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Why Learn Mandarin with LTL
The LTL Teachers
The teachers the jewel in the LTL crown it’s that simple. We take huge pride in our teachers in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengde. They are the best in the business and we know this because we only employ the best at LTL Mandarin School.
That is why LTL Mandarin School has such a strict recruitment process in place for teaching staff. All LTL teachers must have a Bachelor’s or a Master’s Degree in ‘Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language’ (对外汉语). During this four year course they learn how the Chinese language works, how to teach it to foreigners, and learn more about their own culture. They are also required to pass English language exams and do work experience placements.
Prior to starting at LTL our teachers also have to complete at least two years of teaching experience at another school. They will then be interviewed and do demonstration lessons before signing the contract.
Experienced – Over a Decade
LTL Mandarin School have been going strong for over a decade now and we have helped over 3,000 China enthusiasts learn more about the Chinese language and experience the country’s unique culture.
Our centres in Shanghai, Beijing and Chengde have always been built on a solid foundation of trust. Our students from around the world trust and allow us to organise all aspects of their program, and support them throughout their time in China. It’s important that parents trust us to ensure the safety of their children; and our network of Chinese homestay families trust us to arrange for students to live in their homes.
We are very proud to have built up that trust over many years of hard work. For us, there is nothing more important than justifying and upholding that trust in the years to come.
Our two schools in Beijing and Shanghai are perfectly located to make your life going to and from school so much easier.
LTL Mandarin School Shanghai is located in the heart of Shanghai’s Former French Concession. From our 9th floor windows we can see Shanghai’s famous tree-lined streets with their shikumen architecture and the glossy, modern skyline of Pudong beyond.
LTL Beijing is based right in the heart of the Central Business District just a five minute walk from Dawanglu Metro Station which is accessible on two lines. There are plenty of eateries, foreign and local a stones throw from the school. You also have easy access to bars, a gym facility and even a swimming pool at our Beijing centre.
For many, the idea of living and studying in Shanghai is a daunting one, especially if this will be your first visit to China. Before your arrival, your Student Advisor will be on hand to help you prepare for the trip and answer any concerns you may have. They’ll also be around the school during office hours for day-to-day queries once you’ve arrived (such as where to find the best Shanghai dumplings!)
We also offer a number of extra add-on services that many newcomers find helpful in the first few weeks, while they adjust to life in China (Link to Survival Kit).
All LTL students are covered by our 24/7 emergency support guarantee – we sincerely hope you won’t need it, but should you need emergency help whilst living in Shanghai, we’ll only be a phone call away.
Join the LTL Community
LTL Mandarin School is so much more than a learning facility. Whether you stay short-term or long-term, we hope our school will become a ‘home away from home’ during your time in China. Our students mean everything to us and the bonds created between student and staff, teacher and student, homestay and student are strong and this is something we are hugely proud of. Many students will end up forging lifelong friendships with the people they meet in China.
That’s because although our students come from diverse backgrounds and speak different mother tongues, all are united by a common aim – learning more about China and Mandarin Chinese.
We also organise a weekly social calendar so that new students quickly feel part of the community. Everyone at the school meets to eat lunch together every day in Bieand there are a variety of LTL social events throughout the week – from Wednesday Night Social Dinners to weekend day trips. We have a lot of fun and LTL and we know you will as well.
Immersion in China
The real key to learning Mandarin fast and effectively isn’t just students learning when they’re in class. It’s about continuing to use the language outside of the classroom too. Whether you’re a beginner or already advanced, applying what you’ve learned to real-life situations will reinforce your learning, and also motivate you to learn more!
There are a number of ways we can help you immerse yourself into Chinese culture and language as soon as you set foot in China. For example, the majority of our students stay with a local Chinese Homestay family. If there’s a sport or activity you’re keen to get involved with while you’re here, let us know, and we’ll help you to organise it. Put into practice what you learn in the classroom and apply it.
For those who want to take the immersion experience to the next level, there’s also our Immersion China program, in which you’ll spend half of your program in the rural city of Chengde – where you really will be surrounded by the Chinese language 24/7!
Don’t just take our word for it – various organisations have recognised LTL Mandarin School as a top-quality provider of Chinese language programs.
LTL Mandarin School is a fully-accredited member of the International Association of Language Centres (IALC), the world’s first and oldest association of private language schools. This means we operate the school based on the IALC Code of Ethics and are subject to regular inspections.
The Chinese Government has recognises LTL Mandarin School as an ‘Accredited Provider of Cultural Programs’ and also an official exam center for the HSK Chinese Proficiency exams.
Contact us for more information on taking a HSK exam at LTL Mandarin School
The German Ministry of Education has certified LTL Mandarin School as a provider of ‘Educational Holiday Trips’ (Bildungsurlaub) (link to ‘Bildungsurlaub Shanghai PDF)
The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket/CSN) has recognised LTL Mandarin School as an accredited “Education Provider”
If you’re German or Swedish you may be eligible for time off work or a scholarship for your chosen LTL program. Contact us for more details.
LTL class credits are recognised by universities around the world, including Michigan State University.
For information on how to receive university credits for your LTL course, please contact us.
If you’ve never studied Chinese before, then there are monthly starting dates on which you can begin your Small Group course. If you’ve already got some prior knowledge of the language, or if you’re looking for a personalised 1-on-1 course, then you’re free to start on any Monday of the year. You are welcome to speak to us for further details. Whatever your position you will start with LTL Mandarin School on a Monday.
There are no application deadlines for joining one of our study programs – as long as there’s a place still available for you on your preferred starting date, we will organise it for you.
Our courses are aimed at being as flexible as possible for you with the aim that you can study Chinese to fit around your busy lifestyle. If you are in a group you will enjoy studying with your classmates everyday. If you decide to study 1-on-1 then your course will be tailored exactly how you wish.
STEP 1: GET ADVICE FROM OUR STAFF
Ask an LTL Student Advisor if you need more information on any of our Chinese programs. The more you tell us about yourself and your Chinese study goals, the better we can advise you. Simply send an email with your query to firstname.lastname@example.org
STEP 2: CHOOSE YOUR CHINESE PROGRAM
Tell us which program you want to sign up for, on which dates, and whether you require accommodation or other services. We’ll send you a full quotation which clearly shows all the relevant details and the final cost in your preferred currency. Whether it be group or individual, shared apartment or homestay, we will help guide you through the whole process.
STEP 3: RESERVE YOUR CHINESE COURSE
Pay 30% of the full program fee in order to confirm your booking with LTL Mandarin School. Your place on the program is now reserved for you, and we will start preparing for your arrival.
STEP 4: PREPARE FOR CHINA
Fill out the online registration form with further details of your learning goals and dietary and accommodation preferences. If you require visa support, we will also send you all the necessary documents needed for your application.
Roughly two weeks before arrival, you’ll receive a pack including your class timetable, contact information and a pre-arrival guide. Now would also be a good time to join our online student group (via WeChat which we will inform you of) so you can meet future classmates!
STEP 5: ARRIVE IN CHINA!
Your adventure is about to begin and it’s one you’ll never forget.
Our Beijing centre boasts a unique 30th floor rooftop which is the pride of LTL Beijing. A great place to socialise, eat lunch, have lessons and relax in the warm summer months in Beijing.
The views from the rooftop are absolutely breathtaking and if you have a telescope handy you’ll even be able to see the Great Wall of China. It’s incredibly popular with our students and we enjoy sharing lunch and a beer there in the warmer Beijing months.
Our teachers have also been known to move lessons from the classroom to the rooftop in the Summer time which is obviously a very popular move with our students. A great backdrop and good company all whilst your Chinese language skills improve.