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LEARN CHINESE IN CHINA: WHY KEATS USES FLASHCARDS IN CLASS

Everyone has a tip for learning Chinese in China and ours is flashcards.

While everyone learns a new language differently, we know that the use of flashcards have been a rewarding way for students to learn Mandarin in China.

At Keats School, we use flashcards in our classes. Our teachers use the latest and professional teaching methods created and tested by the Keats team. We have seen unprecedented results when using our flashcards during one-on-one classes.

Here’s why.

FLASHCARDS ALLOW FOR CONFIDENCE-BASED REPETITION

One of the most important reasons we use flashcards at Keats School is because it allows for repetition.

Since flashcards are loose papers, you can add them into piles based on whether you need to study them again or in more depth. This confidence-based repetition is proven to be one of the best ways to improve memory performance.

Study a flashcard over and over, and then study the next one. When you go back to the first card, chances are you will remember what the card says.

FLASHCARDS ENGAGE ACTIVE RECALL

This continues from our first reason we use flashcards for students who learn Chinese in China.

Active recall is the principle of efficient learning. To learn better, you need to actively stimulate memory during the learning process. By repeating flashcards, a switch goes off in your brain, telling you to focus and pay attention to what’s on the flashcard.

This allows you to remember the flashcard and actively use what’s on the flashcard in real life.

This means, when you look at the front of a flashcard with the Mandarin character on it, you’re engaging active recall to figure out what the character is. But simply reading a textbook, you won’t be engaging in the active recall. Therefore it’s easier to forget.

Studies have shown that active recall creates strong neuron connections for memory.

USE OF IMAGES AND WORDS

Like we mentioned, everyone learns differently. With flashcards, we’re able to tailor the card to the best way you learn.

Adding images to our cards can make them a lot more memorable, allowing people to remember the word associated with the image.

A study called The Picture Superiority Effect shows that people remember imagery better than they remember words.

But don’t skip the wording altogether. Our brains are interesting because the mixture of pictures and words works better than just words or just pictures.

While you learn Mandarin in China, flashcards will be used in our Keats classroom. We also encourage all students to create their own flashcards for studying outside of classroom hours.

This will improve your Mandarin language skills even more, and you can study with other students too.

SAYING ANSWERS OUT LOUD

When we use flashcards at Keats to study Chinese in China students, we know that using our voices helps with language learning.

By using flashcards with someone else in the room (teacher and student or student and student), you’re using another way to learn Chinese; verbally.

When we have a student speak the answer on the card, the memory is getting engaged again while also working on pronunciation. A win-win!

LEARN MANDARIN IN CHINA AT KEATS

 

We’ve seen such great success with our teaching methods at Keats. Our students believe that their success in learning the language has to do with Keats teaching.

If you’re interested in applying to Keats and experiencing learning Mandarin through flashcards and other teaching techniques, apply online. If you have any questions, contact us today.

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Robert | Netherlands

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Since last semester, we started studying Chinese at Keats. It was the best choice we can ever make. It is a really good school. The classes are a lot of fun, you learn a lot, but very interactive, so you talk a lot which means it is not just books and writing. Kunming is a really pleasant city to live in, especially if you compare it to other cities in the east. If you like to travel, if you like to study Chinese in a fun way, Keats has the best Chinese language program for you.

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I have been to Keats School to learn Chinese for 4 times now. The reason for coming back to this school is pretty much that the teachers I did work with were very good Chinese teachers. I make it a 5-year plan or even a 10-year plan to come back to this school.  All the teachers have methods of looking at what your skills are. They are aware of at what level you are. I think it is worth for everyone.

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Sarah | USA

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My name is Sarah Fish. I am 81. I knew very little Chinese when I arrived. How was I going to survive 2 weeks of intensive Chinese course? I have to laugh when I think of that now. What a positive experience this has been! I really wish we could be here a little longer. The teachers are extremely encouraging, evaluating first how much someone knows, and then starting from there.

Viktor

Viktor | Switzerland

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My school is amazing. I recommend Keats School because it is a more convenient way to learn Chinese in Kunming.

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Richard | UK

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This is my second time coming. Last year, I also came for about 12 weeks. This time I came for 13 weeks of a summer program in China. 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 Chinese more quickly than in group classes. If I have a chance again to come next year, I certainly will.

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Simon | UK & France

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The visa application was really straightforward, because Keats School helps us a lot with that. Keats has a big emphasis on conversational practice, so we learn a lot of vocabulary and daily life plans which is very convenient for us to go around town and speak with Chinese people which is the whole point of learning Chinese in China.

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Stew | UK

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The place is very cool. I am with a great group of people in my class, so coming to classes is very enjoyable. It is fun, we have a lot of discussions, games, activities. Our teachers are also very good, very supportive. Learning Chinese is intimidating at the start because you have so many questions. But I would advise coming to Keats because the atmosphere for learning is great. It is very relaxing. I would recommend the school.

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Sylvia | USA

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One thing I really liked was that I was able to work with my teacher to make an individual plan of study. Another really nice thing is that you live at the school, you feel completely safe.  You always have a group of people who are willing to do things with you on the weekends or in the evenings. They are serving you all the 3 meals a day, the food was excellent.

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