The Sinology Institute

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The Sinology Institute

The Sinology Institute was founded in 2005 with the goal of bringing Mandarin Chinese to learners all around the world. As of 2012 more than 4,000 students have studied at the Sinology Institute. Among the students were Anne Rogge, the wife of IOC President Jacques Rogge, and Princess Laura of Belgium.

The Sinology Institute is located in the heart of Beijing just inside the Northern Second Ring Road. Its surroundings feature some of the most prominent sights in Beijing city, such as the Drum and Bell Towers, Houhai Lake and Nanluoguxiang. Most importantly, Beijing is the cradle of standard Mandarin Chinese - the official language of the People's Republic of China.

The Sinology Institute cooperates closely with the non-profit research and development body Datong Chinese to regularly improve its teaching method and curriculum. The goal is to make the learning of Mandarin Chinese more accessible for everyone regardless of their background, ethnicity, religion or gender.

Our Teaching Philosophy

The Sinology Institute uses its proprietary 3S teaching philosophy (Separation of Speech and Script;语文分开). At the heart of this philosophy is the idea that the handwriting of Chinese characters (calligraphy) can be separated from other aspects of Chinese language learning. If one considers the following chart, one will quickly understand the significance:

The theory is strongly based on the Input theory of linguist Stephen Kraschen. The theory states that language acquisition takes place when the student receives input one step beyond his/her current level. However, when teaching all disciplines of Chinese language learning in one holistic system the input level will be disharmonious due to the time needed to master the separate disciplines. By isolating the tedious task of character handwriting, a rhythm of language acquisition can be achieved by which the student will have progressive success in line with the teachings of the Input Theory.

In order to offer our students the fastest possible progress, the Sinology Institute focuses on the speaking, listening, reading (character recognition) and composition disciplines of the Chinese language. Character handwriting is a minor part of the curriculum and can be further explored at request with the help of our expert teachers.

Task (comparable level of competence) Time needed
Learn to say a character 3 to 4.5 sec
Learn to understand a character by hearing (audio) 5 sec
Learn to recognize a character (visual) 4 sec
Learn to handwrite a character (mechanical) 10 minutes

Our Staff


Jiao yu


Languages: Mandarin Chinese and English

Jiao Yu has a strong passion for education and teaching Mandarin Chinese. He was born in Shandong, the province Confucius is from, and, interestingly, his name can also be interpreted to mean "education". He believes that students can only be as good as their teachers which is why he dedicates his time to providing the best Chinese classes in Beijing.

wang shaoqing

Wang Shaoqing

Admissions Manager

Languages: Mandarin Chinese and English

Wang Shaoqing is from Hebei Province. She loves interacting with the students and creating a fun environment. She strives to make students feel at home and give them the best China experience possible.

Zhang xiaoya

Zhang Xiaoya

Logistics Manager

Languages: Mandarin Chinese and English

Zhang Xiaoya is a native of Hebei Province. She studied at Beijing International Studies University and majored in teaching Chinese as a second language. She loves interacting with students and helping them with practical issues outside of class.

Zhou hongxia

Zhou Hongxia

Head Teacher

Languages: Mandarin Chinese and English

Zhou Hongxia hails from Ningxia province. Her unique teaching style makes learning Chinese much easier than could be pressumed, and she is very active, patient, and humorous. She is great at creating fun and interactive study plans based on level and the interests of students, and always puts her heart and soul into her teaching.

Cui Li

Cui Li


Languages: Mandarin Chinese and English

Ms Cui has a good working attitude and sense of responsibility making her an excellent teacher trusted both by our school and her students. Her teaching style is strict but flexible. Her devotion to teaching makes her students feel taken care of. She is particularly experienced in teaching students at elementary levels.

Message from the Principal

the Principal

Dear current and prospective students, dear alumni,

Welcome to the Sinology Institute.

Years of research into language learning have shown that a structured approach will always yield the best results. We therefore advocate a proprietary teaching method based on Prof. Zhang Pengpeng's idea of separating speaking and listening (audio) from reading (visual) and writing (mechanical) skills.

A class taught according to a traditional teaching method (as opposed to the one used by the Sinology Institute) will oftentimes use a four step approach to study a new Chinese word mixing up audio, visual and mechanical elements:

  • Audio: listen to the new word/character
  • Audio: say the new word/character
  • Visual: learn how to read the new word/character
  • Mechanical: learn how to write the new word/character

A language is the easiest to acquire via audio-based, then via visual and lastly via mechanical skills (e.g. a child first listens, then speaks, then reads or writes). By separating audio from visual-mechanical, we acknowledge that it is easier to understand and speak Mandarin than to read and write it. Thereby, the studies of visual-mechanical skills will not slow down the studies of audio skills enabling students to progress at the most efficient pace.

We believe that with the right dedication we can take our students from level zero to high proficiency within 12 months (given a minimum two hours of daily private classes and two hours of daily self study).

We hope you will enjoy your time with the Sinology Institute.

Jiao Yu

Jiao Yu



The Sinology Institute is fully licensed by the Ministry of Education of The People's Republic of China.

In addition, as a fully licensed private school, the Sinology Institute is subject to regular qualitative audits inspecting facilities and curriculum.

Beijing, PR China
West District 100009
Shuangsi Hutong 8

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