The Sinology INSTITUTE
Best for: Lighting Fast Fluency
A stunning ancient hutong courtyard shaded by a vast central tree gives The Sinology Institute a calming, studious atmosphere. Jiao Yu, the principal, has a master’s in education and is clearly passionate about teaching Mandarin. His infectious energy and drive to educate inspires us and he has clearly put a lot of thought into the framework of his curriculum. We used adapted hand gestures to nail the tones, with the teacher telling us the colloquial pronunciation, and instead of struggling through writing hanzi, the homework utilizes Wechat and pinyin to write in Chinese digitally. The teacher can then check your work instantly—a 21st century update that’s a huge confidence booster. The lesson reworks traditional teaching based on research, and The Sinology Institute claim that where it usually takes upwards of 3,000 hours to become proficient in Chinese, their teaching methods can get you there in as little as 500.
“Years of research into language learning have shown that a structured approach will always yield the best results. We therefore advocate a proprietary teaching method based on Prof. Zhang Pengpeng's idea of separating speaking and listening (audio) from reading (visual) and writing (mechanical) skills. A language is the easiest to acquire via audio-based, then via visual and lastly via mechanical skills (e.g. a child first listens, then speaks, then reads or writes). By separating audio from visualmechanical, we acknowledge that it is easier to understand and speak Mandarin than to read and write it. Thereby, the studies of visual-mechanical skills will not slow down the studies of audio skills enabling students to progress at the most efficient pace.”
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