Language Programs

WAB language programs

The languages we speak are as diverse as our multicultural community. The Western Academy of Beijing provides an integrated approach to language learning that helps our students become engaged international thinkers and communicators within a global society.

WAB offers IB curriculum-integrated language courses for a number of languages during the regular school day.

For other languages not offered as part of our IB curriculum, WAB’s Mother Tongue Programs are provided at our school in partnership with the parent community to native speakers outside of regular school hours. Other specialized language programs are also available.

Our Language Programs

Curricular Languages


Mother Tongue


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WAB has contributed to our child's development through reading, both in English and in Chinese. Judy reads a lot of books. Independence, freedom and respect - these ideas come from WAB and have really helped Judy to develop herself.

Mr. and Mrs. Huang, WAB Parents

Curricular Languages


English is the language of instruction and primary language of communication at WAB, as well as part of the IB programs in all our schools.

We provide English as an Additional Language (EAL) support for all grade levels. Our EAL students receive help in every area of language acquisition in order to reach a high level of English language proficiency and achieve full participation in the WAB curriculum.


WAB is committed to providing opportunities for students to engage with their host country, China, in an authentic and meaningful way.

Interactions with members of the Chinese community within WAB, and in Beijing, form an integral part of the curriculum and provide genuine opportunities for students to develop and use Chinese language for real purposes. IBPYP, IBMYP and IBDP Chinese are offered at WAB. Complimentary Chinese Mother Tongue courses are offered during school hours to native speakers.

Other Curricular Languages

IBMYP and IBDP Spanish and French are offered at WAB. Curriculum-integrated language courses for native Dutch (WAB PYP) and German (IB PYP) speakers are also available - additional fees may apply.

With the approval of the Danish Ministry of Education, WAB is the first and only school in Beijing to have permission to offer the Danish national examinations, which mark the end of Danish schooling, Folkeskolen. The certificate Danish students earn from passing the test opens up opportunities for further education in Denmark, where Danish is often required for university admissions.

Mother Tongue Programs

Our Mother Tongue Programs are a series of community-run language courses offered at WAB in partnership with the parent community, to native-speakers of other languages, outside of regular school hours.

Danish | Den danske skole i Beijing

At the Danish school in Beijing our main goal is to teach Danish to our students, for them to be able to return to Denmark and join ‘Den danske Folkeskole’ at the grade level that suits their age and/or pass the Danish 9. grade Danish exams – it's the 4 exams in ‘mundtlig dansk, skriftlig fremstilling, retskrivning og læsning’. Students can sit their exams in Beijing in May/June each year.

We have hired a Danish teacher who is educated in Denmark to teach. All our lesson plan follows the Danish curriculum, ‘fællesmål’, with books and other supplies purchased in Denmark. All students have two lessons a week (in total 2 hours in one day), and homework must be planned for.

Furthermore, there is the opportunity to take Danish as a second language for those students, who don’t have Danish as their mother tongue. The main focus in this class is vocabulary and understanding.

Independent fees apply per student:

  • Grade kindergarten: 8,000 RMB
  • Grades 1-8: 15,000 RMB
  • Grade 9-12: 19,000 RMB
Cost covers teacher salary as well as all books and supplies needed.

For additional information and to sign up, contact:

Teacher Maja Tschufarin Jensen at


Board member Tina Dige Kjærgaard at

Visit for additional information.

På Den Danske Skole i Beijing har vi som mål, at den enkelte elev skal kunne optages direkte på en almindelig folkeskole i Danmark og starte i en klasse, der svarer til elevens alder samt at de skal kunne bestå Folkeskolens 9. Klasse afgangseksamen – alle de 4 eksaminationer i hhv. mundtlig dansk, skriftlig fremstilling, retskrivning og læsning. Eleverne kan gå op til eksamen hver år i maj/juni i Beijing.
Vi har ansat en dansklærer uddannet i Danmark, og vi anvender de samme materialer, som man anvender på skolerne derhjemme. Undervisningen følger og tilrettelægges ud fra fællemål. Barnet lærer at læse, stave, lytte og tale på dansk og er i professionelle hænder hele vejen igennem. Eleverne modtager 2 timers undervisning om ugen.




