I found LTL Mandarin School on Google. I was looking for schools that provide short term Chinese classes. I didn’t do a lot of research, LTL might be the first that I’ve come across that provides flexible enrolment with an adjustable program. Next to that I was also enthusiastic about the homestay option.
Accommodation was good. The family was very welcoming!
The teachers were very nice and I found the program very useful. Especially when it comes to practicing grammar patterns and learning about differences when to use a word adj/verb, negative/positive, informal/formal whatever. I’ve found this pretty hard to grasp when studying on my own. For me, listening needed a lot of practice so the more Chinese the better. My biggest tip would be to slow down first instead of switching to English.
The environment at LTL was very good. Although I solely chose LTL for the Chinese courses, I do think the events were a nice addition to the program!
Next to points mentioned in earlier survey. Sometimes I would ask about how to say certain things in situations I encountered outside the school. Maybe incorporate these daily situations in the classes, e.g. students in home stay families probably encounter similiar things. I’m talking about different speaking exercises to mix things up. The book we used was fine though. Furthermore, some teachers would continue speaking Chinese outside of class, personally I really liked this. For cultural exchange/gap year students this might be less important. The tip would be to even more adjust this to the student’s need.
I’m planning to come back to LTL maybe in a year (and a half) or so. As I still need lessons by then, Chengde would be the first thing that would come to mind.