At the beginning:
People who want to learn Chinese have different learning objectives, for further study, business or just interests, so your 1-1 individual lessons study package will start with an extra lesson. In this lesson, you will discuss with your teacher your learning expectations and your teacher will assess your current level of Chinese if you’ve learnt some before. You’ll get advice on your learning objectives and suggestions for the right course/level for you. Then we can set up your individual study plan and agree your schedule, and you’re ready to start your learning journey. This is just the start; you and your teacher can change your schedule or objectives as you study, within the limits of the time scale set for your study package.
During the course:
You will have 50 minute lessons with your teacher using online meeting technology (Zoom, VooV or Lessonspace) according to your schedule. The lessons will be highly interactive and include listening, speaking, reading or writing as appropriate for the language level and lesson focus. Each lesson will include practicing and reinforcing what’s being learnt, as well as giving you a learning summary at the end of each month. You will have a clear vision of your progress, strengths and weaknesses, your teacher will help you to really understand the language and move forward step by step, making sure you have learnt properly and not just had a lesson.
Learning with a native Chinese teacher:
Because your teacher is a native Chinese, often still living in China, you will get a real insight into everyday Chinese people and modern Chinese culture in your lessons as you and your teacher get to know each other. This is an invaluable part of learning Chinese in the live 1:1 lesson programme, and will help greatly to progress your learning as well as the benefit of practising listening and speaking with a native speaker.
You will usually be given the chapter’s learning focus and an after-class assignment at the end of each lesson. The great benefit with our 1:1 private lessons is that you can ask your teacher questions and get answers via our online private community or other medium outside of lesson time. You can send to your teacher completed assignments and receive corrections and detailed feedback. Depending on the content of the lesson, sometimes your teacher will give you audio or video exercises to practice listening and speaking. Your teacher will monitor your learning process throughout. In this way, you will get the best support during your studies.
You can buy our individual lessons in study packages of varying amounts of lessons, from 20 lessons and up. Each package is designed to help you meet a particular learning goal. On our study package purchase page you can review what packages are available and choose which one suits you.
All Study Packages are paid for by a number of fixed monthly payments over the duration of the package, so that you can spread the cost of your studies. This is not a subscription plan; you agree to pay the whole amount in the number of fixed payments shown and payments finish when the last one is paid, without any renewal or continuation. This way, you always know how much you will pay and get the benefit of monthly payments without a subscription commitment. There are several secure payment methods available on checkout, you can have confidence that your financial details are safe.
Additional Study Packages:
You can always buy another Study Package, even when the time period for your current one hasn’t run out.
Q: What will I learn in this course?
A: People who want to learn Chinese have different learning objectives, for further study, business or just interests, so all of our 1:1 study packages include an extra lesson with your teacher at the start. This lesson is an opportunity for you to discuss your learning expectations and agree on your initial study plan. If you have already learnt some Chinese, your teacher will assess your current Chinese level in this lesson. Your teacher can then advise you on your learning objectives and give suggestions for the right course/level for you. When you’re agreed, we will set up your individual study plan and agree on your initial schedule, start your learning journey. Don’t worry, because we’re flexible we can change this as necessary during your learning according to your progress!
Q: Can I start as a beginner?
A: Yes of course.
Q: What if I’ve already learnt some Chinese?
A: Your teacher will check your Chinese level at the start of the course and agree with you at what level you should start and how much missing cultural background, if any, will need to be filled in.
Q: I just want to learn to speak Chinese, is that possible?
A: Yes. Definitely. Each of our study packages include 1 free, extra lesson at the beginning. In this lesson, teacher will discuss about your learning expectation, advise you on your learning objectives and give suggestions for the right course for you. If you just want to learn to speak Chinese, your lessons will designed to develop speaking and listening skills through common conversations used in real life daily situations, for example shopping, ordering in restaurant, normal social situations etc. Lively and fun!
Q: Do I need to buy a textbook?
A: Not necessary. Teacher will provide hands out after every lesson, you can use them to review or practice. But it’s easy to order a textbook online or buy it from a book store if you want, the teacher will give you details.
Q: How long do I have to take my lessons?
A: When you buy a study package, there’s a set time limit. This is because it’s generally wise to learn regularly to make sure you have continuity and make good progress. If you need to take a break and have unused lessons, we can agree a time scale for deferment.
Q: Can I get a refund if I need to stop my lessons?
A: Yes. You need to give at least 1 week's notice, and lessons you have taken or scheduled within the notice period will be charged at $30/lesson. If you have taken more lessons than payments made then your payments will continue until there is a positive balance. The balance will be refunded to you within two weeks by the same payment method you used. No cash refunds.
Q: Can I pay for my lesson package by monthly payments?
A: Yes. All Study Packages are paid for by a number of fixed monthly payments over the duration of the package, so that you can spread the cost of your studies. This is not a subscription plan; you agree to pay the whole amount in the number of fixed payments shown and payments finish when the last one is paid, without any renewal or continuation.