Dream Formula Education

 Introducing Mandarin Education 3.0

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Revolutionary Mandarin Lessons & Services

Dream Formula Education introduces Mandarin education 3.0 to English speakers who want to learn Mandarin and Chinese culture. The educators in our Mandarin program have experience in teaching at American colleges, public schools, private after-school programs, and weekend Chinese schools. Our clients not only include students from different ages, but also people from well-known organizations such as UC Berkeley, United Nations and Google. Our advanced lessons and services are designed to solve the problems that currently exist in Chinese classes and make a difference in both students' learning experience and learning outcome.

By integrating learning Mandarin and Chinese culture with story making, filming, STEM projects, magic, music, sports, cooking, and other activities, our goal is to make learning Mandarin enjoyable and encourage students to become active lifelong Mandarin learners. We want to help our students build practical and solid Mandarin skills, so that they will be able to use what they have learned in any real world scenarios with confidence.

 

*Click the button below to discover the highlights of our curricula.


 

How does it work?

 

Step 1: online application

Submit an online application, and we will contact you and let you know our most updated availabilities within 24 hours. Once we confirm a time for your lesson, we will schedule an interview. 


Step 2: interview

This is an opportunity for our teachers, students & parents to get to know each other. Through this interview, our teachers will discover the needs of students and parents, and an education plan will be created.


Step 3: participate

Students and parents are always welcome to evaluate our lessons and teachers. We will adjust education plan and course content based on students' performance & parents' feedback.

 

- Personalized Small Group Lessons -

An opportunity for students to learn, grow, and have fun with friends and families.

 

General Information:

Student Mandarin Level: all levels are welcome to apply & students will be placed into appropriate groups after the interviews and the assessment tests.

Time: Monday-Sunday, 8am-10am, 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm

Location: Bay Area, CA, USA

Available Seats: 6 students per class

Price: as low as $30/hour


Included Services:

  • personalized curriculum for groups
  • personalized education plan for individual student 
  • personal Mandarin profile for individual student
  • personal vocabulary library
  • 24/7 online access to digital course content & tools
  • daily evaluation 
  • weekly report
  • monthly assessment tests 
  • access to parents community
 
 


 
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- Personalized Small Group Online Lessons -

Enjoy Learning Mandarin Online. 

 

General Information:

Student Mandarin Level: all levels are welcome to apply & students will be placed into appropriate groups after the interviews and the assessment tests.

Time: Monday-Sunday, 8am-10am, 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm

Location: Global

Available Seats: 6 students per class

Price: as low as $25/hour


Included Services:

  • personalized curriculum for individual student or groups
  • personalized education plan for individual student 
  • personal Mandarin profile for individual student
  • personal vocabulary library
  • 24/7 online access to digital course content & tools
  • daily evaluation 
  • weekly report
  • monthly assessment tests 
  • access to parents community
 
 


 
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- Highly Personalized One on One Lessons -

Stay in the center of your education. 

 

General Information:

Student Mandarin Level: all levels are welcome to apply

Duration: 1 hour per lesson

Time: tell us your preferences in the application 

Location: Bay Area, CA, USA & Global (online only)

Price: as low as $40/hour


Included Services:

  • personalized curriculum for groups
  • personalized education plan for individual student 
  • personal Mandarin profile for individual student
  • 24/7 online access to digital course content & tools
  • daily evaluation 
  • weekly report
  • monthly assessment tests 
  • access to parents community
 
 


 
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Services for Mandarin Learners

In order to maintain high teaching quality, our Mandarin lessons have very limited spaces each semester. If you are not able to join any of them, you can still take advantage of our services specifically designed for Mandarin learners. 

 

Assessment & Consultation

$50 for one hour of assessment test + consultation

Take an assessment test online with one of our educators to know your Mandarin level. We will provide advice on how to improve your Mandarin skills based on your performance. 


