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3. SpeakMandarin Scholarship for ACTFL members for an online intensive course of live 1-on-1 Chinese lessons
SpeakMandarin.com
Speak Mandarin is an online Mandarin tutoring company based in San Diego and Beijing. Utilizing the latest Internet technologies and pedagogical approaches, SpeakMandarin.com offers live online, one-on-one Mandarin Chinese training with native-speaking certified teachers to learners worldwide. SpeakMandarin.com's K-Adult programs are fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC).
ACTFL
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators?and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry. Since its founding (in 1967), ACTFL is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.
SpeakMandarin Scholarship
SpeakMandarin.com offers two scholarships annually for ACTFL members for an online intensive course of live 1-on-1 Chinese lessons, customized to their level, with the certified instructors in Beijing (60 sessions total to be completed within 9 weeks).
Selection criteria includes:
      · Current ACTFL Member
      · Evidence of need/desire for study (scholarships are open to all levels of learners including students, teachers and retired members with no past Mandarin experience)
      · Clarity and specificity of the statement of purpose
      · Likely impact on self, students and colleagues
      · Strength of recommendation
Results
9 ACTFL scholarship winners have successfully completed the intensive course since 2013. Some of them wrote a testimonial about the experience.
I am LOVING the lessons. I am so grateful for this opportunity. The teachers have been fantastic, and I really enjoy the material we've been going through.
- Anna Woods, scholarship winner in 2015
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who made this opportunity possible for me. Sue, Angela, and most of all Claire, who is an amazing person and an adept and extremely patient teacher. I appreciate all the help you have given me with the technical problems and scheduling my sessions for me, as well.
- Kevin Walters, scholarship winner in 2015
I am really enjoying my lessons with Zhang Dong. He is an excellent teacher and understands what I need from these classes. SpeakMandarin is truly a wonderful program.
- Shaloma Smith, scholarship winner in 2014
I could not have been more pleased with my lessons at SpeakMandarin.com. My teachers were dedicated and lively, and I enjoyed having access to a wide range of teachers with different skills, backgrounds, and teaching styles.
- Rebecca Amis, scholarship winner in 2013