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Kylee Kotula becomes Chinese Bridge Oceania champion

Kylee Kotula plays the guzheng, or Chinese zither.

Kylee Kotula, 16, of City Beach has returned to Perth after being crowned an Oceania champion in the 2017 global final of the Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) language competition.

Kylee and her South Australian teammate Sophie Szabo beat more than 200 contestants from 96 countries to win the Oceania division and be placed among the final five teams. One team from each continental region made it through to the final, which was ultimately won by the USA team.

Kylee’s prize was a year-long scholarship to any Chinese school or university to continue her studies. The  Methodist Ladies’ College student, who is currently in Year 10, intends to save the scholarship for her first year at university.

MLC teacher Bonnie Woo, who began teaching Kylee when she was in Year Three, said Kylee’s hard work over many years had paid off – focus and determination were important factors in her success.

The Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students, which was launched in 2008, is the largest international Chinese language competition in the world.  Students aged 15 years and over who do not speak Chinese as a first language take part to demonstrate their language proficiency, knowledge of China, and skill in a cultural performance such as music or art.

The competition aims to be a fun and rewarding experience which will motivate students to continue their Mandarin studies while giving them the chance to meet others learning the language. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that the second most spoken language in Australia is now Mandarin.

The annual worldwide competition is organised by Confucius Institute Headquarters, known as Hanban, which is located in Beijing. The WA final and the Australian regional final were held at the Confucius Institute at UWA earlier this year.

Further information on Kylee’s part in the competition can be found here

Language and Culture Courses for Intake 3 2017 语言文化课程

About the Confucius Institute 
The Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia is a non-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening educational ties between China and Australia, supporting Chinese language education and increasing mutual understanding between both nations.

In 2005, we became the first Confucius Institute to be established in Australia. We now form part of a worldwide network of 500 sister institutes across 138 nations.

Chinese Language Courses

From our beginners to advanced courses or our private tutoring, you will surely find a course and level best suited to your needs. Taught by professional native Chinese teachers, all courses are quality assured to enable you to achieve your objectives effectively. The Chinese language courses are in 21 levels, Level 1 (beginners) to Level 21 (advanced) and there are 2 literacy courses focused on reading and writing.

In addition to the regular courses, Confucius Institute also offers one-on-one customized tuition, 5-session courses for Basic Chinese for Tourists, and Preparatory Courses for Chinese Proficiency Tests (HSK) on demand.

Intake 3 Courses starts 24 July. Registration – OPEN NOW

To book:

Chinese language courses

We aim to help students at all levels reach their Chinese language goals. Beginner courses start with basic spoken phrases for daily communication, while intermediate and advanced courses cover listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our students are all ages – from those in their late teens to those in their late seventies.

Intake 3 classes commence Monday 24th July 2017 and run for nine weeks.
Morning classes 10:00am – 12:00pm
Evening classes 6:30pm –  8:30pm

Monday – Levels 3, 7,11, 15, 19
Tuesday – Levels 4, 8, 12, 16, 20
Wednesday – Level 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21
Thursday – Level 2, 6, 10, 14, 18

Level 1 Literacy Class – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
Level 2 Literacy Class – Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm

Minimum enrolment numbers are required to run the class. Full refund will be made if class cannot run due to enrolment numbers.

Timetable 2017 Language Programme 

Our class levels range from Level 1 to level 21, for a free placement test over the phone please contact us via email or phone (08) 6488 6888.

All classes are held at the Confucius Institute.

Our teachers are native Chinese speakers and highly trained professionals.

All textbooks and learning resources are included in first enrolment payment.