- Can we do 45 minute lessons?
Yes of course. Especially for younger children a whole hour of class is too much.
The teacher will spend an additional 15 minutes to prepare activities for the young student before class and then only teach 45 minutes per lesson.
- Will there be homework?
The amount of homework will depend on your child’s individual situation.
A study plan is individually designed for each child or teenager and the homework load will be adjusted accordingly. Feedback from you as a parent is very helpful for us there, so please feel free to let the teacher know if you think your child’s homework situation should be adjusted.
- How long does one teaching period last?
This very much depends on the student. For teenagers studying for 1.5 or 2 hours together is often very beneficial as they need a bit of time to get into Mandarin and once they are in the learning flow, it is best to try to stay there.
Being a bit tired after a Chinese class is absolutely ok – this is hard work for the brain.
However especially for younger students, one hour per period is the maximum they can remain productively focused though. For very young kids it is possible to also just teach 45 minutes per lesson. So how long each study session lasts will depend on your child’s individual situation and will be discussed between you and your child’s online study advisor.
- Is reading also taught?
Yes of course, we also teach reading and writing Chinese characters.
However, it is important to remember that hand writing in today’s world is not used very much anymore. Therefore if you want your child to be able to use Mandarin as fast as possible, we will focus on reading comprehension and typing Chinese characters through Pinyin and not hand writing.
- Are there quizzes or exams?
Depending on the course structure, duration and student motivation we do sometimes include quizzes or small exams to both measure our young student’s progress and also give them something to study for.
HSK exams are also a good way to structure an online course, however exam availability varies widely depending on where you live. Therefore HSK exams might be part of the curriculum but not necessarily. Also of course nobody knows a child better than his or her parents so please feel free to let your teacher know any suggestions you might have.
- How does the instruction work?
An online class in many ways works similarly to a face to face offline class.
This is also the case for class preparation. Please make sure that your child is ready for class on time, dressed properly and aware that now class will start.
Your kid should be in a quiet environment without distractions, sitting on a proper chair in front of a PC with enabled webcam and microphone.
Make sure that bluetooth and other software that might block your computer’s webcam or microphone are switched off. Just like in the “real world” online classes start and finish on time.
- What kind of tasks will there be during class?
What exactly is taught during a class will depend on the program you chose, your child’s individual situation, age and study aims.
Before the program starts we will do an individual study assessment (free of charge of course) for your child and create an individual online study program based on this. As the online classes progress we will keep adjusting the study plan based on parents and students feedback.
- Can you coach me how to support teach my child Mandarin?
Yes, absolutely we can.
Parents are not required to get involved, however parents support definitely helps with children’s Chinese learning progress. Please speak to your kid’s teacher, we have a lot of ideas.
- How fast will my Child’s Mandarin progress?
There are many factors however one of the most important is class intensity.
Mandarin is a very different language to English and it is easy to forget vocabulary and sentence structures between classes, especially if there are not that many other opportunities to practice Mandarin.
This is why learning speed greatly improves when classes are studied closer together and preferably for longer individual sessions.
100 hours of studying Chinese within a few months will get your child much faster ahead than the same number of hours studied but spread out over a longer time period.
- What is LTL’s HSK exam pass rate?
LTL students today have a 95% HSK exam pass rate, which of course is far above the international average of about 58%. Investment into quality education does lead to results.
- How long will it take my kid to learn Mandarin?
For students who come to China and study Mandarin intensively and are immersed into a Chinese language environment we know we can reach HSK 5 to 6 within less than a year.
However, for online classes there are several other factors to be considered.
How long it takes a child to learn Mandarin online will depend on a variety of factors, however it will always be a process and a combination of approaches.
The more intense and less spaced out classes are the faster the progress will be. A combination with non-online classes for example a Mandarin summer camp in China or a Chinese language course during the year can also be very helpful.
- At what age should my child start to learn Chinese?
A student can neither be too young nor too old to start learning Chinese.
It is possible to achieve Mandarin fluency as a toddler, infant, small child or teenager.
Online classes can make sense from the age of four for some students and for pretty much all kids from the age of seven. Youth and being young help when learning a language, so starting early is definitely an advantage, but it is possible to learn Mandarin as a retiree, so being a teenager is definitely not too late to start.
- Are there smaller programs than the Mini?
No there are not. At LTL we do not just “teach an hour of Chinese”.
We prepare individual study plans, organize suitable teachers and invest a lot of time and effort into making sure that the course is fun, effective and suitable for our young student’s needs.
For this all to be worth it, we also need the student to commit to a meaningful program. Currently this is only 25 hours of class which is of course only a first step towards Mandarin fluency.
- Can two children study together?
Yes, absolutely they can and it can be a lot of fun to study Chinese together.
There is also a 20% discount for each kid.
If a brother or a sister want to study together with another sibling, please let us know their age, Mandarin level and a bit more about their personalities. We will then design classes accordingly.
- Can I extend my child’s class validity?
Yes of course you can.
If your child cannot finish the purchased hours within the given time frame you can simply extend the hours free of charge for up to two years.
- Do girls or boys learn Chinese faster?
We have been teaching thousands of students Mandarin and can say that so far we have not seen any major difference in the learning speed of girls and boys.
The teaching quality, intensity of classes, homework, teacher / student relationship, motivation etc. are all very important determinants of how fast a student learns Mandarin, however gender is not.