Our Teaching Faculty in Beijing
When hiring our teachers we are very picky. We pay well and our teachers stay with us for a long time. It is not easy to join the LTL teaching team, however once you are in you usually stay for a very long time. All Chinese instructors at LTL hold a university degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at least at the Bachelor level. A lot of our teachers additionally gained a Masters or Phd in Chinese language education or were specifically trained as pedagogues. We have very strict hiring criteria and before someone can apply as a teacher at LTL Beijing they are required to show extensive successful teaching experience at other institutions. Our teachers usually previously taught Mandarin as professors or university lecturer, were top performing instructors at other language schools in Beijing or worked as school teachers at Mandarin schools outside China. Many also became scholars in Teaching Mandarin as a Foreign Language – which in Mandarin is called 对外汉语 – regularly publish in academic journals and today train others in teaching Mandarin.
Why does it matter?
Many people seem to think if you know a language you can teach that language. We whole heartedly disagree with this. Being a real teacher is a skill. Many would even say a calling that is very difficult to obtain. Being a successful teacher requires a lot of time and an exceptional personality. A real educator motivates a student every day, while demanding discipline when required, ensures a focus on the areas that matter and guides you to your aims in the fastest possible way. Choosing LTL where teachers are not only qualified to do this but also hold a good position that offers benefits like social insurance, regular training, maternity leave and much more. However, if your aim is to learn Mandarin, the time (and money) you save by simply getting there so much faster, is in our opinion more than worth it.