The Si­nol­ogy IN­STI­TUTE

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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.

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“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.”

Find it: Shuangsi Hu­tong, 8中国北京市西城区双寺胡同8号100009, 64000905, ad­mis­sions@sinol­o­gyin­sti­tute.com www.sinol­o­gyin­sti­tute.com

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