I went into ICLP as an advanced beginner or lower-intermediate speaker of Chinese, with sloppy tones, pronunciation problems, and very limited character recognition. One year later, I am able to read newspapers, listen to the news, and my tones and pronunciation are much improved. I’ve just accepted a job with an American firm working in China, a position that I would never have been capable of fulfilling if not for the relentless efforts of my excellent teachers here at ICLP. The curriculum and texts are top notch, and the learning environment is great, but what really makes ICLP the best Chinese program available anywhere is the quality of the staff and instructors. If you come to ICLP, you are in for a year of very hard work, and very tangible rewards.