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Using Chinese Calligraphy to Teach Mandarin

09 December 2014

An important part of learning Mandarin is learning the characters. Our Mandarin department aim to make this sometimes daunting task fun, by really allowing the students to immerse themselves in the art of writing through learning Chinese Calligraphy.

  • Students at BISS Puxi learn the art of Chinese Calligraphy
  • Students at BISS Puxi learn the art of Chinese Calligraphy
  • Students at BISS Puxi learn the art of Chinese Calligraphy
  • Students at BISS Puxi learn the art of Chinese Calligraphy

Our Key Stage 3 students in Years 7, 8 and 9 learning Chinese Calligraphy as part of their Mandarin classes.

Over the past few weeks students in Key Stage 3 have been learning how to write Hieroglyphic characters. These hieroglyphic characters are the origin of the modern day characters they are learning to write.

When Year 9 Intermediate students studied the topic of weather, they learned hieroglyphic words about rain and wind. These four Characters风雨同舟 mean ‘In the same storm-tossed boat; stand together regardless of situation.’

When Year 8 beginner students looked at dates and months, they learned hieroglyphic words about the sun and moon.  These four Characters日新月异 mean ‘Change for the better day by day and month by month; change rapidly.’

Year 8 and Year 7 also created short essays they had written in Chinese about their family and the weather by making the characters out of glitter.

Calligraphy is such a large part of Chinese Culture it’s something we find important to include in our Mandarin lessons and I definitely see that it improves the enjoyment of Mandarin learning for our students.

- Marie Ma, Secondary Mandarin Teacher 


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