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FAQs2018-08-10T17:51:34+00:00
Who should choose private tutoring?2018-08-06T17:10:53+00:00

We generally believe that private tutoring is one of the most effective way to learn a skill, be it Mandarin, piano or physical fitness. You get all the help and instead feedback from your teacher, you will be fully engaged at all time, and the lesson progress is designed to suit you.

According to our experience, it will suit 3 types of students:
– Students with a busy schedule, who requires the teacher to be relatively flexible
– Students who want to customize their learning content
– Students with a short-term training goal, you need to learn something at a timely fashion to be used or to be tested

What is the curriculum?2018-08-08T12:58:37+00:00

For a complete beginner group, we have the curriculum included in our brochure, it’s well-tested foundation training programme with embedded culture awareness training.

For higher levels, we will consult your training goal before designing a bespoke programme to suit your need.

Where can I find details of the courses?2018-08-09T09:43:22+00:00

On our website. We publish and update new courses on a monthly basis. Navigate to Group Courses on the top menu, find your level, and see all the available courses listed on the page.

What levels do you teach?2018-08-08T13:00:27+00:00

We teach all levels.

At our two centers, we offer group courses for Level 1 to Level 6, for general language fluency purpose, or business purpose.

What is the curriculum?2018-08-09T09:45:13+00:00

You can find the curriculum of each course on the respective course page online.

Each course we are using a textbook to set the curriculum, currently it’s Discover China for Beginner courses, and HSK Standard textbooks for Level 2 onwards, BCT Chinese for Business courses, and in-house developed material for Advanced Business course, and survival courses.

What would I learn?2018-08-07T09:49:51+00:00

It’s your private lessons, we design your learning content around you!

If you are a complete beginner, we suggest you to use our in-house foundation course content, for general fluency, travel or business purpose, but the teachers will add personalized content during the training if necessary.

If you are of higher level, you could choose to follow our fluency skill training curriculum or incorporate your own material, ie your company introduction, product information, files or emails, or industrial news.

It’s your call, set your goal, we will help you achieve the target!

Do I just learn from the market textbooks?2018-08-09T09:46:11+00:00

Of course not!

Textbooks help PM to set the curriculum especially on progressive HSK levels, however, in our classes, it’s just 20% of your learning time. Presentations, videos, activities, worksheets, and games are designed into our teaching plans to take up the 80%, as our classes are Students Centred.

What materials are you using?2018-08-08T13:01:30+00:00

We have in-house developed and customized materials ready for all levels, in the format of presentation PPT, classroom worksheets, learning content and classroom quizzes uploaded to Phone App.

All material is created by our full-time academic team.

Who will teach me?2018-08-07T09:50:12+00:00

We have a team of 15 teachers to do the job. You can view everyone’s profile here. 

Our teachers generally hold M.A and P.H.D in Education or relevant studies and have years of extensive teaching experience in China and the UK. Based on your level and learning goal, we will assign the most suitable and available teacher for you.

How will I be trained?2018-08-09T09:47:45+00:00

Each level has different training modules to reflect the language skills in use. Beginner is foundational and survival context, Elementary is conversation flow, Intermediate is storytelling, Upper Intermediate is independent speaker fluency.

PM’s philosophy is language is for communication, via adopting active learning, tasked-based training approach.

Who are the teachers?2018-08-08T13:02:16+00:00

We have a team of experienced Mandarin language and culture training specialists, working full time or part time with us.

Based on your selected programme, we will propose the most suitable tutor for you and send you his/her profile for approval. All our teachers hold M.A and PHD in relevant academic background and have extensive teaching experience globally.

Where do lessons take place?2018-08-07T09:50:48+00:00

One of the benefits of private tuition is to save you from travelling.

Our teachers will travel to your preferred location, your work premise or home, as long as it is within zone 4. Alternatively, you can also have lessons at our Bank/Monument centre under a slightly higher hourly rate. Or in a café or our office lounge, some students choose a library room too.

How can we book a programme?2018-08-08T13:03:30+00:00

By approving our training proposal, and making full upfront payment to secure your booking. PM will issue VAT invoice for your company once all proposal details are confirmed.

Is it easy to learn Mandarin?2018-08-09T09:48:34+00:00

It’s easy to learn Mandarin as a beginner, as you will be learning the very simple phonetic system, which composes only 490 syllabus! That’s why our Beginner students are the most proud of their achievements of their 0 to 1 step in just 10 to 20 lessons.
In your future total language skill training, it gets more challenging. But we know how to help you get there in each step.

