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Reviews of Teen Immersion Program

Teen Immersion program is hosted directly through Next Step China and is appropriate for ages 12 and up, while younger students can attend accompanied by a parent. The program achieves a true immersion environment byincluding 7 hours of one-on-one tutoring in a range of settings, including material-focused work in a quite setting and practical immersion experience in a “get out and practice” setting while visiting historical sites and experiencing the city.


I thought the tutoring was great. The teachers, of course their Chinese was great, but they were very good teachers. They also didn’t speak that much English, which made it even better because you had to use Chinese to communicate with them pretty much all the time. Yet the language barrier wasn’t so big that you couldn’t get around or you couldn’t communicate. But having said that, once again, it was very Chinese, and that’s what I wanted.

-Aidan Swift from Singapore

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The tutors are great. I get to go out every day, which can be a bit tiring, especially when it’s a hundred degrees out. But I thought it was really cool. We went skating, and since my teacher couldn’t skate too well, it was basically me going around. And I met this 16 year old girl who came up to me and said, “Hey, I’ll teach you how to skate backwards.” After that, she started talking, and she was practicing English with me, and I was practicing Chinese with her.

-Creston Singer from Vienna, Virginia USA 

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There was no one moment where I was insanely impressed because it was the whole time. There was never a moment where it let me down at all. :)

-Ethan Swift from USA

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I thought it was very well organized compared to other things that I’ve done before, how we got phones so that people knew where we were. The Shanghai one, we didn’t really do much. We would just choose what to do every day, and if somebody didn’t really feel like doing the tutoring, they didn’t have to.

-Ignacio Ranieri from Argentina 

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We did a lot of reading comprehension, and I appreciated that a lot. We also did a lot of culture stuff, like we did the paper cutting. And also after lessons, if I wanted to go to the post office or I had to buy something, she would take me.

-Julia Reinhold from USA

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I liked the experience overall. There wasn’t really a downside. The activities every night, I don’t go to them all because I wanted to go out and do a little bit on my own, but they’re really well organized and everyone is safe. I feel very safe here.

-Kelli Knepprath from Minnesota, USA

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All this stuff that I would have had to do on my own, that I didn’t have to do and was already done for me, was great. Also, I liked the orientation because before, when I came here, Anna mentioned a few times, “Oh, they have a place like that in Wudaokou. Wudaokou’s fun.” And I had no idea where Wudaokou was, but it was really nice to have a little orientation of where things are so I can know the area better and know of places to eat and stuff like that.

-Kennedy Kidd from San Diego, California

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 The one on one tutoring is really really helpful. She’d give me a story every day, and she’d go over the words that I didn’t know and the next day she’d test me. It was kind of like a circle, she’d do that every lesson. Anything I wanted to learn, anything I wanted to improve on, she’d help me with that. So that was really good. It really suited me perfectly.

-Vera and Daniela from Hong Kong

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I like all my lessons because they are all unique in their own way, especially when we talked about things that were not in the textbooks. All the lessons were good. I don’t think there was one particular lesson where I can say that this was one really good lesson.  It had been three weeks in and my teacher took me out for dinner and she made me practice my restaurants skills.

-Berlinda Middleton from London, UK

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I was really surprised because we had been doing a chapter a day and I wasn’t sure how much I’d been expecting or how fast we’d be learning. But, definitely at first I was like wow so much to take it all in, but overall it’s been really good.

-Jilian Crosby from London

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The tutoring program I found was very helpful to what you want to do. Basically, I had been using the tutoring to help me with the classes at BLCU, and I found that it's definitely helpful. Started out doing my homework with the tutor and making sure I'm doing it right, and then more importantly, I can practice my speaking.

-Matthew Hernandez from New Jersey, USA

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I really liked all the staff and the tutors and teachers. They’re always prepared for lessons and everything is planned out already.

-Rachel Ho from Hong Kong, China

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I looked on the website, I looked through all the pictures. I’m going to have to say, it was the pictures, because I’m a visual person, and reading all the student life, and all about that, it really made me comfortable with it, and I was like, “Okay, lets go for it”

-Stephanie Niles from Seattle, Washington

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It was good. The one on one is above the classroom, there’s no comparison; it was great. You can’t slack and not do your work because the teacher’s going to notice. And the teachers are great. I’ll miss them probably.

-Eden Coates from Singapore

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They got all the details already taken cared of even before you land in China like the cell phone and SIM card. And that’s one of the many valuable things I value about Next Step China. They take care of the little things for you.

-Alex Sherr from New York, USA

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They’re really nice. They’re really welcoming, and I think they did a really good job organizing everything, especially in the dorms.

-Amanda from Louisiana, USA

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I really feel like I’m doing a lot better in my Chinese. Probably like double what I was learning.

-Erin Dollard from San Francisco, USA

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I thought the tutoring program was excellent. I thought the materials provided to us were very good. The exercises really had me learning Chinese characters and words. I felt I was learning a good, probably 30 characters a day. That’s recognizing and reading characters. I would say I could write about half as much, but I rapidly became conversational.

-Jack Kuenzle from Roxbury, Connecticut

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I liked the activities after my tutoring, because the tutoring was pretty hardcore in a way, so it was nice to do some activities and also learning about the culture.

-Nadjia Zimmerman from Singapore 

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I think Next Step China definitely exceeded my expectations, because I was thinking, “Oh, well, the price is cheaper than most of the programs I was looking at, so maybe the service wouldn’t be as good.” But I got here, and everything was amazing, so it definitely exceeded my expectations.

-Taylor Tillison from USA

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I really liked my tutor because we shared similar interest.  I remember writing a questionnaire that I really liked literature.  And my tutor happened to be a literature lover.  So we discussed many things regarding literature, modern Chinese literature.

-Yi-Ling Lu from Hong Kong, China 

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