2011/12 British Council Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition.
Entrant "Angel", taught at Cheltenham Mandarin School.
Angel Parker demonstrated her outstanding Mandarin speaking skill at the Competition at the LSE in London on 16 Dec 2011. The live recording can be seen at link). She competed with other contestants from schools across the UK. Angel, who is from an English background and has only studied Mandarin for about 7 months (most of other students have studies for about 2 years) as a total beginner, has won a place in the final of the competition, which took place at the British Museum on 12 February 2012 .
The competition is organised by the British Council and funded by the HSBC Global Education Programme to support and promote the teaching of Chinese as a modern foreign language in UK schools. There were 302 students took part in X-Factor style regional heats in London and Newcastle last year with only the best being invited attended the final (no data release for current year yet).