northern Irish heat, which took place on 20/11/2019. Her Mandarin teacher, Zhang Xiaojing and SWC’s Mandarin Coordinator Linda Beatty, accompanied her to the event. Ailis unfortunately didn’t make it through to the national final on this occasion, but it was an amazing achievement and a fantastic experience regardless. Ailis agrees that participation in the competition at this high level has increased her motivation for learning the language, has developed her vocabulary and indeed improved her pronunciation. Through her experience, Ailis has been inspired to discover even more about Chinese culture.