So I visited 5 language schools yesterday and thought I would post an update to give back to the community. Most of the information I found about these schools were a few years old in some of the posts.
Pioneer- they no longer have classes. They only provide private lessons (one on one), or if you have friends, they can do group rates. She mentioned this was because it was hard to get enough students for classes these days, citing changes in the political climate.
TLI- still offers classes and private lessons. They still use their own books.
Shi Da- no updates. I tried to get into their class after the application deadline had already passed. No luck.
Mandarin Daily News- still does not teach pinyin. That was a deal breaker for me.
Mandarin Learning Center at the Chinese Culture University- I found this one through a friend, not on forumosa, but it is mentioned here. They teach using the Shi Da books as well. It’s not clear on their website, but you can pay for 132 hours, 110 hours, or 40 hours at the start of the course. You must drop out of the course after the length of time you’ve paid for. You must decide up front which package you want. For example, you can’t pay for 40 hours and then pay for another 40 hours to continue the course.
I’m starting to take beginner classes next week at TLI because of all the good things I’ve heard on this forum. If you’re interested in forming a group let me know. Also, if you’re starting out at a beginner level and are looking for a study partner, send me a pm. My conversation skills are much better than beginner level, but I can’t read or write.
Much thanks to everyone who posted information about the schools over the years.