The Australia-China Youth Association Victoria Bilingual Language Competition Inc. (‘ACYA VIC BLC’), is an autonomous incorporated not-for-profit organisation under the ACYA umbrella.
Our Vision - An inclusive community of shared knowledge and appreciation of language and culture.
As close regional and economic partners, Australia and China have a crucially important relationship. Enabling people of all backgrounds to better recognise the cultural customs and language nuances of both Australia and China is essential for the ongoing prosperity of both nations. Additionally, a future where a majority of people can easily exchange ideas, trade and form friendships will be hugely beneficial. It is for these reasons that ACYA VIC BLC facilitates cultural exchange and language acquisition.
Our Mission - To accelerate Chinese and English language acquisition and to assist cross-cultural understanding between Australia and China.
ACYA VIC BLC provides a challenging platform for Victorian tertiary students to showcase and improve their Chinese and English communication skills, both linguistic and cultural. Participants undertake a preliminary essay writing assessment and progress to a finale public speaking performance. Both stages are impartially assessed by academics from our partner universities and influential individuals within the Australia-China community, providing legitimacy and expertise to competition results.
Competition participation and language acquisition is incentivised through the provision of prizes, including academic scholarships and exclusive professional experiences. The public nature of the competition ensures the promotion of language learning and cultural understanding within the wider community.
Our History - In our inaugural year, ACYA VIC BLC Inc. successfully hosted the Bilingual Language Competition in front of a distinguished audience of over 250 people, including academics, senior representatives from our sponsors and supporting organisations, government officials, as well as the general public.
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Learning another language is not easy and failure will always be a part of this strenuous process. However, the satisfaction you get from being able to communicate with others and understand the brilliant literary works created by those of the past and present is beyond comparison.
Having studied in Hong Kong half my life and spending the other half in Australia, I am extremely passionate about Australia-China relations and the culture and languages of both countries. That being so, I fully appreciate the benefits of being effectively bilingual and understand the importance of providing many language learners with a platform to learn, grow and be recognised.
With this passion in mind and the belief that much more can still be achieved, I began brainstorming various ideas in hopes of creating a unique platform for all language learners of Chinese and English. This is how the Australia – China Youth Association Victoria Bilingual Language Competition (‘ACYA VIC BLC’), an innovative and ambitious student initiative, came to life. This competition has three aims. Firstly, the competition hopes to provide public recognition for participants’ linguistic talents and commend their eagerness to step out of their comfort zone. Secondly, the competition aims to motivate other language learners to continue to strive for excellence and encourage a desire to learn. Finally, the competition strives to engage the broader community and promote intercultural understanding and strengthen the Australia-China relationship.
Together with my dedicated team members, who have all worked extremely hard in the past year to help realise and implement this vision, I am proud to say that our inaugural ACYA VIC BLC was a great success.
Thanks must be given to all our sponsors and supporters who have helped us along the way. Without you, we would not have been able to come so far. I reach out to all those in the community who also share the same dream and passion as I do, to contribute and support this initiative. Together and through ACYA VIC BLC, we can and will make a difference.
I would also like to encourage all tertiary students currently enrolled in a Victorian university who are language learners of Chinese and English to take up the challenge and join this competition. This is a golden chance that must not be missed. ‘Open up your door of opportunities’, be a part of something great and participate now!
ACYA VIC BLC
The Australia-China Youth Association (‘ACYA’) is a not-for-profit, apolitical youth organisation operating transnationally. As a public interest platform it is home to over 6000 Australian and Chinese students and young professionals with a passion for Australia-China relations. Through comprehensive online communication channels and the presence of university chapters in Australia and Greater China, ACYA promotes cross-cultural understanding, academic and business partnerships, and professional and educational opportunities.
Focusing primarily on young people between 18 and 24, ACYA is one of four initiatives that fall under the ‘ACYA Group’ umbrella, including the Australia China Youth Dialogue, The Australia China Young Professionals Initiative, and the Engaging China Project.
With the concerted efforts of 19 active chapters around Australia and 5 in Greater China, hundreds of events are held annually between both countries. ACYA has a unique and far-reaching impact on Australia-China relations by facilitating aligned internships, study and volunteer opportunities, and a diverse range of publications. Its broad membership base and extensive organizational impact places ACYA as a first port of call for anyone seeking involvement in the Australia-China space.
There are currently five active Victorian chapters including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, La Trobe University, and Deakin University. With over 1000 members in Victoria, ACYA has leveraged its expanded presence in the region to develop further-reaching and more diverse state-wide events. The ACYA Victoria Bilingual Language Competition (‘ACYA VIC BLC’) is directed by ACYA VIC BLC Inc. and is one of the first initiatives to be supported by all five Victorian chapters.
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Registration opens 9 May – 7 July. Potential participants register to compete in the BLC via www.acyavic-blc.com.
Competition guidelines detailing eligibility requirements will be made available prior to registration, and participants are required to complete an online eligibility selection test to determine language competency levels.
All participants will be given a candidate ID number.
Proposed date: 30th July
Venue: Venue at each of the five universities, preferred venue to be indicated by applicants at registration.
Two levels – Advanced and Intermediate Level
All essays will be collected from the five competition venues and centralised for redistribution to the academic essay markers.
Academics (university tutors and lecturers) will allocate marks to essays based on criteria within 2 weeks of the completion of the preliminary round.
Final score will be the average mark of the two essays.
Top 10 finalists (top 5 from each level) will be notified of the results two weeks prior to the Finale Round. They will be interviewed, their profiles marketed via social media, and be awarded of a selection of small prizes and certificates.
Proposed date: 22nd September
Proposed venue: Melbourne University.
Finalists will be required to deliver an oral presentation for both essays. Judges/audience may ask each participant 2 questions (one in each language).
Winners will be determined by the panel judges according to the marking criteria.
This event is open to the public.
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NOTE 1: Entrants under 18 years must submit a written declaration to ACYA VIC BLC via email authorised and signed by their guardian or parent demonstrating that the guardian or parent(s) of the entrants entering the Competition have been informed. The written declaration must be submitted prior to entering the Competition.
NOTE 2: Any persons connected in a professional capacity with the Competition ARE ineligible to enter the Competition
NOTE 3: Any persons employed or contracted by Australia-China Youth Association Victoria Bilingual Language Competition Inc. (ACYA VIC BLC) and its affiliates and of any Prize Provider(s) identified in the Terms and Conditions ARE ineligible to enter the Competition.
Download the Competition Guidelines. All entrants MUST read the Competition Guidelines before registering for the competition.
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