 

Mandarin Parents Community

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Does your Mandarin program meet your expectation? Which education tools do you find helpful?  Share your experiences with other parents to help each other make better decisions. 


what students & parents say about our teachers and lessons 

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“Thank you for your love, guidance, and encouragement. Your philosophy and approach made (student name) more interested in learning Mandarin. Your curricula provided students opportunities to speak more; as a result, they can truly understand how to use words and phrases properly. They are also more willing to learn with confidence. You gave us a surprise on how you influenced students to become active learners. ”

--- LEE FAMILY (parents)

 

“When my daughter take your Mandarin lessons once a week, I didn’t expect her to do much besides making some friends who speak Mandarin and learn a couple of things about Chinese culture. After realized how much time you spent on students, I feel wrong and shameful about my expectation. (student name) always mentions you and tell us how much she enjoys your lessons. She is especially excited about your learning activities. We appreciate your work and feedback. We feel very lucky to meet a teacher like you! ”

--- OUYANG FAMILY (parents)

 

"I like that we get to do acting and filming. I also like that we learn Chinese in the process and the fact that each of us had a role in the movie. I also like the magic classes as well as the demonstration my teacher give us. Thinking back, I learn Chinese more that I did in my previous class."

--- Evan (student)

 

"It was interesting to see how my teacher made it fun to learn the new magic tricks! Also I liked how we got to create our own story! It was so fun. There is nothing really that I didn’t like so yeah!"

--- Alex (student)

 

"I loved the fact our teacher was teaching us Mandarin in a very fun way by making a movie in Chinese. Also, I liked all the different magic tricks he taught us."                                                          

--- Matthew (student)

 

"I like how my teacher did magic tricks and acting because it is interesting when acting. Also I liked learning Chinese because we could write are own lines."

--- Hugo (student)

 

"Thank you for your passion. We as parents are very satisfied with the results! Both of my children have improved a lot."

--- NEILON FAMILY (parents)

 

"Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher! Our class  was lucky to have you as our teacher! You always made class very fun and interesting with all of your magic tricks!"

--- Yunhan (student)

 

"I like my teacher because he is respectful and kind."

--- Peirong (student)


Overview --- Problems that currently exist in Chinese classes.

Based on our teaching experiences and conversations and interviews that we had with students and parents, we discovered that most students have bad experience in learning Mandarin because of the problems below. As a result, we have seen many students who gave up or can't speak Mandarin after they have been learning Mandarin for years.  

 

1. Problem with Chinese Teachers 

Many Chinese teachers are not familiar enough with Western education and culture. They are used to teaching students in traditional Chinese ways. Some of their common behaviors include:

  •  being disrespectful to student (in traditional Chinese culture, people who are older have more power than young people)
  • punishing students physically or verbally when students break rules or make mistakes on homework (in traditional Chinese culture, teachers and parents believe punishment is a good way to lead children to "proper behaviors")  

Because of these behaviors, many young Mandarin learners don't enjoy learning Chinese. Based on our interviews with parents, the older students get, the more likely they will quit learning Mandarin.

 

2. Westernized & Outdated Curriculum 

For students who are learning Mandarin, there is a good chance that they are taught to say "ni hao ma?", which is the direct translation of English sentence "how are you?". However, Chinese speakers never say "ni hao ma" in their daily conversations. This is a good example of how many Mandarin textbooks are westernized, which means students are not learning how Chinese people actually communicate.

The focus of many Mandarin curricula is on memorizing Chinese characters. Most of the students who switched to our program could recognize words but failed to make sentences with the words they have learned for actual conversations.  We have discovered that students tend to rely on short-term memory to get through tests. As a result, we have seen students who had to retake many Mandarin classes when they start a new school or enter a new program even though they have already taken these classes before. 

 

3. Pronunciation Problem

Mandarin is a tonal language. Unlike many other languages that allow accents, when students can't pronounce Mandarin tones correctly, what they say could either mean completely different things or hard to interpret.

Surprisingly, we have discovered that even some students who attend Mandarin immersion schools have pronunciation problems. In a traditional classroom settings, teachers don't have time to help individual students build a solid foundation for Pinyin, the pronunciation system of Mandarin. As results, students keep on using incorrect pronunciation while learning new vocabularies, and this eventually become their habits. When these students switch to our programs, our teachers have to correct students bad habits and relearn basic pronunciation skills.   

 

*click the button below to to learn more about general problems in our schools and curricula


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Any questions?