Study Chinese in a small group, at a time that’s convenient for you. LTL Mandarin School offers morning, evening and weekend small group Chinese classes for part time students. As with all our courses, you are guaranteed a fully-certified teacher, an interactive curriculum and a focus on making sure you enjoy your time learning Chinese. LTL students also get free access to study advice from our Student Advisors, the LTL Online Chinese Kit, weekly social and cultural activities and HSK registration support.

If you’re looking for something more intensive, you may be interested in our full time Chinese courses or the unique LTL Immersion Program.

Full Time - Group Classes

  • Certified & professional teachers
  • Have fun studying with others
  • Average of three students per class
  • Maximum of six students per class
  • Convenient school location
  • Fully certified teachers
  • Outstanding Chinese Teaching

    Outstanding Chinese Teaching

    Certified: Professional and experienced Chinese Teachers
    Enjoy studying: Interactive teaching and fun classes
    Small Groups: Average of three, maximum of six students per class
    Location: Next to Yongkang Lu, 300m to Shanxi South St (Lines 1, 2 & 12)

  • In a Group, yet Flexible

    In a Group, yet Flexible

    Choose your course: Morning, evening & weekend programs available
    Flexible durations: Study Mandarin for anything from 6 to 24 weeks
    Intensive courses: Add additional private classes to your course
    Easy sign up: Call us today to start studying tomorrow

  • Affordable


    Great value: Fair prices and generous discounts for longer durations
    Transparency: No hidden fees
    1-on-1 assessment: FREE Chinese level assessment & study plan

    The LTL Online Chinese Kit: FREE for all LTL students

  • Shanghai’s Best Mandarin School

    Shanghai’s Best Mandarin School

    Personal support: Let our foreign management team help you learn Chinese
    Make Friends: Join our school’s weekly dinners, after class drinks or trips for free
    HSK Exam Center: LTL is a registered HSK test center
    Proven quality: Accredited by the Chinese, German & Swedish governments

Chinese Language Groups

Classes are taught at the LTL Shanghai campus next to Yongkang Lu and 300 meters from Shanxi South St. Subway station (lines 1, 10 and 12). The average class size is three students and we guarantee there will never be more than six students per class. Before you start your program we will do a free assessment of your current Mandarin level, either at our school in downtown Shanghai or via WeChat/Skype. If you are already in China, you can book your course today and start your course as soon as tomorrow.

Starting Dates

Evening Classes Morning Classes Weekend Classes
Start Date Jan. 30, 2018 Feb. 6, 2018 Feb. 3, 2018
Level A0, A1, A2, B1 A0, A1, A2, B1 A0, A1, A2, B1
Schedule Every Tuesday & Thursday Every Tuesday & Thursday Saturday
Time 7 – 8:30pm 8 – 9:30am 9 – 12pm
Duration 3 hours/week
Length of Course 6, 8, 10, 12 or 24 weeks

It is possible to sign up for a class at any time, subject to availability. Contact us now to book your place, or organise a free language assessment to determine which class would be most suitable for you.


Length of Course Total Price (CNY)
6 weeks 1,530
8 weeks 1,920
10 weeks 2,250
12 weeks 2,520
24 weeks 5,040

A 200 CNY deposit is required to reserve your place in a group, which students can pay either in person at our Shanghai school, or via WeChat Pay / Alipay. The remaining payment is only due on the first day of class.

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How many students are there in a class?

On average an LTL group class has three students per teacher, and guaranteed never more than six.

Is it ok to cancel a class?

If you cannot make it to class that is OK. Just let your teacher know and you will be told which materials were covered, so that if you have time, you can go through them yourself before the next class.

Why do group levels only work well up to intermediate Chinese?

At the beginning students tend to all be at a similar level in all aspects of the language, i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing. The more advanced students are, the bigger the differences get. Someone who lived in Shanghai for many years and can express themselves very efficiently might know almost no characters at all. Another student who studied at university abroad might know hundreds of characters, but has almost no experience in speaking Chinese at all. Then there are students with Japanese language backgrounds who know almost 2000 Chinese characters without ever having studied Mandarin – because those characters are used in Japanese too! So even with the small group sizes at LTL, an advanced group class is almost always either too difficult or too easy for some of the students.

How will I be placed in a group?

Before you start your classes, our Director of Studies will do an informal assessment with you – either in person or via Skype/phone/WeChat. Based on this assessment you will be assigned to the most suitable group.

Will I study both spoken Mandarin and Chinese characters?

While the focus of LTL group classes is on quick progress in spoken Chinese, characters are used and taught throughout the course. The main aim is reading and character recognition rather than writing, because hand writing is not really needed in modern day China. If you want to only study spoken Chinese, you might want to have a look at the Spoken Chinese Only Program; if, however, you want to work on your characters then a better option would be to take individual Chinese classes.

Other Part Time Courses

  • Part Time 1-on-1 Classes

    Part Time

    Learn Chinese in Shanghai quickly with a private LTL Chinese tutor. Our teachers are not only government certified Mandarin teachers with many years of teaching experience, but are also professional language instructors and speak English.

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