Overview

Learning Chinese in a small group is a great way to get quality teaching for a really attractive price. At LTL we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, since every student who comes to Shanghai to learn Chinese with us is different.

We therefore keep our groups small, with a maximum of 6 students per class and an average of 3. That way everyone gets the chance to practice their pronunciation and ask questions – every lesson, every day. In such a tight-knit group you’re also sure to quickly build friendships with your fellow classmates.

  • Small Groups (max. 6 people)
  • Certified Teachers
  • Academic Curriculum
  • Interactive Lessons
  • Monthly Start Dates
  • Central Shanghai Location
  • Make Rapid Progress

    Make Rapid Progress

    Max. 6 students per class: Each student gets individual attention and practice

    Expert teachers: Our teachers have dedicated their careers to teaching Chinese

    Modern teaching methods: Lessons are centred around gaining fluency

    Start from your current level: Free language assessment and streamed classes

  • Experience Shanghai

    Experience Shanghai

    Historic area: Live and breathe beautiful Shanghai's history

    Convenient location: Only 5 mins walk from the subway, shops and bars

    Live with locals: Stay in a homestay with a local Chinese family

    Expert guides: Let us introduce you to the city we call home

  • Get Value For Money

    Get Value For Money

    Get what you pay for: Each and every class is 55 minutes long, and no less

    No hidden fees: Even your textbook is included in the tuition price

    Learn more in less time: High-quality teaching = less time in the classroom

  • Become Part Of A Community

    Become Part Of A Community

    Diverse student body: Students of all ages and nationalities study together

    Daily Lunch Club: Every day we share food from a different local restaurant

    Weekly Social Calendar: Join us for a karaoke night or a weekend day trip

Start Dates

Already know some Mandarin Chinese? You can start on any Monday of the year.

Our language programs are super flexible. You can sign up for classes for any length of time, whether you want to study for one week or one year.

We ask that complete beginners start their Small Group program on one of our beginners’ start dates, as listed below. Here are the beginners’ start dates for 2017 and 2018:

  • August 21, 2017
  • September 11, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • October 30, 2017
  • November 20, 2017
  • December 11, 2017
  • January 8, 2018
  • February 5, 2018
  • March 5, 2018
  • March 26, 2018
  • April 16, 2018
  • May 7, 2018
  • May 28, 2018
  • June 25, 2018
  • July 9, 2018
  • July 23, 2018
  • August 6, 2018
  • August 20, 2018
  • September 3, 2018
  • September 17, 2018
  • October 8, 2018
  • November 5, 2018
  • November 26, 2018
  • December 17, 2018

Pricing

Below are the tuition prices in Chinese New Yuan (CNY) for some sample durations of the Standard and the Intensive LTL Small Group programs. All prices include your textbook and learning materials.

As you can see, the longer your course, the greater the discount on the base tuition price – up until 12 weeks, after which the minimum rate applies. For alternative durations and prices in other currencies, please contact us.

NUMBER OF WEEKS 1 2 4 8 12 > 12
PERCENTAGE DISCOUNT 0% 4% 17% 24% 30% 30%
STANDARD COURSE
Small Group 20h / week
2322 4442 7673 14,054 19,385 +1615
INTENSIVE COURSE
Small group 20h / week
+ 1-on-1  10h / week
4644 8885 12,115 15,346 28,108 38,769
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What Our Students Say

James Chung Testimony for LTL
James Chung
San Francisco, USA

I was doing small group classes. I was able to cover a lot of material in my short stay, learning new material in the morning and then applying and seeing how it was used in the afternoon.

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James Chung Testimony for LTL
James Chung
San Francisco, USA

I was looking for a short term language program in Shanghai. I researched LTL as well as some other school. LTL had good reviews, and the starting date and location fit well with my needs.

James playing Jenga in Shanghai

James playing Jenga in Shanghai

Before doing my language course in Shanghai I traveled to Beijing on my own. I was concerned about getting lost, getting ripped off and so on, but none of that happened. By the time I arrived in Shanghai I was already more confident about moving about in China. Shanghai was more diverse and more developed than I expected.

I was doing small group classes. I was able to cover a lot of material in my short stay, learning new material in the morning and then applying and seeing how it was used in the afternoon. The latter part of the day was tougher because of this, but very rewarding. My teachers, Amanda and Gina were both very knowledgeable and patient with me even though I had some problems with reading and characters.

If I have the opportunity in the future, I would like to come back to LTL.

Zerje Testimony for LTL
Zerje
London, UK

The classes I had, Small Group classes, were all good. I liked the classrooms, which were clean and bright. The teachers explained the Chinese characters well.

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Zerje Testimony for LTL
Zerje
London, UK
Zerje and classmates at a Korean BBQ dinner

Zerje and classmates at a Korean BBQ dinner

I decided to come to LTL because the classes were smaller and more flexible than learning at a university, which I was also considering at the time. I looked at online reviews and found that LTL had a good reputation.

The classes I had, Small Group classes, were all good. I liked the classrooms, which were clean and bright. The teachers explained the Chinese characters well. The classes were sometimes strenuous, as we were forced to remember how to write, but overall there was a good balance between reading, writing, listening and conversation.

I liked that the school also offered various deals and discounts on Chinese learning apps which will make future learning easier.

Joel Gallo Testimony for LTL
Joel Gallo
New York City, USA

My Small Group class was taught by two different teachers. Both were very good, and I really liked them. By their attitude and energy level, you can just tell they are passionate about it.

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Joel Gallo Testimony for LTL
Joel Gallo
New York City, USA

I have been to China 5 time already before joining LTL. I like Shanghai, and wanted to come again to establish business contacts. I searched online for a language school, and came across LTL. The starting dates fit perfectly with my schedule. The website had a lot of information and it was obvious that LTL has existed for a number of years.

LTL Weekend trip to Suzhou

LTL Weekend trip to Suzhou

Airport pick-up went smooth. My accommodation which was a small room in a shared apartment was fine. It was in a great location and the building was a high rise which gave a great view of the city. I could even see the Pudong skyline. As it was a shared apartment with seven people in total there were some disagreements here and there but nothing major. I was happy that the room had its own AC unit and large windows, which was great. The apartment had a washing machine and a balcony which I appreciated.

As for classes, my Small Group class was taught by two different teachers. Both were very good, and I really liked them. By their attitude and energy level, you can just tell they are passionate about it. I loved learning with them, they really know how to encourage people. I can say nothing but great things.

I will continue learning Chinese back home, and I also already plan to come back to LTL again!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a Small Group for my level?

Small Group classes for complete beginners start at least once a month on the start dates listed above. If you’ve studied some Mandarin Chinese before,  you’ll get a personal language assessment with our Director of Studies before your arrival. You’ll then be assigned to the appropriate group for your level.

How much will I learn?

The amount of progress you will make obviously depends on how hardworking you are, and how you choose to spend your time in Shanghai outside of the classroom. From experience, those who stay in an LTL homestay with a local family will gain oral fluency more quickly than those who live with other foreigners. But as a general guideline, a student on the Small Group program could expect to reach at least HSK 2 level after 8 weeks, if not HSK 3.

How can I apply?

Simply click here to contact a Student Advisor directly!

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