Overview

Learn Chinese in Beijing while living with a homestay family at a discounted price for teaching them six hours of English per week. This is a great option if you are on a budget, but still want a homestay experience. You will have your own room, including half board and the whole family experience.

A teach English homestay gives you the opportunity to live with a Chinese family and save money while studying Mandarin. Teaching six hours of English per week at home still allows plenty of time for exploring Beijing and working on your Mandarin skills.

Teach English homestays are especially popular at LTL Mandarin School Shanghai, but can also be offered in Beijing.

  • Live with a Chinese family
  • Teach English in China
  • Study Mandarin at LTL School
  • Save money
  • Includes breakfast and dinner
  • All bills & WIFI included
  • Live with a family

    Live with a family

    Home - the warm fuzzy feeling of living with a real family
    Culture - experience Chinese culture first hand
    Food - amazing home cooked Chinese food every day
    Social - get connected with Chinese society and make local friends

  • The English teaching

    The English teaching

    Six hours - teach six hours of English per week to a family member
    Class times - you will tutor English on weekends or after school
    English level - you need to be a native or highly proficient English speaker
    The teaching - you don’t need to hold a teaching qualification

  • The apartments

    The apartments

    Own room - you will have your own private room
    Modern - you will be living in a modern Chinese apartment
    All inclusive - prices include WIFI, heating, air con and all other bills
    Distance - teach English homestays are a bit further away from school

  • Learn Mandarin

    Learn Mandarin

    Practice - use what you learned during your Chinese classes at home
    Your Chinese course - study small group or individual Mandarin lessons
    Take the HSK - challenge yourself and proof your Chinese level for work
    One student - one family: you will be the only guest in the family

The English Teaching

You will be given a weekly schedule when to teach. This will of course always be outside your own class times. However, it also means that you might have to adjust some of your after school and weekend plans a bit to fit the teaching schedule. If your student agrees it can be possible to adjust the teaching times, but this depends on your student’s availability and you will have to be a bit flexible. All classes will be taught at your homestay family and you don’t need to prepare any materials in advance. Whom you will teach will depend on the family, but quite often it is a child or teenager that needs additional support for it’s English classes.

Differences to Normal Homestays

Teach English homestays can sometimes be a bit further away from school – up to an hour travel time – than normal LTL homestays. Also there will always be at least one family member who has some kind of motivation to learn English. This means that while you are of course never obliged to speak English outside of teaching hours, it might not as ideal a Chinese language immersion environment compared to a normal homestay.

If you enjoy teaching English and/or are on a very tight budget this is a great option. For the fastest Mandarin learning progress however, a normal homestay or Chinese immersion program is more effective.

Prices

Like all LTL Chinese courses and accommodation options you can book a Teach English Homestay for any duration you want, including before or after your Chinese course in Beijing. Below are some popular sample durations, please check our Chinese courses and accommodation pricing PDF for all LTL prices.

Duration Price in CNY
1 week 1,443
2 weeks 2,665
3 weeks 3,664
4 weeks 4,441
5 weeks 5,448
6 weeks 6,412
7 weeks 7,335
8 weeks 8,217
9 weeks 9,056
10  weeks 9,854
11 weeks 10,611
12 weeks 11,325
13-52 wks 944 / wk
extra night 240 / night

Includes

  • Your private room, with desk and wardrobe
  • All bills, including heating, air-con and WIFI
  • Half board: breakfast and dinner included
  • Maximum one hour travel time to the school – often less
  • Living with a real Chinese family
  • Opportunity to learn how to teach English

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the first week work?

With the jet lag, new culture and different language the first few days in Beijing can sometimes be quite intense. Your family might postpone your first few hours of teaching English until you are more settled in. However, please make sure that you do make up all these classes as soon as possible and you might have to adjust your after school activities time table a bit for this.

How will I get to school?

Your family will show you the way to school on the first day.

Should I bring a present?

While you of course do not have to, bringing a present from your home country is always a good way to start the relationship. Anything that is special about your home country and cannot easily be bought in China, like souvenirs or food can be a good idea.

Will there be enough food?

Oh yes there will be! Our homestay families are known for their large portions and delicious food. Be ready to miss and crave for real homemade Chinese food for many years after you returned home.

How much English do I need to know?

You need to either be a native speaker or a very fluent English learner. We will assess your English level before accepting you into the program. If you are not certain whether you are a very high level English speaker then we suggest to look into other accommodation options.

Will I be able to speak Mandarin at home?

Yes of course you will. The normal language of communication in any Chinese home in Beijing of course is Mandarin. As there is at least one family member trying to learn English though, you will not be as completely immersed into the Chinese language as you would with a normal homestay.

How will I do my laundry?

There will be a laundry machine at the homestay which you can use. Sometimes the family might do your laundry for you as well.

When do Chinese families usually eat dinner?

Normal dinner time in China is between 6:30 and 7pm. Usually a meal will consist of several meat and vegetable dishes, rice or noodles and there will always be plenty to eat.

Do I need to bring my own bed sheets?

Linen and bed sheets will be provided by the family. Unless you have some specific products or brands you need, there is really no need for you to bring any of these things with you. You can purchase whatever you need in daily supplies and hygiene articles in China and save yourself the trouble of carrying it all with you on a plane. There is a huge Walmart megastore very close to our Beijing school where you can find anything from towels and tooth brushes to food and clothes.

Other Options

  • Homestays in Beijing

    Housing

    Living with a Chinese family in Shanghai is an excellent way to improve your speaking and listening skills outside of the classroom. LTL believes that learning Mandarin Chinese shouldn’t be all about textbooks and grammar exercises.

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  • Shared Apartments

    Housing

    The LTL apartments in Beijing are located only 30 minutes travel time from the school in a modern housing complex right next to the subway. Shared with local Chinese students this is a great budget option that offers you maximum freedom.

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