The modern language program at Saint Paul American School is dedicated to both helping students master a foreign language, as well as introduce them to the subtleties of a culture different from their own. Students are enrolled in two language classes a day, which focus on both oral and written Components. As students progress through the program, courses increasingly focus on HSK (HanYu ShuiPing KaoShi) mastery, including levels HSK 3-6, with the expectation that all graduates will reach the point of both spoken and written fluency in Chinese.
In an increasingly globalized world, language acquisition is a necessary step in promoting cultural awareness. Our unique concept of high school establishes a mutual credit exchange and dual diploma system between Saint Paul Preparatory School in the US, and the Second School Attached to Beijing Normal University. Many graduates continue to study both Chinese and English, recognizing the importance of multilingualism. Spanish is also an emerging curriculum addition that allows students to add or third or fourth language to their skill set.
Mastery of Chinese and English language ultimately prepares students to be global leaders in a wide variety of fields; with this goal in mind, the modern language program works diligently to prepare students for professional success in the global community.