Established in 2006, Tenwest Mandarin School offers international students in Kunming access to an award-winning faculty and a variety of courses and curriculum to meet every student's unique needs.
• Intensive Chinese for all skill levels
• Intensive Chinese utilizing the Total Physical Response (TPR) and Growing Participator Approach (GPA) methods
• Business Chinese
• Survival Chinese (four week course)
• Part-time classes
• Online Mandarin
• In-home Mandarin instruction
• Mandarin for children ages 5-16
• Special subjects instruction in calligraphy, Chinese history, Chinese chess and various Chinese musical instruments
• HSK Test Preparation Courses.
• During every Chinese festival we will hold a special party, to let our students experience the unique cultural practices of China
• Various other Chinese cultural activities
Small group classes numbering three students or more: 4,900 yuan per semester with a student visa provided. These courses are packed with exciting activities, which can include trips to local markets and visits with Chinese families.
• Student visas are available for all full time students
• Dependent visas for student family members also can be arranged
• Accommodation assistance can be provided for all of our students
• Free coffee and drinks
• Airport pick-up
For more information visit the Tenwest website or contact us by phone
Having had many Chinese teachers (about 9). I can say without reservation that the 2 finest teachers have come from this school. The teachers are flexible and teach you what you need at the level you are. Albert has given us world class service that extends far beyond what a school would normally do. Students who attend this school really do feel like someone has their back even if you run into difficult circumstances.
They are even willing to send teachers to our home—a huge bonus when You have work or homeschool at the house.
If you're on the fence as to which school to attend for Chinese classes...you can do no better than 10 west.
I am a current student at TenWest. I have been studying there for two months and feel I can recommend it as a very good language school. Albert, the owner, is amazing. He is willing to help me in any aspect of living here in Kunming. My teacher is one of the best foreign language teachers I have had. I have studied at a similar school here in China and TenWest is far superior. I have also studied French and Spanish formally so I tend to be a little picky with language instruction. I have met several of the other teachers and they are also friendly and helpful. If you're looking for a good school for one-on-one instruction, TenWest is for you.
I am currently studying Mandarin at Tenwest and am at an intermediate level. I have previously studied Mandarin in Shanghai and back home in Australia.
I am happy to recommend Tenwest to prospective students. Albert (Principal) is a genuinely lovely guy and helped me with various tasks upon arrival.
My teacher is very friendly, knowledgeable and a very good teacher. As Tenwest focuses on 1 on 1 tuition, you can progress at your own pace. For me this is excellent as I need maximum results in minimum time.
I currently study 4hrs per day at Tenwest and follow that up with 2hrs at home. I have found that I have progressed at a very rapid rate and I look forward to seeing the results over a longer period.
I'm an advanced student of Chinese who has studied at several schools around Kunming over the years including KUST, Yunnan Normal, and DongFang (Kunming College of Eastern Languages and Cultures), and
Tenwest has been my best experience to date.
I took a one-on-one class with the purpose of studying for the
advanced HSK, but
I changed learning objectives mid-semester to concentrate on improving my spoken Chinese and interpreting skills, and the teacher tailored the curriculum to meet my needs.
The staff at Tenwest was dedicated to helping me reach my language learning goals. The headmaster, Albert Yang,
is not just in the education business to make money - it is evident in both his words and actions that he truly cares for each individual student.
I came to Ten West to study Chinese during my summer holiday. I was a little apprehensive at first coming here since there was little information online about the school.
But my experience with Ten West (the teachers, administration, and students) has been nothing but positive. I wanted to take classes and do a homestay for the month that I would be in Kunming. The director put me in contact with a student taking English classes at Ten West. I was able to stay with her extremely nice family for free. The director also picked me up from the airport and took me to the family's home, where I would be staying. Their apartment was conveniently located a ten minute walk from the school. I was also able to sit in on a class before deciding that my best option would be one-on-one tutoring sessions. My class sessions, although fast paced, were really helpful. My tutor was very friendly and was able to explain things in both Chinese and English to me. I was used my own book that I had been studying from, but the school also has books you can choose from. My first week I was here, the director took some students on a field trip to the Stone Forest (Shi Lin). The school, although small really tries to accomodate their students and made my experience extremely positive.
As Ten West is an expanding teaching facility, they do have their growing pains as well. Since there are only three classrooms, one of my classes was held in the office. Additionally, I do wish that they had small group classes, although the director did try to pair me up with other students, but no one was at the same level.
My tutoring lessons were 60 RMB per hour, which is standard for one on one lessons from a school, although you can get them cheaper from individuals elsewhere. I felt like they were worth it given the available resources at the school and that I wasn't paying for housing. The director and staff were really friendly and I would often come early to class to study. I think the smallness of the school is beneficial since each student enrolled is given individual attention. And since it is growing, the staff seems to go out of their way for the students.
Of course, it depends on what kind of Chinese lessons you may be looking for, but I would highly recommed this school for anyone seeking personal attention from a friendly staff.
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Saturday, December 14
Zoltan's Jazz Trio plays two sets of Kunming's best jazz, 9:00pm, free entry
DJ/Producer MIA bringing the blended sultry sounds of acid jazz, minimal, Chicago and disco into a unique set, 9:30pm, 20 yuan/ 30 yuan after 11pm
DJ Eff Yu (USA) in the mix with a boogie-on-down set of hip-hop, R&B and club cuts, 10pm, free entry
Live Music: a performance by Ralf and Joost, 9:30pm, free entry
Pool Competiton: with a bottle of vodka or tequila for the winner; plus live music and 20% off Belgian bottled beers, 9:30pm, free entry
Scandinavian Lucia Concert: traditional songs for the Christmas season, 8pm, 20 yuan
DJ Getyk (Berlin) plays minimal techno, 9:30pm, free entry
Day-trip to Stone Forest Scenic Area: includes private car for 33 USD/person or private bus for 20 USD/person, call for more details
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