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Needs Assessment and Coaching Sessions

Posted by aggiexiang May 29, 2007 in the Group General Discussion.

Hello everyone!

Many of you will have seen that we are offering a special promotion for the month of June, which gives anyone who signs up for 1 year premium a free Needs Assessment and two Coaching Sessions with one of the Practice Plan team. Needs Assessments and Coaching Sessions are both big parts of the Practice Plan, and now seems like a good moment to explain a bit more about what exactly they are.

1) What is a Needs Assessment?

    For the Needs Assessment, our counselors will conduct a Language Assessment and a Needs Analysis for you. This takes about 30 minutes.

    First, the counselor will do a Language Assessment to determine the right level of study for you. Doing the assessment will make your studies more effective, as it will enable you to start learning at the level most suitable to your ability.

     The Needs Analysis is meant to help our counselor learn more about your current situations with regards to learning Chinese, your goals, and your motivations. After becoming more familiar with your needs and requests, our experts can give you some suggestions for self-study. They will also provide guidance, including methods for learning and practicing Chinese that will suit your needs. 

 2) What is a Coaching Session?

On the ChinesePod website, there are various materials available to aid our learners in their studies of Chinese. However, a lot of learners are anxious to put to use what they have learned, and to practice using the newly acquired language effectively.

In the Coaching Session, our counselor will call you to converse with you and help you to put into practice what you have learned in a specific lesson. And don't worry if you are an absolute beginner,the coaching lessons can give you a good start in the language.

What the student needs to do:
  • Prepare the lesson in advance - listen to the ChinesePod lesson and do the review exercises on the website.
  • Provide us with your telephone number and your preferred time for the session.

Each Coaching Session is about 10 to 15 minutes long. Even for a Newbie level learner, both the learner and the counselor will speak about 60% Chinese during the Coaching Session.

We are happy to give our learners an effective environment to practice Chinese! We invite you to give it a try and see that we can reach your goal of learning Chinese together!

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