Is there any age limit?2018-08-07T09:50:58+00:00

Not really.

Most of the tutors are DBS certified, however due to H&S, we can only offer private lessons at your own premise for all minor learners.

Can I learn with a colleague, a friend or my partner?2018-08-07T09:51:10+00:00

Can I learn with a colleague, a friend or my partner?

Yes, this is a good idea too. We call the 1 teacher 2 students training the diamond methods, there are so many benefits of learning with a partner, to create better engagement and motivation with a discounted price! All private lessons with 2-4 students will be charged at £30 per student per hour.

How long is a term?2018-08-09T09:49:27+00:00

Beginner courses have 10 lessons each term, other levels have 12 lessons each term. The regular courses will deliver 1 lesson per week, the intensive courses will deliver 2 lessons per week, mostly on Saturdays.

Can we do a demo lesson first?2018-08-08T13:04:21+00:00

Yes, sure!

Demo lesson is a good way to give your staff a taster experience, let them see what to expect, and for you to evaluate and decide. However, regular hourly rate will be applied.

When are your courses run?2018-08-09T09:50:13+00:00

We run group classes Monday to Thursday evenings between 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and all day Saturdays.

If the timing for our group classes do not suit you, you might like to consider private tutoring. We have tutors available any time, seven days a week.

Can students use the language after a term?2018-08-08T13:05:02+00:00

Absolutely. Our students will speak and use Mandarin for greeting from Day 1!

We take pride in seeing our students speaking the language at work or in life. Students will be given over 80% of the time to speak and practise in class. They can introduce and greet their colleagues in Mandarin after just 1 hour, and able to survive on a business trip to China after our Business Beginner Lite programme.

How is private tuition charged?2018-08-07T09:51:19+00:00

Our private lessons are charged by the hours you would like to book.

For lessons at your premises or our lounge or a public space, it is £55 per hour. For lessons at our Bank/Monument office, we will book a private meeting room for you, it is £60 per hour.

For bulk booking, we have good packages for you to choose from, please ask us for it.

Where are your two centers?2018-08-09T09:50:56+00:00

Our main center is in the City, close to Monument station by the river, where our head office team works from.

The other center is on Oxford Street, it’s within an English day school, where we rent their classrooms for evenings and weekends.

What happens if a student missed a lesson?2018-08-08T13:05:41+00:00

Not a big issue to worry about!

This happens from time to time due to work travels or personal holidays. Besides the materials we offer to students, there is a FREE phone app with all our learning content uploaded for the students to catch up and review at their own time.

What’s more, we are in the process of developing our E-learning platform, where video lessons will be uploaded for students.

How flexible is it?2018-08-07T09:51:25+00:00

We understand your busy schedule and therefore offers good flexibility to help.

Usually, we assign the teacher based on your primary available time for lessons, after organising the first lesson, we will leave it between you and your teacher to schedule in further lessons. Should you have changes in your schedule, you can contact your teacher to re-schedule the lesson.

Can I visit your center?2018-08-09T09:51:31+00:00

Yes, you can, but only at our City center during office hours please. Ideally with an appointment with us.

What happens if the group needs to reschedule?2018-08-08T13:06:32+00:00

We will try to be flexible for you. Usually corporate training is running on a weekly basis within an agreed period of time, however should your company has urgent needs to adjust the schedule, we will discuss with the tutor and postpone or reschedule the lesson, if possible, on such special occasion.

What is 24hr cancellation policy?2018-08-07T09:51:31+00:00

This is important, it’s to remind you of your arrangement and to protect the teacher’s time and productivity as a freelancer.

Once an appointment has been agreed between a tutor and student, any date or time change to that scheduled lesson time must be agreed with at least 24 hours notice. Lessons cancelled or postponed with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at full rate.

What is the price?2018-08-09T09:52:22+00:00

Our lessons are priced at £30 per two-hour lesson, each course is either 10 or 12 lessons, you do the math.

Advanced HSK 5 and 6, and Business classes are priced at £36 per two-hour lesson.

Is there any learning assessment?2018-08-08T13:07:13+00:00

Yes there is, in every programme you choose to study.

We have developed written test and oral test to carry out an assessment at the end of their study. This can also be customised for you as well, based on students’ progress and your package length.

What is validation period and what happens if I went over the period?2018-08-07T09:51:41+00:00

Just like all products, it has a shelf life.

Based on the number of your total booking and agreed lesson schedule, we will set an estimated deadline for you to take the lessons within the period. E.g. for a set of 12 2-hr lessons, if you were to have one lesson per week, then your validation period will be 14 weeks after your first lesson.

