An Online Course with the Grammar Focus You’ve Been Missing

Hopefully you’ve been using the Chinese Grammar Wiki as a part of your Chinese studies for a while now. But so often, you need extra practice with grammar to make it truly stick, and that’s exactly what this course is for. We’ve spent years editing useful Chinese Grammar Wiki content, and now we’re ready to apply that to personalized online lessons with AllSet Learning teachers. This course focuses on the Chinese Grammar Wiki’s B1 Grammar Points. (You don’t need the print book to do this course, but it certainly doesn’t hurt!)

(Find the Part 1 B1 Grammar Course here.)

Targeted B1 Grammar Points (Part 2)

If you’ve already covered the relatively “elementary” B1 grammar points, it’s time to get down to the really good stuff! These are the ones that feel especially unnatural at first, and simply need more practice to fully master. Our teachers will give you plenty of practice with these.

Remember: this course is not about learning these grammar points for the first time; it’s about practicing using them, so that you can make them your own.

What the B1 (Intermediate) 10-Lesson Grammar Course covers:

    • Potential Complements: not only useful and common, but also related to direction complements

    • 就 (jiù) and 才 (cái) for “early” and “late” events: It’s hard to understand why these are super common in everyday speech, but mastering them will make your spoken Chinese miuch more native-like.

    • Close calls with 差点 (chàdiǎn) and sudden happenings with 一下子 (yīxiàzi): Mastering these two will really improve your expressiveness.

    • The 把 (bǎ) construction: You may have been avoiding it, or you may feel like it’s not necessary, either way, B1 is the level where you must tackle it!

    • The 被 (bèi) constrcution: You may not have needed to make a lot of passive sentences before now, but it’s time to master this one!

    • The prepositions 对 (duì), 向 (xiàng), 给 (gěi): If only it were as simple as memorizing a few rules! This one requires practice…

    • The logical patterns 虽然……但是 (suīrán… dànshì…), 如果……就 (rúguǒ… jiù…), 不但……而且 (bùdàn…, érqiě…): If you’re tired of speaking in super short, simplistic sentences, these are for you.

    • Comparing 刚 (gāng) and 刚才 (gāngcái), and how they work with 了 (le): If you think this is simple stuff, we beg to differ…

    • Regular review to lock in and reinforce the newly acquired structures.

    (Find the Part 1 B1 Grammar Course here.)

    Of course we’ll provide the relevant Chinese Grammar Wiki links for all study material in advance, along with instructions and exercises you can do ahead of time. This way you can study up before each lesson and maximize the practice time with your teacher, freeing you up to talk, talk, talk with our teachers.

    What You’ll Get

    • 10 online lessons, 60 minutes each, targeted at your level
    • 1-4 carefully selected grammar points for each lesson, covered at an optimal pace (no rushing!)
    • Grammar exercises designed to be flexible and responsive: the higher your level, the more time spent on focused conversation rather than simpler drills you don’t need
    • Vocabulary tracking based on what you actually cover with our teachers
    • A grammar point checklist reflecting what you covered and how well you learned it
    • Experienced, trained AllSet Learning teachers patiently guiding you

    We recommend that you do 2 or 3 lessons per week to maximize progress.

    How You Will Study Each Lesson

    Your assignment for each lesson will be posted to the AllSet Learning Hub, our platform for managing our clients’ studies. There you will see what you need to prepare in advance, as well as the exact material (1-4 grammar points from the wiki) your teacher will cover with you during each lesson.

    In each 60-minute lesson, the following material will be covered by your teachers:

    • Vocabulary and Grammar Review (from your previous lessons)
    • Main Grammar Points of the Lesson (using our flexible 3-tier system–see below)
    • Sum-up and Assess (can we move on to the next module, or do you need to keep working on this one? …plus integrated pronunciation feedback.)

    We recommend that you install WeChat and create an account, as it is by far the most reliable way to communicate with anyone in the PRC. You should also install a plugin to help you read Chinese on your desktop computer.

    Our Adaptive 3-Tier System

    Every learner can’t be at the exact same level, so we can’t simply design a course for the “ideal” learner. Instead, we’ve designed a flexible 3-tier system which gives the lower-level learners more practice with the basic reading skills, and the higher-level learners more time practicing speaking.

    1. Mechanical Exercises. We start with these to make sure you can handle the basic form. These are easiest, and they’re a good place to start if the grammar point is entirely unfamiliar. If the grammar point is not entirely unfamiliar, you should breeze through these.

    2. Improvisational Exercises. While still providing part of a sentence, we’ll expect you to come up with the rest. This is a bit more demanding, and requires more imagination and vocabulary.

    3. Free Practice. Finally, you’ll be expected to put the grammar points to use for a specific task. It may be some kind of discussion or role-play or story to tell. Your teacher will remind you to keep using the grammar points as necessary, and correct you as needed.

    Our Teachers

    All of AllSet Learning’s teachers have been trained by John Pasden in person in Shanghai. They encourage communication, correct pronunciation, and hold our clients to a higher standard. They’re also quite engaging to talk to!

    To guarantee flexibility and schedule coverage as full as possible, each of our clients will have multiple teachers. Teachers coordinate and follow their clients’ studies through the AllSet Learning Hub.

    Lesson Policies

    We offer flexible scheduling and a money-back guarantee. Check out the details on our policies here.

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    10 lessons

    (60 minutes each)

    You have 10 weeks to enjoy
    all your 1-on-1 lessons.

    You’re going to love these lessons!

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