Background: I studied at TLI for six months before taking the summer off. I decided that TLI was too laid back for me since I need more external motivation. I applied to Shi-Da and was accepted. However, I had some trepidition because of the distance from my apt (I live near Shilin) and other posts about how chaotic registration is and how hit or miss the teachers are.
This morning enroute to Shi-da to register, I passed Ming Chuan University and decided to check out their Mandarin program. The woman I spoke with was very nice and accommodating, telling me that I could sit in class first before deciding to enroll.
My impressions of Shi-Da are: rigid, rigorous, fast paced, serious students of different ages
While Mingchuan is: flexible, focus depends on class, slower, college-age students so possibly not as serious
Does anyone know anything about Ming Chuan’s Mandarin program? My goal is to get past the initial stumbling blocks and to learn some reading and writing, but to focus mostly on speaking and listening.
I haven’t been able to find any comments on this board, so if anyone can help me, I’d appreciate it greatly. Shi-Da or Mingchuan?