Enter the 2016/17 HSBC/British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition

05 September 2016

Competition-2016-660wThe competition is a great, fun opportunity for students to practise and improve their Mandarin Chinese language skills.

Taking part in the competition:

•    increases students' motivation for learning the language
•    develops vocabulary and improves pronunciation
•    raises confidence for oral examinations
•    encourages students to interact with their classmates
•    inspires students to discover more about Chinese culture.

Who is eligible?

UK, Channel Island and Isle of Man secondary schools (including sixth form and further education colleges) and entrants must be non-native speakers of Chinese.

There are four categories: beginner, intermediate, advanced and group performance. Your students can enter regardless of their existing level of proficiency.

What is the prize?

A week in Beijing. Students will visit historical sites, interact with Chinese students and experience Chinese culture with the British Council, who have over 20 years' experience in running cultural exchanges with China.

Next steps

Visit our competition page to find out more.

Complete the online application form to enter by 7 October 2016.

The website includes top tips for students on how to prepare a winning entry. 

For enquiries please call our Customer Services team on 0161 957 7755 or email:

HSBC2016competition@britishcouncil.org