I am an experienced and qualified teacher/tutor of Mandarin and EFL with more than 12 years of experience. I offered private tuition for complete beginners to University level, tailoring lesson activities and teaching methodology to the students’ needs. As an enthusiastic language learner and teacher, I believe learning languages and cultures will open doors to knowledge and opportunities that would remain close otherwise. As I have studied and worked in Taiwan, Argentina, USA and Scotland, I possess excellent communication skills and fluency in Mandarin, English and Spanish. My language skills and extensive teaching experience allow me to interact effectively with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Besides, I have an excellent rapport with both children and adults and thoroughly enjoy teaching.
My teaching experience ranges from teaching Spanish, ESL and Transitional Bilingual Education (English and Spanish) in Chicago Public Schools, to establishing Mandarin after-school program at San Agustin High School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as teaching Mandarin courses for adults at Edinburgh Chinese School. I have considerable experience in tutoring pre-modern Chinese Literature at university level with excellent results: I helped a student doing a joint honours degree of Chinese and Chinese History at Edinburgh University pass the final exams with a first with distinction in oral. He was also one of the UK finalists of “汉语桥” “Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students” in 2011. I also helped a student of Chinese of Oxford University pass her finals with a 2:1 with distinction in oral, with only two weeks of intensive lessons.
Based on my learning experience and years of teaching/tutoring experience, I have developed a unique methodology that effectively helps students think in the target language and acquire native-like pronunciation and fluency from the very start. My tuition is interactive and fun; I like to use games, role-plays and debates where possible to cover students’ learning experience and to diversify lesson activities.
|Languages||Chinese, English (British), French, Spanish|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|State Teacher Certification Board- State of Illinois||1999||Other||Teaching certifications: State of Illinois, U.S.A. Type29: Transitional Bilingual-Mandarin|
|State Teacher Certification Board- State of Illinois||1999||Other||Teaching certifications: State of Illinois, U.S.A. Type29: Transitional Bilingual- Spanish|
|Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, U.S.A||1997||Bachelors||Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics,|
|Pan American College of Design and Advertising, Buenos Aires, Argentina||1994||College||Associate of Arts in Interior Design|
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|English (Foreign Language)|