Western's Chinese Language Program provides students with the opportunity to become competent communicators in Chinese language and culture, shared by 1.3 billion people, approximately one-fourth of the world’s population.
Chinese Language Program students engage in a rigorous curriculum with the goal of obtaining a competitive position in our increasingly globalized world. The study of Chinese Language and Culture focuses on communicative skills and cultural awareness, which are essential for success in career pursuits such as business, education, public service, and technology related to China, Chinese people, and Chinese language. With the addition of a teaching endorsement, this program prepares students to become successful language teachers at the secondary education level.
The BA in Chinese Language and Culture leads to a BA degree without teacher certification. In order to receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification, students must complete the "teacher certification" program which is offered by the Department of Secondary Education. A passing score on the World Languages WEST-E test, and proficiency in the designated world language assessed by ACTFL oral and written tests at the Advanced-Low level, are required by the state.