WHY CHOOSE KCEL?
● Founded in 1999, Kunming College of Eastern Language is the largest and most established Chinese language schools in Yunnan. Over 18 years’ experiences, WE KNOW HOW TO HELP YOU LEARN!
● KCEL has not only been honored as the best mandarin school on Go Kunming website, it also serves as the training base for International Chinese teachers in Hanban, those who are professional and talented ensure our teaching of high quality.
● There are three campuses you may choose. KCEL downtown campus is over 20,000 sq.ft., including a common room with free internet, billiards, Ping-Pong table, a cafeteria, bookshelves,and 38 classrooms. KCEL is located at the heart of Kunming downtown, minutes of walk from bus/subway station,KCEL is surrounded with restaurants,coffee bars and the largest CUIHU park across the street.Nan Ping street, the largest shopping district in Kunming is also a short walk away.
● Kunming College of Eastern Language coordinates advanced Learning programs with well-known Universities throughout China. International students who have studied Mandarin and successfully completed the HSK examination will be recommended to these universities to study for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or a PHD.
SCHOOL CHARACTERISTICS AND SERVICES
● All students will have a Chinese language test before they study in our college. Our college will seek to ensure every student’s HSK level will rise one or two grades after taking Chinese language training courses for one semester.
●KCEL offers a variety of Chinese classes, a flexible schedule and mind-refreshing trips and language social activities.
●An experienced bilingual tutor will be arranged for each student to help resolve any difficulties and to offer study guidance.
●Free coffee and drinks，Free table tennis table, billiard hall,KTV
●Language practice partner(Free)
You can choose group class or one on one class all the type below
Comprehensive Course (Primary & Intermediate & Advanced)
Listening and Speaking (Elementary & Intermediate & Advanced)
Reading and Writing Course (Primary & Intermediate & Advanced)
HSK 1~6 & BCT
Chinese Culture Course
STAY CLEAR OF KUNMING COLLEGE OF EASTERN LANGUAGES (KCEL)
I enrolled in one-on-one lessons at KCEL in Kunming for 6 months. In total I have been to 5 Chinese language schools in China, and KCEL was by far the worst (and I say this with the authority of being a qualified second language teacher at the master's level). Reasons are set out below. In summary, if you want value for money, no drama and a relatively high degree of professionalism, enrol at Keats instead.
1. THEY MISLEAD
Before I signed up with KCEL, I had a verbal agreement with the boss of the school that he would offer me a special rate of 75 yuan per hour. After I flew from Australia to Kunming, the boss sprung on me that the special price was conditional upon buying a minimum of 6 months worth of hours upfront.
2. THEY LIE
Before I signed up with KCEL, I had a verbal agreement with the manager that every 4 weeks I could take 1 week off for rest. After I flew from Australia to Kunming, the manager claimed she never agreed to rest periods and I would have to study for 6 months straight without rest weeks. Another significant lie the manager told me was that, before I leave China, I would have to pay a 160 yuan cancellation fee of my visa. I found out later from the Chinese Embassy in Australia that there was no such fee.
3. THEY TEACH INCORRECT GRAMMAR OR NO GRAMMAR AT ALL
The first teacher I was given taught me incorrect grammar nearly 100% of the time. Fortunately I'm very good at pattern recognition and would be able to work out the grammar for myself. After 4 weeks of crappy teaching, I finally confronted my teacher about the situation, to which she went on the offensive, claiming I had made no progress all month so I must stop studying the grammar in my textbook. The boss of the school also told me I couldn't study grammar in classes any more because he knows what is best.
4. THEY DON'T LET YOU ASK QUESTIONS
One day the boss of the school pulled me aside to talk with me privately. He said that my teachers had made a complaint about me - they had said I ask too many questions in my one-on-one classes. He directed me not to ask questions anymore in class.
5. THEY GASLIGHT YOU
When I first approached the school, I had a textbook I wanted to study from, I wanted to study topics that interested me, and I wanted to play language games. The manager and my indoor teachers rejected my requests, and imposed the typical Chinese teaching methodology on me (i.e. rote learning). Despite the fact that I didn't resist their imposed methodology, the boss, the manager and my indoor teachers would regularly say to me that I had made no progress in my Chinese because I always reject their methodology.
6. THEY WON'T LET YOU TRAVEL
I had checked with the manager months in advance if I could spend one week travelling in Dali and Lijiang at the end of my 6 month contract before returning to Australia. I had informed the manager that I had two friends flying from Australia and one friend flying from Japan to meet me for the trip. The manager said this was fine. Three weeks before the trip, the manager sprung on me that I'm not allowed to travel in China on a study visa and she was going to cancel my visa while I was travelling.
