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DON’T STUDY CHINESE IN SHANGHAI – 5 REASONS TO PICK KUNMING INSTEAD

There are a lot of publications and schools in China where you can study Mandarin.

While many of them encourage you to learn Chinese in Shanghai, we’re here to tell you otherwise. You could pick to study Chinese in Shanghai, but the level of fluency you will achieve there will not match the level you will reach at Keats School.

Here’s Why.

1. SMALL CLASSES

At Keats School, you’re not only a student, you’re primarily a person. At larger schools or universities in Shanghai where you study Mandarin, study abroad students can often feel like a number in a large classroom.

We never want our students to feel any less than a valued student. We make sure to keep our classes small and listen to any and all of our students concerns. With personalized classes, your fluency matters. We will work with you one-on-one during intensive one-on-one classes to perfect your Mandarin language skills. If you’re struggling, we won’t continue until you’re confident.

If you study Mandarin in Shanghai in a large school, those moments won’t happen. This means your fluency will not grow because you’re not fully understanding the class before moving on to the next subject.

2. QUALIFIED TEACHERS

At Keats School, we only have the best Mandarin language teachers. Our teachers who speak standard Mandarin and English get professional training and unique teaching methods that we develop in-house.

These methods including the use of flashcards help our students reach the fluency they hope for when deciding to study Mandarin in China.

If you decide to study Chinese in Shanghai, you may have qualified teachers, but you may also be taught by teacher assistants who are not as highly qualified as our teachers.

Every two weeks we have a teaching conference to communicate the latest and efficient teaching methods. We go over teaching and student feedback and develop ways to improve our Mandarin teaching.

Keats School believes that the teaching quality is the fundamental element of being a successful Chinese language school. The Teaching Quality Team is responsible for checking teacher’s daily syllabus and lesson plan, and organizing teaching conferences every two weeks.

3. CUSTOMIZED LESSON

While you may be drawn to study Mandarin in Shanghai, we suggest you pick Kunming instead based on our customized study plans.

Since 2004, we’ve done our due diligence to create custom plans for each of our students. One of our teachers will sit with every student to talk about what goals and fluency they’d like to achieve while studying at Keats School.

This is something you may not get if you choose to study Mandarin in Shanghai at a larger school or university. The lessons would be based on the whole class, not your specific needs and wants.

4. ANYTIME START TIME

At bigger Chinese courses in Shanghai, they will have a certain start date. This isn’t the case when you decide to study Mandarin at Keats.

Keats School is open year-round, which means we have an anytime start date for intensive one-on-one Mandarin classes. You can study anytime according to your schedule.

5. KEATS SCHOOL IS ACCREDITED

Keats School is accredited by the Provincial Education Department and the Kunming Education Department.

The teaching quality of Keats School is checked by Chinese education department each year so that your studies at Keats can be guaranteed. If you are thinking of studying Mandarin in Shanghai, the place you are interested in may not be accredited. This would mean you would may not be satisfied with your learning and fluency at the end of the course.

Being accredited also means that we are legally eligible to help you with your Chinese visa.

TIME TO BUY YOUR TICKET

Kunming has seen an increase in popularity with study abroad students. People are realizing studying Mandarin in Shanghai may not be the best idea, but studying Mandarin in Kunming is.

If you haven’t made up your mind where to live when learning Chinese in China, Kunming should come up to the top of your list. To learn more about Kunming and Keats School, visit our blog.

If you’re ready to call Keats home, apply directly on our website. See you soon!

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Matteo | Italy

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David | Australia

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

It has been notable because I have met a lot of people who I met first time last year like me to come back to Keats this year. The teaching has been fantastic. The teachers carefully prepare each lesson. I think this one-on-one approach is really a great way perhaps anyway to rapidly increase your level of Chinese and increase your confidence and fluency with the language.

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Sully | France

Small Group Chinese Class

All my classmates stay together for one year and we improved so much! The teachers are all very great. They like to organize a lot of activities to help us learn Chinese.

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Du Wenyu | Netherlands

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

So during my first week at Keats, I didn’t dare to speak any Chinese words. I found out that my Chinese level quickly improved since then. Although I have many options to study in China, for example some other schools have homestay, I found I could immerse myself and fully focus on learning Chinese by staying at Keats.

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Richard | UK

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

This is my second time coming. Last year, I also came for about 12 weeks. This time I came for 13 weeks. The reason why I particularly want to come to this school was because of the one-on-one classes. I was able to increase my level and learn more quickly than group classes. If I have a chance again to come next year, I certainly will.

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Ben | USA

Small Group Chinese Class

My first semester that I studied at another school, and the pressure there was pretty high, the classroom hour was long, and the homework was pretty tedious. Since I came to Keats, I found I have a lot more opportunities to speak in the classroom. My classmates all are fluent and love speaking and participating in the class. We have great classroom dynamic.

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Martine | France

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I really enjoy this place because we have private lessons. I took the 6-hour program, 4 hours in the morning, 2 in the afternoon. Even though it is quite a lot, the teaching is complimentary. This is very helpful because I could review what I did before and learn new things. My 2 teachers are fantastic. We live in the school, so it is convenient. It is interesting to me to meet people from all over the world.

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Rients | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

Kunming is a great place to learn Chinese because not many Chinese on the street speak English. Keats has been a great school for me and a lot of other foreigners who studied in china recommended it to me. I think they are all right. The study method here is really structured. They make learning Chinese really easy. There are also a lot of cultural and natural places to visit.

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