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Mandarin Lessons

Postby shameenali » Wed, 06 Jul 2011 10:20 am

Hey Guys,
I am thinking of signing up for mandarin classes & have identified SCCIOB (http://www.scciob.edu.sg/) as a good place to go learn Mandarin. Would appreciate feedback from any one who have already maybe attended their courses. If you have any other centers that i could consider please do let me know. Heard that CC's also give classes but am not sure as to how good is the quality of education provided. Am already attending ACCA classes during the week so preferably week-end classes is what I would be looking for.
Thanks people! :)

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Re: Mandarin Lessons

Postby DimWit Kid » Sun, 10 Jul 2011 8:48 pm

shameenali wrote:Hey Guys,
I am thinking of signing up for mandarin classes & have identified SCCIOB (http://www.scciob.edu.sg/) as a good place to go learn Mandarin. Would appreciate feedback from any one who have already maybe attended their courses. If you have any other centers that i could consider please do let me know. Heard that CC's also give classes but am not sure as to how good is the quality of education provided. Am already attending ACCA classes during the week so preferably week-end classes is what I would be looking for.
Thanks people! :)


I used to go for their classes but imho they are now too commercialized and pay less and less attention to curriculum that ensures learning is fun, manageable, and useful. I have been in the transition time where due to "rising cost" they actually squeezed lessons that are supposed to be for 12 meet to only 10. Charge the same, use the same textbooks..
Even the teachers complained.
(I would probably still consider to continue if instead of cutting the meet for same curriculum to 10, they charged 10% more - but shortening the face to face in the name of "student learning themselves at home" while clearly the original curriculum - that's still used afterwards - was designed for 12 classroom meeting - is just missing the point (that is, of learning) completely)

Subsequently I considered taking the govt sponsored class but requirement to post (v expensive) bond and forfeit it when we can't attend turned me off... I travel waay to much to be sure I can attend more than 75% that time...

Caveat: this is experience from 2-3 years ago. May be different now - but you know - ask critical questions, ask to see the textbook, read about the curriculum and how it is designed, before forking out your money.

I am interested to see if there's other good alternative...

Okay


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