For anyone wanting Chinese language lessons specifically on the topic of tea science and culture, The Artisan Tea Hut's founder, Jaq James, offers online tuition and offline tuition in Canberra. Jaq is a qualified educator at the master degree level, has lived in China's tea-producing provinces for over 5 years, and has studied tea science and culture in Wuyi Shan - the birthplace of oolong tea and black tea, and the beginning of the ancient Tea Horse Road. Jaq has also published a novella on Chinese tea culture, and is a contributing editor for Tea Journey Magazine.
From her personal experience of studying Mandarin in China, Jaq knows the challenges that can come with being a student of some native-speaking Chinese teachers - the pressure to rote learn, the inability to explain grammar rules and the mechanics of pronunciation, and the discouragement from asking questions. (Such problems and more have been canvassed in a report by the Australia-China Relations Institute.) Jaq's teaching methodologies address such problems.