7. THEY COME TO YOUR HOME TO TAKE YOU TO THE POLICE STATION
In order to try to protect my visa while travelling, I walked away from the last 3 weeks of my tuition at KCEL and bought 4 weeks of tuition at the Keats language school. This was done with the clearance of the Chinese Embassy in Australia. For some reason this infuriated the boss and manager of KCEL, despite the fact that they got three weeks of my money for nothing. They sent me half a dozen threatening text messages, claiming I could not transfer schools without them cancelling my visa. They finally turned up at my house demanding that I must go with them to the police station to cancel my visa. Fortunately I wasn't home, but my dad was who is professionally trained in negotiation tactics. He spoke with them for one and a half hours (standing in the hallway the whole time). By the end, my dad managed to get the manager to concede that she had lied about many things, including that she had no authority to cancel my visa, and that I indeed had the right to transfer schools.
8. THEY STEAL YOUR MONEY AND TIME
Many times during my lessons, my teachers would be on WeChat, take phone calls, do administrative work, turn up late, and take extra long breaks. They also would not turn up at all to some of my classes. I was never refunded for those lost hours.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. I had to endure much more.
P.S: Beware of comments that say my review is fake. Given how manipulative and deceptive the staff are at KCEL, I would not be surprised if such comments were directed by KCEL. I am in no way affiliated with Keats. I'm simply leaving an account of the horrific experience KCEL put me through because I don't want any other foreigner to go through what I went through. If you want more detail, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
I saw the message on the website today and I thought it was very ridiculous. I've been in Kunming for two years, and in those two years, I've come from Keats to the KCEL, and all I can say is that KCEL is so much better than Keats. When I was at Keats, I felt like my teacher was very inexperienced, and I am a teacher , so I felt like my teacher wasn't like a teacher, I felt like a school girl who was giving me classes, and a lot of times, I don't know, she didn't give me time to think,just answered my question with an English explanation, so at the time, I learned three "BECAUSE", but I didn't know what's the difference. After coming to the KCEL, my teachers are very patient and professional, and they can use very little English to make you understand. They explained to me the difference of those "BECAUSE" and let me learn to use them. In this respect, I feel grateful to them. I don't know why "dissatisfied" is telling these lies here, but I think if you say so, then you may be Keats's boss here to fool these students! All in all, you want the truth, Then you can just come and check by yourself at the KCEL . Then you'll know WHO's lying! A little advice to KCEL, more trip outside sounds more fun !
About KCEL: At KCEL is mostly one-on-one teaching.KCEL is open to all Nationals without age limits. At KCEK their goal is to make sure you sure after you enroll in the school by the time you period of study is expires you should be able to speak Chinese at least basic Chinese for beginners. Also they prepare students who are will to take the HSK exams.
THE GOOD THING ABOUT KCEL: At KCEL, they are capable of providing you with resident permit(visa)according to the duration of study just like any other university in china.
ABOUT TURTION FEES. The turtions are relatively cheaper and affordable to any who is Willing to study there.
PEOPLE'S VIEW ABOUT KCEL: Normally everyone has his or her view about KCEL. Incase an individual faces some problems should not be generalised because as time passes things changes new development takes place. The KCEL in 2016 can't be same as that of 2018 there is an evolution in everything.
As for me on my part, when i arrive KCEL I just have 5days to my visa due date of which one has to summit for visa renewal 10days before due date. I was taken to. police to get registered and other documents put place for me to renew my visa. This i will never forget the kindness and the services rendered to me by the Administrators. For that i will forever remain grateful.
AM TAKOR FROM CAMEROON.
I from India.This is the second semester I've studied here, and I think the eastern language and culture school is Great, they've upgraded the kitchen, and the food they cook every day is very nutritious,I'm a Muslim, they are very kind to provide special food for us ！! ！! ！! The best thing is that we have freshly brewed coffee beans to drink, better than instant coffee, I like it . And the smoking place moved into the garden, it was lovely and the air was fine .I will continue my studies here next semester. I hope my teacher, Miss Huo, will continue to help me improve my spoken Chinese. She is really good at this.
At present I've been studying in this school for half a year.I think this school is good in several aspecets.
First in visa.The school did a good job and helped me to apply for a student visa very soon.This makes my life in Kumming without worries.
Secondly in class.I chose good class.There are four people in our class.Besides me there is an American a Korean a Japanese.Although we come from different countries.Our language is different but wu get along very happily.Our aim is to learn Chinese.KCEL helos us a lot in daily life.The teacher's class is very interesting. You can learn Chinese and Chinese culture.
Finally KCEL is nice because there are a lot of activities in school.We have a spring tour and THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.
I am really looking forward to study here next semester .