Curriculum Delivery

Principle

We focus on developing practical communication skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing using only our own bespoke
study material, and syllabus, which are designed to allow students to make rapid progress. Our aim is that all our students can
express their own opinions in Chinese freely, precisely and confidently.

Unlike other language schools, and most university courses, our focus is not on seemingly endless context specific dialogues, with
quite independent, or even non-existent, study of Chinese culture. We believe that fluent communication is more readily achieved by
understanding the logic of native speakers’ thinking, which is shaped by China’s unique culture. Thus, each Mandarin course in
MasterChina not only teaches points of grammar, and vocabulary, but also integrates relevant cultural insights to speed up
understanding and improve students rate of retention. As well as these key principles, we stress the importance of frequent direct
interaction with teachers and local Chinese (living in China) to put student’s knowledge into practice, thereby building their confidence
in using the language. To help all students to “Master China”, we also like to use topical news stories in our teaching,
to simultaneously deliver cultural insights, while also forming part of each student’s language study.

We believe that all students deserve a customized course, which means a personalized study scheme focusing on each student’s
specific interests, concerns and objectives. This study scheme should be delivered by highly proficient teachers who can give
continuous instruction; anytime and anywhere. At MasterChina we make this promise to every student as standard.

Operation

Another point of difference between the typical operation of universities and other language schools is that we don’t define our courses
as beginner, intermediate or advanced level. Or rather, as per our innovative grammatical system, our levels set aims in terms of
communication skill: 1) Describe and Explain stage, 2) Comment and Discuss stage and 3) Analyze and Argue stage.
In each stage, students develop sufficient academic grammatical knowledge, and practical communication skills, to allow them to
master the communication objectives which are the focus of their current stage. Each stage is covered in a volume of our
unique Communication Chinese textbook series.
Each new stage requires students to have mastered the previous stage’s communication skill objectives, developing students
on a personal journey to proficiency. In this sense, our approach is quite systematic. By using our approach, our students have no need
for endless dialogues, and are soon expressing themselves clearly and confidently.

We teach each stage using an integrative set of listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises, formed into chapters, each based
around everyday situations. The exercises in each chapter build on what has gone before, and support each other, re-enforcing past
learning and expanding students’ understanding. Students are constantly challenged to demonstrate their expanding grasp of the language
though regular associated homework exercises.

Both English and Chinese will be used as needed, depending on what is being taught. Using English, in explaining Chinese grammar,
is the most obvious difference between classes in MasterChina and those in China’s universities. With a deep understanding of English
grammar, our teachers stress where there are similarities, which speed up learning, or fundamental differences which must be fully
understood and embraced to achieve fluency. Using this approach, students leverage their English proficiency to grasp Chinese much
faster, and find it much easier to remember what they have been taught; even though English and Chinese at first seem to be totally alien.
We offer both private and group classes. However, for the latter, we insist on a small class size, no larger than 6 students, for all our
in-house programs, so that we can ensure we deliver on our teaching principles.

As outlined, our integrated cultural study focuses on how Chinese thinking, and behavior, is influenced by the country’s history and
economic development. Besides specific lectures, Chinese cultural study is intentionally merged into each chapter’s study materials;
covering lifestyle, philosophy, social relationships and the economy.