I am looking for a private school that offers intensive courses about 3-4 hours a day, Monday to Friday. My goal is to learn to learn properly from the beginning - reading, writing, speaking and listening. I already speak okay conversational, but realised to progress I need to start from scratch!
A university or truly intensive programme is out, as I have two young children and can't be away all day. So that left private language schools!
A lot of other schools don't offer an intensive M-F programme, or weren't in a convenient location for me, so I have been looking for a school near ChaoYang Park, Lido or the CBD (only because I didn't find many in the first two areas!!)
There was a lot of information on http//www.chinese-forums.com
I have looked at the below, and am doing sample lessons at some, I will report back what I find in case others also want this information.
These don't do 5 days a week
These do 11 only, and don't really have group classes except rarely
TLI focuses on 11 - 110 per hour
BLI http//www.blichina.com/ focuses on 11 - 180 per hour
Cheapest to more Expensive
Mostly Korean students, apparently super cheap and very flexible, but I don't think it is suitable for me at the moment. Check http//www.chinese-forums.com for lots of info on this school
1200 per month for 4 hours a day, they use Spoken Chinese as their text book and do the first book in the first 3 months term, I like that the students are very international (not all English speakers)
30 rmb an hour for group class, 75 rmb an hour for 11, they also use Spoken Chinese as their text book
unfortunate name, but interesting teaching method, one branch in JianWai SoHo, 8 weeks is 10,000, 18 weeks is 19,980. 2 hours of group and 1 1.2 hours of 11 per day
They have 2 hours of spoken/listening based on Spoken Chinese then 2 hours of reading/writing based on New Practical Chinese Reader. 10,800 for 12 weeks. A friend goes here and likes it, she also said the students at the SoHo branch are very motivated to learn.
Are expensive as well and don't do sample classes - almost 4,800 a month with discounts if you book a longer period of time, but they have had good reviews from a freind of mine. They use New Practical Chinese Reader as their text
ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS/EXPERIENCE OUT THERE TO SHARE???
Ideally, I would like a school in this area, that uses New Practical Chinese Reader as their text, and doesn't cost something crazy... but it seems the cheaper schools use Spoken Chinese and the more expensive ones use New Practical Chinese Reader... at least so far... the search goes on!