We implement a strict screening process for NeuLingo teachers. All teachers sign a confidentiality agreement as part of their contract with us. They may not share any private information about NeuLingo students without written parental consent. Only after obtaining written parental consent will we use any photos or videos on our website or social media channels.
For parents in North America, your child’s privacy is protected by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). We obtain your authorization when you schedule your first class with NeuLingo, but you reserve the right to revoke your authorization and ask us to delete your child’s information at any time. Class videos are kept for a period of time in your account so you can review the classes with your child, also so we can evaluate teacher performance, ensuring our educators are held to the highest standards. If you ever wish to delete your account, the videos will be deleted simultaneously.
Below you’ll find tips and steps to get you started with scheduling your first online private lesson!
Your Virtual Classroom
You can access your child’s virtual classroom by logging in to your account through fluentcity.com and accessing MY LESSONS in the side bar. Simply click on START LESSON to enter your Zoom classroom!
What is Zoom?
To support personalized and interactive lessons we use the Zoom video communications tool. This platform allows for engaging and collaborative instructional tools for students and teachers to practice their learning in real time. The Zoom platform is easily accessed on a variety of technologies including PC, Mac, Linux and mobile devices (iOS, iPadOS, Android) so learning can happen wherever you are! Zoom allows for access to learning through private meetings, group meetings and break out rooms for the same variety of learning group structure that you were able to experience in the traditional classroom. The interactive opportunities offered through the chat, polls, annotation and screen-sharing features allow for teachers and students to be as creative as possible while also promoting the flexibility and ease that users seek in an online learning environment.
Steps to start using Zoom
Zoom Support: Zoom Video Communications Technical Support
Group class: You have until seven days prior to the start date of your class to make any cancellations. After that, refunds cannot be offered under any circumstance (unless the cancellation is made by Fluent City).
Private lessons: Refunds can only be requested before the first lesson has been scheduled. Once a student has been introduced to their instructor and their first lesson is confirmed, a refund can no longer be processed.
Transfers (level transfers):
If your child is in an incorrect level placement for a class, we’ll make sure to get them into the right one! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before the second class of your child’s course and we’ll transfer them to the appropriate level.
Active promo codes can be applied at checkout for a discount.
Please note, promo codes can’t be combined and may have expiration dates. Promo codes cannot be used retroactively. Keep an eye on the fine print of your promotion for expiration dates.
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We recognize that children come in with different interests, strengths, and language abilities, and are eager to differentiate our instruction to meet your child’s language-learning goals. To help us tailor instruction to your child’s specific need we encourage you to describe your child’s interests, language background and motivation for learning under the My Account tab in your student portal. Your child’s teacher will have access to this information once you book a lesson with them!
Additionally, we are intentional about using the first class to build relationships, preview the curriculum, and assess your student’s linguistic abilities in order to provide them with the most engaging language-learning experience. Our curriculum supports novice language learners (students with little or no experience in the language) as well as heritage language learners (students who are adding to their linguistic repertoire).
Regardless of your student’s language background, our teachers have the necessary training, resources and expertise to guide your students in maximizing their language-learning experience and increasing their linguistic proficiency.
You’ll be able to schedule your child’s online private lessons anytime, as long as it’s 24 hours ahead of the current time and within 30 days of the current date (pending teacher’s displayed availability—if you don’t see a slot, get in touch with email@example.com and we’d be happy to assist!).
NeuLingo lessons allow students the ability to interact with the teacher, the language, and technology to provide an interactive and interpersonal experience that maximizes language-learning! NeuLingo lessons engage in language and cultural exploration allowing students to practice their multilingual abilities as global citizens from the comfort of their own home. The lessons engage in interactive instruction between teacher and student reviewing past language-learning and introducing new language and cultural concepts. Each lesson ends with a connection between families and teachers to highlight the student’s learning that day and answer questions if necessary. NeuLingo’s proprietary curriculum has differentiated the language learning experience for students of different language backgrounds, ages and learning styles. Each class will provide a safe and engaging opportunity for your student to engage with the Mandarin language and Chinese culture.
If your available hours are all booked up, you’ll see an option to “add more hours” in the upper lefthand corner of your child’s account.
If you want to add more hours before your sessions are all booked, please visit cricketmedia.com/neulingo/class-selection.
No problem—you can do that via the platform, and as long as it is at least 24 hours in advance, it’s free!
There are no restrictions on the number of classes students take, but we recommend taking at least two per week. As language experts have been known to say, “use it or lose it”—it’s important to practice on a regular basis!
NeuLingo uses live instruction to provide students with one-on-one and small group experiences to achieve their language-learning goals. The use of live instructors allows for constant differentiation of the curriculum so teachers can tailor instruction to meet the needs of the student(s) in real time. Additionally, Interpersonal communication is one of the more challenging skills to practice because it requires students to take risks and practice resiliency, so our teachers are experts at creating positive environments where students feel comfortable in taking risks and practice their speaking and listening. Finally, NeuLingo has two excellent curriculums that allow for learners of all proficiencies to access language and content. Happy NeuLingo is a curriculum that engages young learners in exploring and engaging with the language. Scholar NeuLingo is a curriculum designed to align with major language-learning standards (ACTFL, YCT, HSK). Both curriculums highlight the language proficiency spectrum to support students in increasing their understanding of and confidence in language-learning at a global scale.
NeuLingo provides optional supplemental materials to reinforce learning.
If you purchase a bundle of 10 or more classes, your child will have access to flashcards, activity sheets, and stroke- and character-writing worksheets!
We work hard to make your child’s curriculum as personalized as possible – whether it’s skipping lessons or repeating them, adding content or choosing not to focus on certain aspects. You can definitely let us and our teachers know how best to help your child learn!
For each class, you’ll be able to view the SESSION DETAILS to read a description written by your child’s teacher, speaking directly to their strengths, understanding, and ways to support their language-learning at home.
Each session concludes with an opportunity for the student, family, and teacher to connect and discuss highlights from the class. We use Can Do statements to support students in understanding the language proficiency spectrum and work to guide students and families in tracking student progress. Parents will be able to preview upcoming lesson content to understand how their child’s current lesson fits into the larger framework.
That can be arranged! Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific details about your group’s needs.