Learning Mandarin is difficult, so is teaching Mandarin, perhaps even more so. As the primary source for knowledge, teachers must be careful that they do not stuff down students’ throats with all the new words and grammars.
After years of teaching and writing, we have gained our expertise from old-fashioned principles of hard work. We know that teaching is an art and we practice this art at every lesson.
April offers private and group Mandarin lessons to non-Chinese speakers in Hong Kong. Under her instruction, students enjoy well targeted and best designed Mandarin classes and they improve quickly through interactive drills. The entire self-contained curriculum transforms the students from total beginners into fluent Mandarin speakers with substantial cultural knowledge.
MSL Master stands for Mandarin as a Second Language Master. There are three key words: “Mandarin”, “second”, and “master”.
The first word is “Mandarin”. That is what our lessons are about, Mandarin Chinese or Putonghua, which most people speak in China, Taiwan, Singapore and many other regions in the world, usually with their distinctive accents.
The second word is “second”, which means our lessons are for people who learn Mandarin as a second language, who are young adults or adults. We don’t teach toddlers or very young children, whose first language is not yet in place. In the place of the word “second”, there are two alternatives: Mandarin as a “Foreign” Language, and Mandarin as an “International” Language. The word “foreign” indicates a divide between the self and the other, implying constant conflicts and never-ending struggles. Hence we scrapped this word. As for “international”, comparing with English, Mandarin has not gained this status yet. We certainly hope it will be.
The third word is “master”. It is our mission statement. Firstly, we help our students to master, to grasp, and to conquer. It is a process of mastering Mandarin as a language. It implies to overcome difficulties, and to make effort to achieve. Secondly, we want our students to become a master, a teacher and an expert of Mandarin as a culture. It is the ultimate achievement of learning, the end result of an arduous and demanding journey. It is to finally get to the sublimed status, to know.
Increase students' knowledge retention, and obtain outstanding Chinese language skills
Promote qualitative, portfolio-based assessment, and encourage fresh ideas
Provide opportunities for team work through built-in exercises and class activities
Focus on communication and develop independent and critical thinking skills
Private Mandarin lessons offer students flexible schedule and the teacher's undivided attention. Students make progress at their own pace, and it is possible to make huge progress in a short time.
Tuition fee (course materials included)
For 1 person
For 2 people
Terms & Conditions
Group Mandarin classes are fun. Students enjoy the class and share a great learning experience with fellow students, while peer supports are encouraged throughout the entire course. The schedule is fixed and students benefit from regular input and exercises.
For higher level classes, in order to ensure all participants are at a similar level, a free initial assessment is required when necessary.
Terms & Conditions
Intensive Mandarin is an integrated program, designed for beginner students to have a quick start in learning Mandarin. It combines Mandarin Express Intro Level A and Chinese Reading and Writing 1 as the core lessons, in addition to targeted drills and various class activities.
With 2.5 hours (150 minutes) a day, five days a week, this 50-hour intensive program provides a good opportunity for beginner students to understand What Mandarin Chinese is, and to quickly build up abilities in terms of four basic skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Moreover, half-day program leaves students sufficient time for revision and rest.
Terms & Conditions
Mandarin Express Intro Level A
This is a beginner’s Mandarin course for non-Chinese speakers, focusing on speaking and listening. Students get started quickly and be able to carry on simple conversations with Chinese people and conduct basic self-introduction in Mandarin. Classes are stimulating and fun, with many targeted activities to accelerate the learning process. This course is 30 hours, and materials include Mandarin Express Intro Level A Student’s Book, Mandarin Express Intro Level A Work Book, and class handouts.
Chinese Reading and Writing 1
This is a beginner’s Chinese writing course for non-Chinese speakers. From strokes to Characters, this course takes students into the door of Chinese reading and writing. They will understand what the Chinese writing system is, know how to pick out words in sentences, and be able to use 70 Chinese characters to write simple Chinese texts. This course is 15 hours, and materials include Chinese Reading and Writing 1, and class handouts.
This course is ideal for students who have the knowledge of pinyin, but have not studied Chinese characters.
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