Center for Linguistic Exploration

La Salle College Preparatory plans to offer a Mandarin Language Program for Future Diplomats and Business Leaders spring of 2024

    Coming Spring of 2024,The Center for Linguistic Exploration's mission is dedicated to equipping students with a profound mastery of the Mandarin language. Our ultimate objective is to ensure that graduating students achieve a proficiency level of 1 to 2+ on the ILR Speaking Proficiency scale. This accomplishment will enable them to qualify for acceptance into federally funded Chinese Flagship Programs at esteemed U.S. universities. And that is not all; If students are able to meet all other academic admission requirements, they will have the opportunity to access grants and scholarships to support their higher education pursuits.

    However, our vision extends beyond the confines of the classroom. The Center surpasses traditional learning experiences by offering students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Mandarin-speaking countries. In these settings, they will have unique prospects to study diplomacy and intern with local organizations while earning multiple globally recognized language certifications. This pioneering initiative, the first of its kind offered by a college preparatory educational institution, is designed to prepare our students for extraordinary success in their future careers. We firmly believe that this multifaceted approach will significantly enhance their prospects in the global government and business sectors.

    Center Director
    Tina Wang

    Tina Wang holds a Master's degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience teaching Chinese at K-16 levels internationally. She has taught in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Additionally, Tina Wang has several years of administrative experience, leading numerous outstanding Chinese language programs, including immersion initiatives. She can be reached at:

    Prospective La Salle College Preparatory students contact the La Salle Admissions Office at for additional information.


    La Salle College Preparatory was founded in 1956. Today, we are the only truly diverse and co-educational Catholic high school in Pasadena.