The valid period will be assigned on your invoice and on your teacher’s job assignment, any remaining lessons after the valid period might not be fulfilled by your teacher without refund.

Should your schedule changes which might require an extension, please do get in touch with us.

How can I pay?2018-08-09T09:52:57+00:00

We mostly accept payment online. If we invoice you, you can choose to pay with the E-invoice, or via bank transfer. If you would like to pay cash, we can accept that and give you back a payment receipt.

Would students get any certificate/qualification?2018-08-08T13:07:55+00:00

Yes they will.

We are a little celebrity in Mandarin language training in Europe, do you know that? Thompson Reuters has interviewed us to feature on the Chinese state TV channel, many other schools in China know about us, we even helped our student to get scholarship to study in Taiwan.

Therefore, our certificate is of significance to certify your learning achievements, should they pass the final test of course.

How do I pay?2018-08-07T09:51:48+00:00

Based on your booking, your private tuition fee will be invoiced to you.

As each student’s booking is different, there is no online payment available for private lessons. We will issue you a digital invoice for payment instead. You can pay with your card online securely and swiftly or pay via bank transfer.

Can I pay by lesson?2018-08-09T09:54:06+00:00

No, sorry. We can’t accept Pay-as-you-go. It’s a subscription modal, as language learning is not a one-off thing.

But we accept students to enroll during term-time, if their level is from Elementary onwards. Then you will only need to pay for the remaining lessons you will be taking.

Why Practical Mandarin?2018-08-08T13:08:45+00:00

Because we are good at what we do!

We don’t believe that anyone can speak Chinese can teach you Chinese.

We are the Mandarin Specialists working full time year on year to develop and improve how to teach students to speak this language easily and fluently.

Our training is offered at an affordable price, but we don’t discount any of our effort to deliver an excellent program. Our materials are developed with years of experience and practice.
Our teachers have average 4 years of teaching history. Not anyone who speaks Chinese can train you well! You got to choose the specialists!

Can I pay for each lesson one by one?2018-08-07T09:51:57+00:00

We cannot operate on pay-as-you-go. Your tuition will need to be paid upfront in one go.

This is to secure your teacher’s time and their productivity as a free lancer. You will assign your lessons to the teacher upon receiving your tuition fee.

Why Practical Mandarin?2018-08-07T09:52:08+00:00

Because we are good at what we do!

We don’t believe that anyone can speak Chinese can teach you Chinese.

We are the Mandarin Specialists working full-time year on year to develop and improve how to teach students to speak this language easily and fluently.

Our training is offered at an affordable price, but we don’t discount any of our effort to deliver an excellent program. Our materials are developed with years of experience and practice.
Our teachers have average 4 years of teaching history. Not anyone who speaks Chinese can train you well! You got to choose the specialists!

Can I take a trial lesson first?2018-08-09T09:54:44+00:00

Of course! You’re welcome to join any of our current classes (except for Entry Beginner Course) for a trial.

Do I need to pay for training material?2018-08-09T09:55:22+00:00

We are providing our in-house training material for FREE, which includes the lecture notes in PPT, worksheets and a Phone App.

Should I buy the textbooks?2018-08-09T09:55:58+00:00

Yes, we think you should. Textbooks are offered at a discounted price for our students, but you can also buy your own.

How big is the class?2018-08-09T10:30:53+00:00

Our beginner classes have only 4-8 students, while other levels could be 3-10.

Group classes of such size are the best way to get involved, get teacher feedbacks, at the same time big enough for you to interact with other classmates, and make some like-minded friends!

Who is the teacher?2018-08-09T10:29:39+00:00

Our teachers are native Mandarin speakers who hold a master or a PHD degree in Education, Linguistics, or cultural communication; who have average 3 years of teaching experience; who are Londoners with fluent English and multicultural awareness.

What if I miss a class?2018-08-09T09:57:41+00:00

We know sometimes life got in the way. So don’t worry, with any group classes that you missed you will be able to attend a FREE mark up lesson with a different group (subject to availability).

Alternative options would be private make up lessons via Skype or One to One, or home study with teaching material provided. What’s more, our online platform will be opened to students next year.

How long will it take to become fluent in Mandarin?2018-08-09T10:30:16+00:00

Good question! If you are taking a part-time learning approach with PM, we say 80 lessons upon completion of the Intermediate course to achieve daily fluency. That could be 80 weeks or shorter if you chose to start with intensive beginner courses.

For an independent speaker level of fluency, we say two years upon completion of Upper Intermediate course. Be a good student, and we will get you there!