Culture Yard Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I sign up?

Send us a message! You can apply by filling out this short form.

What platform do you use to teach?

Group classes are held live via Zoom. Private classes may be conducted via Zoom, WeChat Video call, or Skype.

Do you offer in-person courses?

Yes, you can also study in-person in our Beijing location.

What language is spoken in class?

We teach our courses mainly in Chinese. However, all our Chinese teachers can speak English.

What are your office hours?

We are online from 11:00am-17:00pm seven days a week.

Do you offer Chinese courses for students on all levels?

Yes, we offer courses from complete Beginner level to HSK 6 (the highest level for the national standardized Mandarin Chinese proficiency exam).

How does Culture Yard confirm my Chinese level?

Before your first class, you will take an online Chinese level evaluation. Your class level will be based on your test results.

Why are conversational courses more expensive than HSK courses?

In conversational classes, group sizes are smaller and you have more time to practice speaking and ask questions during class.

Do I get a certificate/diploma after my course?

You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of your course, which will show your level of Chinese and the dates and hours for which you have studied.

What teaching method does Culture Yard use?

In our HSK classes, teachers use in-house designed materials to take you through the vocabulary and grammar you need to pass the HSK exam. The course follows the HSK 标准教程 series. In our conversational classes, students learn through a communicative method of teaching. This means that classroom time is focused on using key language skills, improving tones, and character recognition. Classroom activities are structured so students can communicate in real-life scenarios as soon as possible. Private students can request to take a test every 30 hours to check their progress.

What teaching materials does Culture Yard use?

Culture Yard designs our own curriculum supported by PPTs created by our senior teachers. In addition, group courses follow the HSK Standard Course books from HSK levels 1-6. Private courses at the Beginner 1 through Pre-Intermediate 2 levels follow the Experiencing Chinese course book series, which focuses on the language you need for practical, real-life situations. Private courses at the HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6 courses follow the HSK Standard Course books. Private students at HSK levels 1-3 may also request to follow the HSK curriculum. We can provide the PDF version of the textbooks used. Alternatively, students may purchase a hard-copy of their textbook from an online retailer.

Will Culture Yard prepare me for any official exams?

Yes! Our HSK prep courses prepare you to take the HSK exam. We also offer mock exams at the end of each HSK course.

How do I register for the HSK?

You’re in luck! We have this comprehensive guide that will help you register for the exam. If you need assistance, we are happy to help.

Do you offer discounted prices and promotions?

Yes! We offer referral discounts -- refer a friend to study with us and you BOTH get a 100¥ voucher. We also offer a COVID19 discount -- all HSK group courses at just 50¥ per hour and all private courses are just 150¥ per hour. Follow us on WeChat or Facebook to see promotion announcements. Find us on Facebook by clicking here or scan the QR code below to follow us on WeChat:

What happens if I miss a group class?

Not to worry! The teacher records each lesson and can send you the recording after the class. If you watch the recording and want to go over the material with a teacher, you can book a private catch up lesson.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel or reschedule a private lesson, let us know 24 hours before the class time.

Can I try a class?

Yes! If you want to see what our teaching style is like, you can watch a recording of some of our previous classes on YouTube. You can also join our weekly free topic-based group class. In addition, if you want to try a private lesson, you can arrange a free 25-minute trial class by contacting our office.

How many students are in a class?

Conversational classes are between 3-6 people. HSK classes are between 4-8 people.

Is there homework?

Yes! To get the most out of classes, we recommend spending at least one hour doing homework and reviewing for every hour of class time.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept WeChat Pay, Alipay, PayPal, and international bank transfer.

Are there classes on my time zone?

We offer classes on different schedules to accommodate as many time zones as possible. Classes are scheduled according to China Standard Time (UTC +8).

Who will my teacher be?

The average Culture Yard teacher has over six years of experience teaching Chinese to foreigners. All of our teachers are native Chinese speakers. Culture Yard is not a tutoring service—we are a school and all of our teachers are directly employed by us.

Who will my classmates be?

Culture Yard students come from over 20 different countries worldwide. Our students come from all walks of life—we’ve taught college students, working professionals, and retirees! Our students have different motivations for studying Chinese, but what ties everyone together is that they are serious students passionate about learning Chinese!

When will my course start?

Beginner and intermediate-level group courses open regularly on a rolling basis with a minimum of three people. Advanced-level group courses open by request with a minimum of three people. HSK group courses require a minimum of four people.