The Chinese School

The Chinese School MA program focuses specifically on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and is designed for current teachers of Chinese or those who wish to teach Chinese as a Foreign Language. The Chinese School does not offer an MA program in language, culture or literature at this time.

Applicants interested in studying advanced Chinese should apply to the 8-week language session. The Chinese School does not offer a 6-week language session.

Additional Requirements for the Chinese School Graduate Program

In addition to the general application requirements, applicants to the Chinese Graduate Program must complete the following:

Letters of Recommendation-addendum

The following recommenders are acceptable, listed in our order of preference:

If you are a teacher:
(a) The principal or superintendent of your school
(b) Supervisors or colleagues who can speak to your TCFL experience

If you are not a teacher:

(a) Instructors or advisors who are familiar with your academic work in TCFL and competent to evaluate it (contact must be within the past two years)
(b) Recent teachers in other languages or disciplines

Proficiency Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of English

Minimum TOEFL IBT scores: 100 overall, 25 reading, 25 listening, 23 speaking, 27 writing

Minimum IELTS scores: 7.5 Overall, 7.5 Listening and Reading, No Sub-score below 7.5

Proficiency Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of Chinese

A recent college major in Chinese or a minimum ACTFL OPI score of Advanced Low is required. Applicants may either submit an official OPI score from ACTFL or take our on-line computer adaptive test, as well as a follow-up speaking test with a Chinese faculty member designated by our director.




Statement of Purpose

Please submit a one-page statement of purpose with a description of your educational background, your experience in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL), and your objectives for choosing this program. Please submit one copy in Chinese and one in English. The online application does not support Chinese language software. Please write your essay in English in Microsoft Word and paste it in the designated section of the on-line application. If you are unable to do so, please include a hard copy of your essays with the rest of your application materials. Please do not send your essay in via email.

Curriculum vitae
Address for Submitting Materials

Chinese School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

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The application for our 2016 summer sessions will be available on November 1, 2015.