Derudover er der også mulighed for at modtage undervisning i dansk som andetsprog for de elever, der ikke taler dansk som deres modersmål. Undervisningen har især fokus på ordforråd og forståelse.



For yderligere information kontakt venligst:

Lærer: Maja Tschufarin Jensen på

Bestyrelsesmedlem: Tina Dige Kjærgaard på



Eller besøg hjemmesiden:







Dutch | De Rode Leeuw

Dutch speaking students at the WAB Elementary School (Kindergarten to Grade 5) have the unique opportunity to choose Dutch as part of a daily language program of the WAB PYP curriculum. The daily lessons run for 40 minutes during school time. The classes focus on speaking, listening, writing and vocabulary building through the Units of Inquiry with the aim of a smooth transfer into a Dutch or Belgian school system if and when moving back home or to a new destination.

The students in this daily integrated program are also offered a Chinese conversational class as an after-school activity each week on top of the Dutch language classes in order for them to be able to communicate in their host country. This class is taught by a qualified Chinese language teacher.

Dutch language classes have been part of the WAB Elementary school PYP curriculum since WAB was founded in 1994. To offer the best quality of Dutch language learning WAB works with a qualified Dutch teacher specifically hired to run the integrated Dutch language program for WAB Elementary School students. The program uses official Dutch teaching materials and the Dutch national “Cito”-tests. Belgian and Dutch cultural aspects are also included in the program giving the students a true sense of identity.

WAB students in Pre-Kindegarten and WAB students in Middle and High School can join the after school Dutch language program organized by “De Rode Leeuw” (The Red Lion), the Dutch language school in Beijing which closely cooperates with WAB and runs most of its classes at WAB. These after school programs have weekly classes of 2 ½- 3 hours taught by qualified Dutch elementary, middle and high school teachers and are open to all Dutch speaking students in Beijing.

Independent fees apply for each student per full year:

  • Fees for the 2019-2020 integrated WAB daily Dutch language program are:
    • Grade KG-G5 (5 times a week) 26,000 RMB
  • Fees for the after school Dutch language program range from 1,950 EUR to 2,050 EUR depending on the grade level.
  • The Grade 11 and 12 IB Diploma program self-taught Dutch has a separate fee based upon group size and needs of the students.

For additional information and to sign up:

Please visit the website of The Red Lion (in Dutch) for more information on either the integrated daily Dutch language program at WAB Elementary School or the after school programs for WAB Pre-K and Middle and High School students.

Please feel free to contact the Dutch language program coordinator and WAB’s Dutch language teacher Alexia Mavromatis at for more information or to plan an on-site school visit.

Nederlandse moedertaal lesprogramma’s voor WAB-leerlingen

Nederlands sprekende kinderen op de Elementary school van WAB hebben de unieke mogelijkheid om Nederlands als onderdeel van een dagelijks programma te kiezen dat geïntegreerd is in het WAB PYP curriculum. Deze dagelijkse Nederlandse lessen duren 40 minuten en vinden plaats onder schooltijd. De focus in de lessen ligt op spreken, begrijpend lezen, luisteren, schrijven en woordenschat. Dit Nederlandse taalprogramma is gericht op aansluiting bij het onderwijs in Nederland en België, NTC-scholen in andere landen en het IB Diploma programma Nederlands.

De leerlingen in dit programma wordt ook een wekelijkse naschoolse les conversatie Chinees aangeboden. Deze les wordt gegeven door een gekwalificeerde leerkracht Chinese taal.

De Nederlandse lessen maken al sinds de oprichting van WAB in 1994 onderdeel uit van het WAB Elementary School PYP-curriculum. Om de best mogelijke kwaliteit te bieden werkt WAB met een gekwalificeerde Nederlandse leerkracht die speciaal geworven is om het geïntegreerde Nederlandse moedertaalprogramma voor leerlingen van de WAB Elementary school te organiseren en doceren.

