• Classes

Group Classes

Our group class schedules are situated around “Semesters”. Semesters are time periods generally defined by classes of 8 weeks on weekdays, and 6 weeks on weekends. All our semesters are named after months, so “November” means classes that generally start in the month of November (sometimes semesters start or end a little early).

Group classes give students the unique opportunity to develop their language skills with other classmates. Through interaction with an instructor and understanding of your classmates around you, you develop partners in your quest to develop communication skills in the target language. Group classes also allow for activities that enable you to practice speaking with classmates from a variety of backgrounds and conversational abilities.

Our curriculum for group classes gives students an opportunity to learn with us long term. With over 24 levels of classes (1 level lasts 2 to 3 months), students can potentially learn with us for 6 years or more in their quest to becoming an advanced speaker of the language. Once students reach the advanced levels, we also have ongoing classes that engage real world media and resources in the classroom.

Individual Lessons

Individual lessons are the opportunity for you to develop your language skills at your own pace. Group classes are sometimes too slow or fast, and in individual lessons a professional instructor will adjust to your pace and review with you where appropriate to develop your communication skills. In this way even though materials are taught, if something is forgotten by you it is easy to go back and review in the individual lessons with your instructor.

Even though we call these “individual lessons”, please note that individual lessons can also be taught to two people, or even three people at once. We call these semi-individual or semi-private classes. So if you have friends that would like to take classes with you and you’re all about at the same level and are looking for the same pace in learning, individual lessons might be the right choice for you.

Individual lessons are also taught under your own schedule. Please note that our group classes are typically held 1x a week, where as individual lessons can be held 1x, 2x, or even 5x to 7x a week. So your individual lessons can be as intensive as you’d like them to be. We’ve seen students bypass group class curriculum (8 weeks of group classes) in under 1 week by taking intensive individual lessons.

The other advantage to individual lessons is the curriculum can also be tailored to your specific goals, background and needs. If you have goals beyond just general language acquisition, such as business or workplace proficiency, test prep, more focus on reading instead of speaking, or other goals than individual lessons would give you the opportunity to have a catered curriculum to match those goals.

Individual lessons are also available to students of all levels. Regardless of your language background, we can accommodate you in the individual lessons. So for example, if you spoke the language growing up with your family but you cannot read, individual lessons might be the best fit for you. If your level of proficiency is beyond (or below) what is being offered in group courses then individual lessons could also be appropriate.

Kids Course Signup

Hills Learning through years of teaching has developed a program for teaching kids Korean. Classes are a mix of language instruction combined with fun activities, games, and songs. Basic vocabulary and grammar, along with the basic alphabet hangeul, are taught to children of all ages.

Private lessons follow our SWIRL method of combining all five language skills (Speaking, Writing, Intonation, Reading and Listening). Lessons are usually held at the student’s residence or at our center. We’ve taught kids from 6 months to 17 years old, so it’s never too late to start looking into Korean language instruction for your child.

Asian Language Classes for Credit

As an accredited institution Hills Learning offers the opportunity for our students to take classes for credit. Students currently enrolled in a program at another institution, for example a high school or college, can fulfill their language requirements by taking classes at Hills Learning.

Taking classes for credit is a great opportunity to add an Asian language to a school’s program that currently doesn’t offer Asian languages. It’s also a great chance for students that want to continue their studies in a language, but the school that they’re currently enrolled in doesn’t offer the level they are looking for.

There have been multiple highschools and colleges that have accepted our classes for credit in the past. Setting up classes for credit involves the school administration, the student and / or parents, and of course a representative from Hills Learning.

Please contact us for further information on setting up classes for credit, use the form on the right.

Languages Available:

  1. Japanese
  2. Mandarin (Chinese)
  3. Thai
  4. Cantonese

Classes for Business

Thank you for considering Hills Learning to provide quality language and cultural instruction to your employees. We have a wide variety of existing programs that can meet your needs, and can tailor our curriculum to meet any specific language goals that you may have.

Chinese Classes NYC In a globalizing world companies are finding that by offering language and cultural programs to their employees it increases their bottom line. Whether they’re opening a new branch in a foreign country, looking to expand their sales with a specific ethnic group, or just hoping to gain an edge in their current market, cost-effective and quality language instruction helps companies understand their target markets and business partners better.

Global Businesses have multiple needs for language and cultural instruction. Hills Learning has programs that address those needs

Here are some of the programs that we offer for business classes:

  1. Cultural Training Workshops
  2. Relocation Programs
  3. Intensive Language Training
  4. Group classes for business

Please contact us for more information on our classes for business.

Frequently asked questions

Is it possible to get reimbursement from my company for lessons?

Yes, Hills Learning is the only Asian language school that is accredited in NYC, and most HR personnel and company managers understand the quality that accreditation recognizes.

Do you have classes for heritage speakers too?

Yes, we actually have programs that specialize in classes for heritage or american born speakers. We recognize the difficulties that students have growing up and only learning certain aspects of the language, and can help to develop business proficiency in later years.

If I’m looking to take classes for business purposes, can I just sign up to your regular group classes?

Yes, but please keep in mind our curriculum for regular enrichment courses will develop skills for a variety of situations. Classes for business are designed to develop proficiency in the office environment.

Do you have any other questions? Please feel free to contact us.

Online Lessons

Online lessons are designed for students that cannot make it to our center near Grand Central in New York on a regular basis. Your lessons will happen through the computer, where we’ll connect with you via skype and one of our instructors will teach you as if you were here at our center. You’re still able to communicate orally and write / text to your instructor during the classes. All we ask is students have a reliable internet connection and a skype account.

Join a group class virtually

One of our most popular features for online is the option for any of our students to enroll in a regular group class through online. You don’t live in the New York Area and cannot physically be present in our classes? No problem, you can still take any of our classes like if you were physically present here.

For virtual students we setup a specific computer in the classroom. The computer has an HD camera attached to it that has a view of the whiteboard, instructor, and also any classmates that you’ll be doing activities with. We try our best to simulate the environment of

Please note this option is subject to availability per language, please contact us for further information.

Online individual lessons

If you’re looking for individual 1 on 1 lessons and cannot commute to the New York / Grand Central area, we can offer our individual lessons in an online format. For textbooks we will get these shipped to you when you order them through us, and for assessments / homework assignments we scan and send these to you via email. For other information on our individual lessons please see individual lessons.