Wangari Maathai Language Center
2iE has laboratories of modern languages, with a team of experienced teachers and teaching resources tailored to language learning. Composed of three laboratories (90 computers) distributed on Ouagadougou (Maya Angelou English Corner) and Kamboinsé (Wangari Maathai Language Center) campuses, the 2iE’s Language Centers help to practice English, French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. It is equipped with multimedia teaching software (TOEFL Langmaster, Reflex Cambridge, an offline platform) and reference tools (electronic dictionaries, appropriate webography, course resources, journals, etc…). New students must take a placement test in order to be distributed into groups depending on their level.
Video recorders enable to focus on audio-oral skills. Access to journals in foreign languages as well as satellite TV programs in various languages make learning easier. Conversation classes are provided with experts, speakers on current topics or on cultural characteristics of other countries. Cultural immersion trips in other countries can be organized, especially to English-speaking countries. Every year, a chat program/exchanges in partnership with other universities (Ohio University in the USA in 2013), allows ten 2iE students exchange online for 2 and a half months with English American students/for about an hour each week. The learners can also join if they wish the activities proposed by the English Language Improvement Club which holds twice every week activities on both campuses.
2iE’s Engineering Degree (Master’s Diploma) is accredited by the French Engineering Title Commission (CTI) and recognized throughout the European space and has been awarded the Eur-Ace label. Thus, the key graduation requirement is a 550 TOEFL score (or a 785 TOEIC score), for non-francophone students, the mandatory second language is French. In addition to these two languages, students can also learn the Chinese language.
- English: Lessons focus on the four skills (reading, listening, writing, speaking) to ensure command of written and oral communication. Students are divided into groups of homogeneous levels. Teaching methods include basic modules of oral and written expression, as well as TOEFL sessions. Each student is monitored regularly. His/her progress is recorded in an individual language passport that will allow him to record the acquired skills, monitor and control its progress to accurately identify areas to be improved. Training sessions include face to face ones but training tools are distributed to students for self- training which the most important part in learning a language remains. Chinese: Mandarin courses are delivered in partnership with the Cooperation Department of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Burkina Faso. The Chinese course aims to equip students with the basic knowledge of Chinese language. At the end of the course they are able to introduce themselves and describe their work, their family, their environment, their tastes and habits. The skills allow them to meet needs of a concrete Mandarin. The learning program includes lectures on Chinese culture as well.
- French: a French language program is developed for the increasingly non-francophone students who fit into 2iE: Guinea Bissau, Angola, Tanzania, Ethiopia, etc.. The course is based on the levels of the European Reference Centre for Languages and their main objective is to quickly equip students with the language skills necessary for further education and integration in a francophone country.
Monday – Friday
7:00 – 16:00
Saturdays and Holidays
10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
3.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.