Het programma gebruikt officiële Nederlandse lesmethodes en ook wordt twee keer per jaar de cito toets afgenomen. Daarnaast wordt er aandacht besteed aan Belgische en Nederlandse culturele aspecten wat helpt de leerlingen een gevoel van identiteit te geven.

WAB-leerlingen in pre-Kindergarten en WAB-leerlingen in de Middle- en High school kunnen één van de naschoolse programma’s Nederlands volgen. Deze worden georganiseerd door De Rode Leeuw, de Nederlandse school Beijing die hier al 15 jaar gevestigd is. De Rode Leeuw werkt nauw samen met WAB en de meeste naschoolse lessen vinden ook plaats op WAB. Deze naschoolse programma’s bieden wekelijks 2 ½ - 3 uur les en worden gegeven door gekwalificeerde leerkrachten Nederlands voor het basisonderwijs en voortgezet onderwijs. Deze naschoolse lessen zijn open voor alle Nederlands sprekende leerlingen woonachtig in Beijing.

Voor de taalprogramma’s Nederlands bestaat een jaarlijkse eigen bijdrage:

  • Het lesgeld voor het geïntegreerde programma Nederlands op de Elementary School van WAB bedraagt het lesgeld 26,000 RMB voor leerlingen in KG-G5. Zij krijgen 5 keer per week 40 minuten Nederlandse les.
  • Het lesgeld voor de naschoolse programma’s Nederlands ligt tussen de Euro 1,950 en Euro 2,050 afhankelijk van groep.
  • Het IB Diploma Programma Nederlands voor grade 11 & 12 kent een aparte bijdrage gebaseerd op de groepsgrootte en behoeften van de leerlingen.

Wilt u meer weten? Op de website vindt u meer informatie over zowel het geïntegreerde dagelijkse Nederlandse moedertaalprogramma op de WAB Elementary School als ook over de naschoolse Nederlandse taalprogramma’s voor WAB Pre-Kindergarten, Middle en High School leerlingen.

Ook kunt u contact opnemen met de coördinator van het Nederlands dagprogramma en directeur van De Rode Leeuw, Alexia Mavromatis:

Natuurlijk bent u ook van harte welkom om een keer een kijkje te komen in de Nederlandse klas.

French | Français

The French speaking community offers a French Mother Tongue language program at WAB, ran by a certified French teacher.

Only French speaking students can join the after-school lessons. The program is based on French national program and teaching materials that are used at national schools in France and focuses on speaking, reading and writing skills in order to keep the students in contact with their mother tongue.

Classes are provided every Monday and Tuesday in MS / Wednesday in ES from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Classes in HS, preparing to the French exam option for the IB, are individual and by appointment.

The cost of the program is not included in the school fee and depends on the amount of lessons per semester. The program follows the WAB calendar.

Cost for a class (minimum 5 students): 80 RMB / hour / student in ES and MS / Additional fee for materials: 100 RMB / semester.

For additional information and to sign up, please contact:

Catherine Laurent at

La communauté francophone de la WAB offre un programme de Français langue maternelle. Les cours sont donnés par une professeur certifiée.

Seuls les élèves parlant déjà couramment le Français peuvent participer à cette activité extra-scolaire. Le programme est basé sur celui de l’Education Nationale française, et le matériel pédagogique utilisé est celui utilisé dans les écoles françaises. Le programme se concentre sur l’expression orale, la lecture et l’expression écrite afin de maintenir les élèves en contact avec leur langue maternelle et d’entretenir et de développer au mieux leur maîtrise de la langue.

Les cours se déroulent les Lundi et Mardi pour le secondaire (MS) et le Mercredi pour le primaire (ES) de 15 h 30 à 17 h 30.

Les cours en HS, pour la préparation à l'épreuve de Français de l'IB, sont individuels et sur rendez-vous.


