Chinese Programs

Youth Immersion class has been CANCELLED for Wednesday, January 21 due to inclement weather. Students should not come to Germantown Academy today. 

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 fourth 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 campus in Fort Washington. 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 15, 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 are formed according to proficiency and age group.

Adult Classes

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

Adult Conversation Level 1 
Mondays, 6:30–8:30pm
$400 / year or $215 / semester

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 
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30pm
$400 / year or $215 / semester

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.

Classroom Assignments

Youth Immersion classes meet in the Lower School.

Chinese Class 1 meets in the 1st Grade classrooms on the 1st floor. Three classrooms in rotation: 11, 12, 14

Chinese Class 2 meets in the 2nd Grade classrooms on the 1st floor. Three classrooms in rotation: 16, 17, 18

Chinese Class 3 meets in the 4th Grade classrooms on the 2nd floor and the Library.

Adult Classes meet in the Confucius Classroom in the Administration Building.

Campus Map  


Confucius Institute Day
Tuesday, October 28, 5-7pm
Honickman Auditorium

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! 

See the Photo Album