Established in 2009 as a community for serious language learners in Beijing, Culture Yard is a language school and culture center based in a cozy hutong courtyard in central Beijing. As the winner of That’s Beijing “Best Mandarin Training Center” and “Best Chinese Culture Center,” the school is living up to its goal of providing a new, fresh approach to learning Chinese.
During class emphasis is placed on speaking and listening, thereby helping students to improve communication in Chinese. Furthermore, Culture Yard recognizes the importance of literacy in Chinese, and encourages students to learn characters through readings, homework, and Memrise competitions. Students also have midterm and final exams to measure progress. To maximize student talking time, group classes are kept between three to six people. By keeping class sizes small, Culture Yard helps to foster a friendly, energetic learning environment.
Private classes with Culture Yard are flexible and, to a degree, customizable. Students can work with their teachers to tailor the pace and focus of classes to their individual aims for language learning. Culture Yard’s group classes have much to offer as well. Part-time classes meet two or three times a week. Intensive classes meet daily and provide a fast-paced, stimulating courses for students. For those who are new to China, or just passing through, there is Survival Chinese, a crash course that combines classroom time and field trips to help students get by in Chinese. Survival Chinese topics include taking a taxi, ordering in a restaurant, going shopping, and making small talk.
Offering classes from the beginner level to HSK exam level 6 and beyond, Culture Yard’s aim is to spread a love of and excitement for Chinese. In addition to language courses, Culture Yard hosts cultural events and workshops, including movie nights, mahjong, and calligraphy.