Popular for being so flexible and down-to-earth, The Hutong School caters for all levels of language learning, and all types of class, including private and group classes. Teachers can come out to homes and offices (including the option to tailor classes to a specific business sector), or students can study at the convenient Xuhui-based school. All teachers have been qualified for at least two years, and receive monthly evaluations. As the school is European owned and managed, many staff are also multilingual (the website is available in an impressive 11 languages), an added bonus if English isn’t your mother tongue.
Given the name, it’s not surprising that the school is housed in a lovely lane house on Wuyuan Lu, with a sizeable roof terrace and social space, supporting the school’s broad range of free cultural activities and an enthusiastic social agenda.
The first class is free, and after that group classes run from 85RMB an hour and private classes at 160RMB an hour, if you book 250 hours together.