Chinese Mandarin Language School
Come learn Mandarin at Iaps.
Are you curious or intrigued by a language that has no alphabet, but a different writing system?
Do you wonder how a language with a reputation for difficulty can be spoken by over a billion speakers?
Are you fascinated by this ancient culture, which is little known to us, and yet holds many lessons? Or would you like to better understand this country and its culture through its language?
Are you looking for a linguistic and cultural change of scene? Do you like to take up challenges by studying new languages and opening up to other cultures?
Then this course is for you! Don’t hesitate to join us.
Next course session:
Modules of one evening per week.
Level A1 :
Monday evening from 7pm to 9.30 pm
from September 6 2021 to June 20 2022
Level A2 :
Wednesday evenings from 7Pm to 9.30 pm
from September 8 2021 to June 22 2022
This lively and dynamic Mandarin course is intended for beginners and offers a first contact with the language. It will introduce them to the learning of this language through three aspects: oral, written and Chinese culture.
While respecting the specificity of Mandarin, the course will focus at the first level on the fundamental knowledge of the language, based on simple oral and written tasks referenced in the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students will gradually acquire simple vocabulary, the basic structures of the language and its linguistic specificities. At the second level, the course will consolidate the basics and deepen the knowledge acquired at the first level through language acts referenced in the CEFR A2 level.
More specifically, at the oral level, the course will offer an introduction to the sounds of Mandarin (in particular through the recognition and acquisition of the phonemes and the four tones of Chinese) by means of practice and real-life situations. The course will use the “pinyin” system, the official transcription of Chinese writing in China. The sounds of the language will therefore be gradually acquired through active practice, with the course also highlighting the difficulties for French and English-speaking learners. The emphasis will be on oral comprehension and oral interaction, but also on pronunciation.
In terms of writing, the course will provide a basic understanding of writing with an introduction to Chinese characters, their composition and specificities, and will focus on both character recognition and production. The learner will be expected to have both a passive knowledge (for reading comprehension) and an active knowledge (for writing production) of a limited list of common characters.
Finally, this course will also emphasise the cultural dimension, knowledge of which is essential for making contact with a Chinese speaker while respecting and understanding his/her codes and values. Cultural references and aspects of Chinese society will thus be dealt with in class according to the students’ themes and interests: Chinese astrology and the way of dealing with time, the origin of Chinese characters, the numeral system and the way of counting with the hands…
Professeur de Chinois
Holder of a master’s degree in oriental languages and literature with a specialisation in Chinese studies, this Chinese teacher has been trained throughout his academic career in Far Eastern Asian studies at various Belgian universities (ULB, KULeuven and UCLouvain). Having obtained a specialization scholarship from WBI (Wallonia-Brussels International) and FNRS in partnership with CSC (China Scholarship Council), he also studied Chinese language and culture for two years in two universities in China: at FDU (Fudan University – 复旦大学) in Shanghai and at ZJU (Zhejiang University – 浙江大学) in the city of Hangzhou. As a result of his studies and his stay in China, he is now keen to share this wonderful language with its multiple specificities and the rich culture that accompanies it, while emphasizing multiculturalism and interculturality.
- No prior knowledge is required for EU1 level.
- For the UE2 level: Have passed an UE1 (A1) level of Mandarin at the IAPS or in another school or take a level test to verify that the A1 level is acquired. This corresponds to the success of HSK1.
Level A1 – Beginner’s level. By the end of the UE1 level, the student will have acquired a basic use of Mandarin. He/she will be able to understand simple oral or written messages through concrete topics of daily life. The student will also be able to produce very short simple oral and written texts.
Level A2 – Survival level. At the end of UE2, the student will have acquired a survival level of Mandarin. He/she will be able to cope in a Chinese-speaking environment in simple everyday situations and to make himself/herself understood using correct basic sentence structures.
Examples of activities and topics covered in A1 and A2 classes:
- Developing language skills (both oral and written) through playful activities based on everyday life:
- Greeting and introducing oneself or someone in one’s social or family circle;
- Expressing oneself about one’s passions and hobbies;
- Talking about one’s schedule: a general day or a typical week;
- Talk about the weather, seasons, holidays or situate events in time (in the past, present or future);
- Talking about past experiences, present habits or future plans
- Talking about the weather;
- Use standard survival phrases in a Chinese-speaking context;
- Read and ask for the time, understand shop opening hours and ask for public transport timetables;
- Ask for directions, explain a route or locate places; Taking public transport;
- Taking public transport;
- Shopping and asking the price of an item (e.g. in a clothes shop);
- Talking on the phone, leaving a voicemail message with your phone number, asking friends out, setting up a meeting and declining an invitation or rescheduling a meeting;
- Going to a restaurant and ordering;
- Booking a room in a hotel and giving personal details (telephone, address, etc.)
- Completing a form ;
- Develop listening skills through listening to authentic materials and develop oral and interaction skills through dialogues and role plays;
- Understand the writing system through the study of the origin of the characters, the basics of writing, the rules for easy access to this writing both for the reproduction of ideograms and for their memorization.
- To understand cultural traits or specificities of life in China through various and varied themes.
Du lundi au jeudi / Monday to Thursday
8H45 à 13H & 17H30 à 20H30
8.45 am -1 pm & 5.30 pm-8 pm