With the rapid growth in the economic and political power of China and accelerating Chinese investment overseas, many professionals and entrepreneurs are realizing that speaking Mandarin Chinese is becoming a very strategic skill.
The Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Cameron agreed to establish a £200 million R&D fund to foster scientific collaboration between China and the UK. The surge in Chinese investment is yielding numerous work opportunities in the UK where facility in Mandarin is a distinct advantage.
We provide tailor-made Chinese courses to individual professionals in finance & banking, law, healthcare, entertainment, fashion, architecture, engineering and computer science, and many other fields. Our intelligent and modern course design focuses on your objectives. It ranges from tailor-made Mandarin lessons to business consulting such as business presentations in Mandarin, interviewing and real projects in finance and accounting. The content of each teaching programme for each student is personalized to accommodate the specific objective’s lifestyle, time constraints and learning pace of the particular student.
We are also expert at designing unique courses for speakers of Cantonese, Hakka and those with a Chinese background and who have grown up abroad. With the basic grasp of Chinese word order and basic grammar, students will make progress quickly with the help of our experienced teachers.
The times and locations for courses can be arranged on a flexible base.
- Qualified and certified by the IPA (International Profession Certification Association), ICA (International Chinese Language Teachers Association) or an equivalent degree such as TCSOL (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language)All our teachers are qualified and certified by authoritative organisations such as IPA (International Profession Certification Association), ICA (International Chinese Language Teachers Association) or equivalent degree of TCSOL (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language).
- Professional and entertaining
- Speak standard Mandarin with the National Putonghua Proficiency Test (PSC) Level 1B and aboveAll of our teachers speak Standard Mandarin with the National Putonghua Proficiency Test (PSC) Level 1B and above. The PSC has become the statutory test of Putonghua competence by its inclusion in PRC Law since 2000. It is classified into 3 levels and 6 grades. Level 1A is the highest score (97%-100%). Attainment of Level 2A is required to qualify as an instructor in Chinese and Level 3A as a civil servant. The following list gives you a better idea of the detailed classification of Standard Mandarin.
|Levels and Grades||Scores and Level Descriptions||Regulations on the minimum level of Mandarin for specific professions|
|Level 1A||Correct pronunciation in oral reading and free conversation, using correct vocabulary and grammar, correct and natural intonation with fluent expression. Error less than 3%.||National and provincial radio and television announcers, programme hosts|
|Level 1B||Correct pronunciation in oral reading and free conversation, using correct vocabulary and grammar, correct and natural intonation with fluent expression. Occasional mistakes with pronunciation and tones. Error less than 8%.||
|Level 2A||Correct pronunciation in oral reading and free conversation with a naturally fluent intonation. Rare mistakes with difficult sound (nasal sound, etc.). Rare mistakes in vocabulary and grammar. Error less than 13%.||
|Level 2B||Occasional mistakes in oral reading and conversation lack of accuracy with specific tone, vowels and consonants. No obvious dialect accent but occasional use of dialect words and grammar. Error less than 20%.||
|Level 3A||A number of mistakes with vowels and consonants in oral reading and conversation Obvious dialect accent. Vocabulary, grammar mistakes. Error less than 30%.||Teachers at Colleges and Universities; National civil servants|
|Level 3B||Frequent mistakes with vowels and consonants in oral reading and conversation Obvious dialect accent. Communication difficulty with people from other regions because of a strong dialect accent. Error less than 40%.||Others|
- MultilingualWe can also teach Mandarin to non-English speaking students. Our multilingual teachers deliver Mandarin lessons not only in English, but also in many other languages including French, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese and Japanese.