Coût des cours collectifs (minimum 5 étudiants): 80 RMB / hour / élève pour ES et MS / Pour le matériel: 100 RMB / semestre.

Pour de plus amples informations et pour s’ inscrire, veuillez contacter:

Catherine Laurent:

Finnish | Pekingin Suomi-koulu

The Finnish School in Beijing offers native language teaching for Finnish children living abroad (ages 3-18). All groups meet every second Saturday (excluding public holidays) for three hours per session.

One of the main goals of the school is to educate students in Finnish culture. Teaching methods for the younger groups mainly involve fairy tales, games and activities. Arts, crafts, musical activities and conversational exercises are also integrated. Classes for older students follow Finland's national Finnish language teaching guidelines.

From Grade 3 on, children can take part in Kulkuri School of Distance. Studies follow Finnish National Curriculum in Finnish, and at the end of Grade 9 it is possible to take a final exam and to get an official grade and diploma in the Finnish language.

The Finnish School also provides tutoring in High School and IB Self Taught Finnish programs. With the IB Self Taught program, the tutor is in touch with High School IB Self Taught Language Coordinator when needed.

A well-managed and updated library supports language studies as well as all cultural events we arrange together with Finnish School staff and parent volunteers. The coming year will be our 20th anniversary.

Classes are provided appx. every second Saturday from 10:00am-1:00pm at the WAB Elementary School language section.

Independent fees apply for each student per full year:

  • 2,000 RMB

For additional information or to sign up, please visit:

Or contact:

Chairperson Tuija Lotti-Karvanen at, +86 18612270910

Ulla Tiesmäki at tel. +86 1851 130 0322

Vuonna 2017 juhlitaan jo Suomi-koulumme 20-vuotis syntymäpäiviä. Oppilasmäärä on vaihdellut kuluneena aikana parista kymmenestä 120:een. Koulun tavoitteena on ylläpitää ja lisätä Pekingissä asuvien suomalaislasten ja -nuorten kielitaitoa ja kulttuurintuntemusta.

Ryhmiä on 3-18 -vuotiaille. Lukuvuonna 2016/2017 koulussamme toimii 6 ryhmää, joista vanhimmat oppilaat eli lukiolaiset tapaavat webinaarissa ja nuorempien ryhmät kokoontuvat Western Academy of Beijing- koululla noin joka toinen lauantai, 18 kertaa lukuvuodessa, kolme tuntia kerrallaan. Tänä vuonna Suomi-koulussamme aloittaa 43 oppilasta.

Lisää tietoa koulustamme ja hakuohjeen löydät sivuiltamme tai ottamalla yhteyttä puheenjohtajaan Tuija Lotti-Karvaseen puh. +8618612270910 tai varapj. Ulla Tiesmäkeen puh. +86 1851 130 0322.

German | Das Deutsche Muttersprachen - Programm der WAB

German Students of WAB Elementary School (Kindergarten to Grade 5) can choose German as a part of a daily language program of the WAB PYP curriculum. The daily lessons during school focus on reading, speaking, listening, writing and vocabulary building through the Units of Inquiry. They run for the normal school period of 40 minutes.

Children will be taught and tested in mother tongue competences which the German Ministry of Culture and Education has decided. This allows students to have a realistic view on their abilities.

The program provides a smooth transition for children who will return to Germany and the German school system. In addition to German language classes, students are offered a conversational class in Chinese. Once a week, they will learn how to communicate in our host country.

Independent fees apply for each student per full year:

  • Kindergarten (5 times per week) 17,200 RMB
  • Grade 1-5 (5 times a week) 27,800 RMB

Introducing Our New German Middle School Program!

Our new Middle School program offers German language classes to German-speaking students in order to keep them in contact with their mother tongue.

The program is for students from Grade 6 to Grade 8. Classes are provided every Wednesday in room 5108 in the WAB Middle School from 3:45 to 5:30 pm.

