Chinese Programs

Germantown Academy is proud to partner with Hanban, the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, to offer adult classes in Mandarin language and culture.

Germantown Academy also serves as a Chinese Testing Center, offering official YCT and HSK tests for individuals and schools.

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Language Classes

Germantown Academy offers three levels of Adult Chinese Language Classes that each meet once per week. New students are welcome to sign up for Level 1 below, but acceptance into Level 2 or 3 requires an assessment. Please contact teacher Tsung Tsai before registering. 

Adult Conversation Level 1
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm
September 16 – December 16, 2015
January 13 ­– May 4, 2016
28 total classes

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Adult Conversation Level 1 is aimed at building a solid foundation for the students who have no or little Chinese background. The students are to learn the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing so that at the end of the school year, they will be able to initiate and respond to basic conversations in Chinese. 

Adult Conversation Level 2
Mondays, 6:30–8:30pm
September 14 – December 14, 2015
January 11 – May 16, 2016
28 total classes
Contact Tsung Tsai to schedule an assessment

Adult Conversation Level 2 is designed for those students with some prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. It is intended to consolidate the students' knowledge of Mandarin and improve their ability in the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to speak Chinese with some fluency on daily conversational topics, achieve a basic level of competence with characters and reading comprehension, and be able to write some simple compositions with characters learned.

Adult Conversation Level 3
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30pm
September 15 – December 15, 2015
January 12  – May 3, 2016
29 Total Classes
Contact Tsung Tsai to schedule an assessment

Adult Conversation Level 3 is a continuation of Chinese 2 and aims at further improvement and enhancement of all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, with particular emphasis on developing communicative skills in order to carry out conversations on a range of topics related to daily life. 

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to obtain proficiency at the ACTFL Intermediate Level. Class will be conducted primarily in Chinese and students who are interested can be enrolled upon the recommendation of the instructor.


Chinese New Year Celebration
On Saturday, February 21, 2015, the Germantown Academy community celebrated Chinese New Year with performances, activities, and a delicious lunch! It was a great day of collaboration and celebration. Happy Year of the Sheep! 

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Confucius Institute Day
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Confucius Institute, GA's partner in providing Chinese cultural and language instruction, celebrated their 10th anniversary this year. GA students put on skits and songs in honor of this milestone! 

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Classroom Assignments

Adult Classes meet in the Confucius Classroom in the Administration Building (33).

Testing is administered in the Arts Center Building (38).

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