Chinese Programs

Germantown Academy is proud to partner with Hanban, the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, to offer one of the most robust and comprehensive Chinese Programs in Greater Philadelphia. 2014-15 marks the third year of formal classes at GA, which are designed to educate youth and adults about the culture and language of China.

Below you can find information on the Youth Immersion Class and Adult Language Classes, and Germantown Academy also serves as a Chinese Testing Center. Young or old, experienced or not, you can learn all about Chinese language and culture at GA's Fort Washington campus. Our dedicated teachers have proficiency in all levels of Chinese language instruction.

Youth Immersion Class

Open to students entering Kindergarten through Sixth Grade at all school districts neighboring Germantown Academy, the Youth Immersion Chinese Language Class at GA is designed to teach children whose first language is English and to immerse them in the Chinese language on four consecutive days. While learning how to speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese, students will also gain an appreciation for China's rich cultural history. 

The Details 

Monday - Thursday, 4:15-5:45pm
September 8, 2014 - June 4, 2015
$1,000 / year or four installments of $250

Transportation will be provided from Upper Dublin and Wissahickon School Districts. Otherwise, parents will be responsible for the transition from school to GA's campus. All parents are responsible for pick-up at 5:45pm.

Classes will be formed according to proficiency and age group.

Register for Youth Immersion Class

with questions

Adult Classes

Germantown Academy offers three levels of Adult Chinese Language Classes that each meet once per week.

Chinese Level 1
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

$400 / year or $215 / semester

Chinese Level 1 is designed primarily for students who have little or no prior exposure to the Chinese language. Pinyin and Simplified Chinese will be introduced. Students will learn to deal with different tasks that have immediate concern to them. Students are expected to reach the proficiency of "novice-mid" after completing Level 1, based on the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines.

Register for Adult Chinese Level 1  

Chinese Level 2
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm

$400 / year or $215 / semester

Chinese Level 2 continues the coursework from Chinese Level 1. Students are required to recognize Chinese characters and write them from memory. Students will learn to manage different communicative and interactive tasks. Students are expected to reach the proficiency of "novice-high" to "intermediate-low" after completing Level 2.  

Register for Adult Chinese Level 2  

Chinese Level 3
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

$400 / year or $215 / semester

Chinese Level 3 sees students transitioning out of Pinyin. Students will complete longer projects and deal with more complex tasks. Students are expected to reach the proficiency of "intermediate-mid" after completing Level 3. Students who wish to take level 3 but have not taken the previous classes should get permission from the instructor.

Register for Adult Chinese Level 3 

Registration Forms

Register for Youth Immersion Class
Monday - Thursday, 4:15-5:45pm
September 8, 2014 - June 4, 2015
$1,000 / year or four installments of $250

Register for Adult Class Level 1 
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
$400 / year or $215 / semester

Register for Adult Class Level 2  
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm
$400 / year or $215 / semester

Register for Adult Class Level 3  
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
$400 / year or $215 / semester