General Adult Course

General Adult Course

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Courses Info

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We bring your Mandarin learning to LIVE™

  • We create real LIFE SITUATIONS, based on our students’ daily experiences
  • We ROLE PLAY our routine interactions, using real conversations
  • Our teachers INTERACT with our students, providing constructive feedback and guidance on pronunciation

Live MandarinTM Core

The Live Mandarin™ Core is the foundation of our teaching methods, and of which all our programs were designed. This program has been proven to help our students reach their goals and move to higher levels of Mandarin proficiency.

The course features 15 modules, taught in five stages. Each module includes 20 hours of instruction. In small groups of 2-5, students practice speaking and interacting in relevant life situations. One of our teachers guides the exercise, providing meaningful critiques and suggestions.

Students enjoy our classes because they are lively, with a lot of conversation, and because our teachers are friendly and patient. Our students are motivated to learn more because they see results.

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Survival Level (M1, M2, M3, Total 60 hours)

Goal: to establish a solid foundation in Chinese phonics (pinyin) and tones; learn the most commonly used sentences and phrases; easily “get around” in a Mandarin-speaking environment

Save $50 (registration fee) when you book 2 weeks in advance. Please note the start dates for each Module.

Functional Level (M4, M5, M6, Total 60 hours)

Goal: to converse in Mandarin with more confidence and ease. Our focus will be on personal and professional situations – learning to communicate basic social and routine needs; read simple passages, basic character recognition.

Save $50 (registration fee) when you book 2 weeks in advance.

Please click HERE to request information on our Module start dates.

Intermediate Level (M7, M8, M9, Total 60 hours)

Goal: to communicate effectively in more complex and demanding situations; to comfortably converse over the phone, regardless of subject matter; to easily participate in social and professional conversations; to be able to use various ways to express a thought.

Save $50 (registration fee) when you book 2 weeks in advance.

Please click HERE to request information on our Module start dates.

Advanced Levels (M10, M11, M12, Total 60 hours)

Goal: to effectively communicate with various audiences on a wide range of topics; to be able to make presentations and give public speeches; read simple passages of 800-1200 characters.

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Professional Level (M13, M14, M15, Total 60 hours)

Goal: to communicate fluently in all situations and in varied subject matter; to have a large vocabulary; develop ideas and speeches clearly and coherently.

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Meng Li
Ph.D., M.Ed
 Meng graduated with a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature Education from Beijing Capital Normal University. She also received an M. Ed. from Brock University, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Saskatchewan. Meng was a successful language arts teacher in a well-known middle school in Beijing and won many teaching awards. She was also a writer and won the "Best New Writer of the Year" in Beijing. Meng has been teaching Mandarin as a foreign language in Canada for more than 10 years. She emphasizes the importance of students' learning interests and encourages students to practice their Mandarin skills in the real life. Meng also holds the highest level certificate of the "National Proficiency Test of Mandarin" so she is very good at helping students with their pronunciation.
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Theresa Fu
M.Ed, TCFL
 Theresa has two Master's Degrees in Language Education (Department of Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language at Jinan University and Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, at University of Toronto). She acquired more than three years experience teaching adults, university students and school-aged students in both China and Philippines. She is enthusiastic about exploring various teaching methods and incorporates the students’ interests, needs and abilities, into her lesson plans. As a big fan of Chinese calligraphy, painting, and paper-cutting, Theresa often introduces these traditional activities, which makes the lessons fun and interesting.
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Chloe Qian
M.Ed
Chloe studied Education in three different countries and has a Master's Degree in Education from University of Saskatchewan. She is very enthusiastic about teaching Mandarin as a second language, which she started teaching when she was a graduate student. Chloe is a very passionate teacher and is mastering her skills at designing individualized and group-learning programs for students of different ethnic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She has taught students from more than 20 different countries.
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Sylvia Sun
M.Ed, TCFL
Sylvia is a certified Mandarin teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Literature and received certification for teaching Chinese as a Second Language, from the well-known Beijing Language and Culture University.She also completed her Master's Degree in Education from OISE, University of Toronto. Sylvia is energetic and passionate about teaching Chinese in a western cultural context. She has taught many students of diverse backgrounds.
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Gaolan Ouyang
B.Ed, TCFL
Gaolan is a certified Mandarin teacher from the International Society of Chinese Language Pedagogy. She also graduated from Beijing Capital Normal University in Beijing and taught Mandarin to students of diverse backgrounds for more than 12 years. Gaolan has a thorough understanding of how students learn in today’s classroom and as a result, she is willing to challenge traditional teaching methods in order to engage students and get them learning Mandarin in a fun learning environment.
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Lauren Fang Liu
M.Ed, TCFL
Lauren obtained her Master's Degree in Education at OISE, University of Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Linguistics from Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). Lauren is an energetic and fun teacher. As a foreign language teaching practitioner-researcher, she acquired knowledge of the latest theories and research findings that can assist with teaching a second language. She uses this knowledge to understand her students' learning styles and needs. She was also an editor with World Journal of Education and Journal of Curriculum and Teaching.

Weekday Evening Class: 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • Monday & Wednesday (twice a week, complete one Module in 5 weeks)
  • Tuesday & Thursday (twice a week, complete one Module in 5 weeks)
  • Wednesday only (once a week class, complete one Module in 10 weeks)

Weekday Daytime Class : 10:00am-12:00pm

  • Wednesday morning (once a week, complete one Module in 10 weeks)

Weekend Morning Class: 9:30am-12:30pm

  • Saturday morning (once a week, complete one Module in 7 weeks)
  • Sunday morning (once a week, complete one Module in 7 weeks)

Weekend Afternoon Class:1:00pm-4:00pm

  • Saturday afternoon (once a week, complete one Module in 7 weeks)
  • Sunday afternoon (once a week, complete one Module in 7 weeks)

*One-on-one private lessons and semi-private lessons are available upon request. Talk to us about your schedule.

*A customized lesson plan can be designed for a specific profession and industry, for example: banking/investment, real estate, accounting/finance, legal, etc. Talk to us about the additional fee for this added feature and to arrange classes.

*Please consult us for class availability at info@torontomandarinschool.com, an appointment with our supervisor is recommended.

Please click HERE to request information about class availability or to book an appointment with a representative.

Small Group: 3-5 students in a group

  • $399/module, 20 hours instruction
  • $999/level, 60 hours instruction
  • Save $200 for registering three modules (full level) at one time

Semi-Private Lesson: 2 students

  • $699/module (per person), 20 hours instruction
  • $1899/level (per person), 60 hours instruction
  • Save $200 for registering three modules (full level) at one time

Individual Lesson: one-on-one

  • $999/module, 20 hours instruction
  • $2699/level , 60 hours instruction
  • Save $300 for registering three modules (full level) at one time

*All classes are subject to the following fees:

1. Book & CD/DVD and other course materials: $50 per level (can be used for three modules)
2. Government tax (HST)
3. A course design fee ($150) will be charged to students requesting a customized curriculum, i.e. lessons tailored to a specific profession and/or industry, such as banking/investment, real estate, accounting/finance, legal, etc.

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