Genevieve Chew, from London School of Economics, joined Lotus 4 weeks Summer intensive program in 2005(4 hours in the morning at BLCU and 4 hours One on One tutorial in the afternoon)
In short, I would say that my experience in Beijing was a very educational one. I learnt so much in just 4 weeks. When I arrived home from Beijing, friends and family were surprised that I was able to speak quite fluently, read and write many Chinese characters because I was only there for 4 weeks.
I chose the homestay program which I think is a very challenging yet fun experience in many ways - challenging because I had to first adapt to a very different culture and lifestyle and fun because I was able to learn more about the Chinese people. My host family even taught me how to cook some simple Beijing dishes which I found very helpful!!
The most important and memorable part of my experience was my time at BLCU. I met many good friends who I am still in contact with. We got on very well and explored Beijing together which I found very fun. My class teachers were also very helpful and considerate. Their teaching method was helpful yet not too taxing on the brains - there was never a dull moment in the class.
Besides that, I also had the one-to-one class in the afternoon. This was the most helpful to me in the sense that I got to learn the most mandarin from the one-to-one class. This is because it was tailored according to my needs. My teacher, Miss Cheng was very kind and caring. She was always very understanding and always helped me with any problem I faced. When it was time for me to leave Beijing, I actually felt sad to say 'goodbye' to her because she was not only a teacher but a friend to me. I will never forget our lessons.
I would also like to specially mention that Lotus was very helpful in all my needs especially when I wanted to make some changes to my course. They were very responsive to emails and very efficient.