does anyone have any advice where i might find such a place in Beijing ?
peace and clear skies
G'day Iain ... I dont know much about the standard and fee, but if you want to find out more, you can contact Sophie:
Why would you want to take the HSK? Just learn Chinese instead. If just like most Chinese students you focus on tests like CET6 or HSK, then what you'll learn is tests. I don't think tests are very useful in real life communication or the working environment....
"I don't think tests are very useful in real life communication or the working environment...."
This is true - and it is not unlike the Chinese students that cram for the IELTS/TOEFL/CET/etc...
However - having that HSK score on your resume gives you a serious edge on the competition, Chinese employers love that shit. Plus if you have a high enough score, that gives you opportunities for translation and other related occupations.
But yeah, if you're just some regular dude that wants to learn Chinese and isn't out for some kind of resume boost, it isn't necessary to take (or pass) the HSK.
I can recommend Frontiers as well; they do five-week intensive courses. I didn't necessarily learn a ton of new words there since I just took their beginner course, but the class did wonders for my pronunciation.
"However - having that HSK score on your resume gives you a serious edge on the competition, Chinese employers love that shit."
I write on my [English] cover letter that I'm fluent in Chinese, and I speak Chinese to the interviewers. I would say that has more value, since I've never met anyone who knows what the HSK is. It's rare that I'm not offered a job, although it's also rare that they can offer my American salary level.
"...I've never met anyone who knows what the HSK is."
Really? That's interesting, most of my Chinese friends are well-aware of it. Although I suppose actually speaking fluent Chinese during your interview is much more impressive than just listing a qualification on your resume.
If you're going to learn Chinese in China I definitely recommend focusing on spoken ability. The HSK could be important if you're applying to a specialized program (i.e. graduate school or a government position), but the majority of the time employers, and people in general, are most concerned with your spoken ability.
中原厚土 (Sinoland)，also near 五道口 and has an incredible managment staff that keeps teachers organized, on task, and really emphasizes results. I've recommended it to many friends and have usually been sought out by them to tell me how awesome it is. They don't use some magic method, they are just ruthless about establishing good habits in the beginning (pronunciation, etc.) and have dedicated, knowledgable teachers who spend time preparing well for class.
Harmonious, are you saying I would need a certification to teach English? I thought the main requirement to be an English teacher was just not being Chinese. People would run up to me on the street when I was in China and offer me English teaching jobs.
But I guess if you wanted an English teaching job, it would help for you to have CET 8 and a 对外汉语 degree. Or you could come to the states and we wouldn't care either. (Although if I were to run up to you on the street, it would probably be for something besides Chinese lessons...)
Hmm, I thought most English teachers in China only make 15000 RMB/month? Otherwise, maybe I will consider it...
I wish I could be an English teacher and get paid to pick from a selection of my students.......