Lessons are based on the German curriculum. Our teaching materials are inclusive, and the units focus on speaking, reading and writing skills.

The cost for the program is (minimum 4 students) 80 RMB per hour or 160 RMB per afternoon. This language program follows the WAB calendar.

For additional information and to sign up, please contact:

Claudia Kort at



Schüler, deren Muttersprache deutsch ist, und die die WAB Grundschule besuchen, können Deutsch als Teil des WAB PYP – Curriculums wählen. Die Grundschule schließt die Vorschule ein und reicht bis zur 5. Klasse. Der tägliche Unterricht konzentriert sich auf das verstehende Lesen, Sprechen, Hörverstehen, Schreiben und den Wortschatzaufbau mit Hilfe der Units of Inquirys. Eine Schulstunde dauert 40 Minuten. Die Kinder werden in den Kompetenzbereichen der deutschen Sprache unterrichtet und geprüft, die von den deutschen Kultusministerien festgelegt sind. Ermöglicht wird so eine realistische Einschätzung des Leistungsniveaus. Der Kurs ermöglicht vor allem den Kindern, die zurück nach Deutschland ziehen, einen leichteren Übergang in das deutsche Schulsystem. Damit die Kinder auch auf chinesisch kommunizieren können, bietet WAB zusätzlich noch eine Stunde pro Woche Konversationschinesisch mit einer qualifizierten Lehrkraft an.

Unabhängige Gebühren für jeden Schüler pro Jahr:

  • Kindergarten (5 x wöchentlich) 17,200 RMB
  • Klasse 1-5 (5 x wöchentlich) 27,800 RMB

WAB: Neu - das WAB Mittelschulprogramm

Das Programm ist eine Initiative von WAB - Eltern.

Ziel der Initiative ist, den Kindern den Kontakt zur deutschen Sprache weiterhin zu ermöglichen!

Der Deutsch-Unterricht findet jeden Mittwoch von 15:45 Uhr bis 17:30 Uhr in der WAB Mittelschule, Raum Nr. 5108, statt. Das Programm ist für Schüler von Klasse 6 bis 8.

Die Stunden berücksichtigen das deutsche Curriculum, das Unterrichtsmaterial ist inklusiv, und die Stunden konzentrieren sich auf Sprechen, Lesen und Schreiben

Die Kosten für das Programm (Mimimum sind 4 Schüler) sind 80 RMB pro Stunde oder 160 RMB für den Nachmittag. Das Programm folgt dem WAB - Schuljahr.

Für weiter Informationen oder Anmeldungen kontaktieren Sie bitte:

Claudia Kort at





Japanese | 小学部生徒対象日本語補習クラス

This Japanese language program targets native Japanese-speaking students who need support in writing, reading and speaking. The classes are divided into three levels. This program also provides Japanese cultural activities, such as Japanese traditional games, music and cooking.

Classes are provided every Saturday from 10:00am to 11:30am at WAB Elementary School, Room 2201 A&B.

Independent fees apply:

  • 1 class 50 RMB (Paid by term)

For additional information and to sign up, please contact:

Fumi Layman at




毎週土曜日 午前10時〜11時半 WAB 小学部 2201教室


1回 50元(学期一括支払い)



After-School Language Programs

WAB’s After-School Language Program (ALP) is designed to allow students to study an additional language at lunchtime and after school. These courses are offered based on teacher availability and sufficient enrollment, and are taught by qualified WAB teachers.

ALP represents a ninth course for students, one more than the regular course load. These courses run for a minimum of 150 minutes per week and cover similar course content as the language courses timetabled within the regular school day. ALP allows students who are enrolled in other language courses, EAL or the Learning Support Program, the opportunity to study the host country’s language.

Students may select one ALP course: Chinese Language and Literature (for native speakers) or Chinese, French or Spanish Language Acquisition (for non-native speakers). Students are expected to attend two sessions per week for the entire school year and follow full WAB program requirements. Students may not enroll in two of the same ALP classes.

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