Study Chinese with a Talented and Experienced IB Teacher

Beginning this year, students at AMADEUS Vienna will have the possibility to take Chinese classes.

Language is one of the seven pillars of educational distinction at AMADEUS and we believe the more exposure our young people have to language learning the more opportunities that will await them in the future.  We have a strong language program and most of our students target the prestigious bilingual diploma. The language of instruction at AMADEUS Vienna is in English, whilst all students also immerse themselves in German (the language of our host nation). Beyond that, our students can also take Spanish, Russian, and now, Chinese, as well as a range of self-study languages.

We are also excited to offer ‘Chinese for Beginners’ as an After School Activity (ASA) for our Primary Students.

An Interview with our new Chinese Teacher, Fang Wang

Ms Wang moved to Vienna from Marseille, France in the middle of July this year. She is originally from Inner Mongolia, mainland China, but has studied and worked in Hong Kong for nearly a decade before moving to France. She has a university degree in Chinese language and literature, and she majored in Teaching Chinese as a foreign language in her post-graduate study, in which her teaching practice took place in an IB secondary school in Hong Kong. In addition to that, she was teaching Chinese in a prestigious IB PYP school for 8 years in Hong Kong, and she has taught children aged from 4.5 to 11 years old on a daily basis, both native and non-native speakers.

At AV she will be teaching Grade 9, 10, and 11 students with different levels of Chinese, and our students can look forward to learning from her:

I have tutored students who got 7 in their final Chinese IB exam, so I am confident in what I can bring to the students at Amadeus and look forward to getting to know and teaching them this year.”

Why is Chinese an essential language for native and non-native speakers?

Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. Students who can speak Chinese and English at the same time will really be an international communicator and have a greater chance of making a big impact and difference to the world, Ms Wang explains. For native Chinese students, it is essential to know about their own culture and language in order to get a better understanding of themselves and be proud of who they are and where they were from. All of which are the foundation of learning and exploring other cultures and eventually growing into someone with an international mind.

For people who do not yet know the language, it is a great chance for them not only be able to communicate but also to acquire new knowledge:

“By learning Chinese, non-native speakers will have a great opportunity to know more about the 5000 years’ long ancient culture (full of fascinating stories and traditions), which is so different from their own. That will definitely help them look at things from a different perspective and broaden their horizons.”

How does Austrian culture compare to Chinese culture?

Although Ms Wang recently moved to Austria, she tries to put a few words on what she appreciates the most about the two cultures.

In Austria, she admires how art, music, and nature are so well preserved and deeply appreciated, and how people really value education and enjoying the pursuit of knowledge. For Chinese culture, she appreciates how family and community is very valued, and how the Chinese always try to be more kind and compassionate for others.

However, she also points out that the two cultures have some similarities:

Based on what I have read and observed the past month, I think both Chinese and Austrian can be a bit conservative, and a bit distanced at the beginning. But once you know them well, you will realise how friendly and kind they are.

At AMADEUS we are happy to have Ms Wang and her positive energy on our team, and we are sure that her new Chinese class will be popular among our internationally-minded students.