The goal of the HKIS Chinese Studies program is to prepare students to have a high level of both language proficiency and cultural awareness. HKIS provides a learning environment and curriculum that supports all backgrounds and proficiency levels using the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Chinese language and cultural understanding are taught authentically and through real-world experiences. With the development of both language skills and cultural awareness, students develop strong cultural competency. 


Chinese culture is a Student Learning Results (SLR) and is intentionally integrated into multiple aspects of student learning. Students at HKIS will develop a deep understanding of Chinese cultural practices and perspectives through the curriculum, community engagement, and real-world experiential learning.  

More than just a language

A message from the director of Chinese Studies & World Languages​​​​​​

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