This year, Indiana State introduces the Chinese School of the Wabash Valley (CSWV) into the Community School of the Arts.

The Chinese School of the Wabash Valley invites students of all nationalities, demographics and ages from beginner to advanced to learn a new language that would help expand their horizons.

 CSWV’s initial focus is teaching Mandarin Chinese to children ages five and above and simultaneously provides adults with the basic conversational Mandarin.

The Chinese School of Wabash Valley offers classes on Sundays at ISU’s Fine Arts Building, CSA Arts Room 115 from 2 pm-4 pm. Classes began Aug. 25 and will end Dec. 15, 2019. 

Assessments were done on the first day of class to properly place students in the best-fitting course level. The instructors are Asian natives currently residing in the Wabash Valley who wish to utilize their time and talents to share their language and cultural experiences with others. 

Those interested may refer to http://statecsa.indstate.edu/events/learn-mandarin-Chinese/ for more information on how to register. Participants must register for at least five classes at the cost of $125. The required textbook is an additional $15.

CSWV has been in operation since 2007. It began as an independent nonprofit organization that introduces Chinese language and culture to Wabash Valley residents and helps schools assess language offerings. They are now a community partner of the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University. 

With respect to the mission of ISU’s Community School of the Arts, the program seeks to enrich the lives of those who reside in the area no matter their age, economic circumstances or ability levels. 

Director of the Community School of the Arts, Cynthia Phillips-Sabla, encourages students to consider the benefits of joining this program. “The Chinese School of the Wabash Valley not only teaches its students the Chinese language, but also embraces Chinese culture and heritage,” says Phillips-Sabla.

There are currently 30 students registered for classes and Phillips-Sabla would love to see that number grow. “[CSWV] has merged with the Community School of the Arts this year to help increase their enrollment and to help spread the word about the organization,” she says.