Language Garden Academy

At Language Garden Academy, we foster an authentic environment in which second-language acquisition happens naturally. Our cohesive curriculum presents ample opportunities for children to see, hear and speak their new language through interactive and engaging activities. Our classes are capped at 6 students each, enabling us to emphasize on differentiated instructions for different learning styles and abilities. We currently offer Mandarin immersion Preschool, Parent & Child, Martial Arts, Pottery and Language & Art for grades K and up.

Iwen Chiu
Director of
Language Garden


Iwen has been a second-language acquisition specialist working with youths ranging from infants to high school students since 2005. In addition to teaching at her own school, Language Garden Academy,
she also presents world-language story times at Seattle Public Library branches. A true "third culture kid", Iwen lived in 4 different countries while growing up. She is trilingually fluent in Mandarin/Spanish/English and has the first-hand experience of knowing what it takes to learn a second language at a young age. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, art gallery hopping, photography, pottery making, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and globetrotting. She has traveled to more than 30 nations and counting.

A language immersion school where young linguists grow and bloom...