This is how 2 referees rated Chih-Hui:
I am a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, and have a Ph.D. in Language Education from University of Durham (2007) and a M.A. degree in TESOL at Moray House Institute of Education, Heriot-Watt University (1996). I have over ten years of teaching experience for primary school children and university students.
I am originally from Taiwan, living in Edinburgh after getting married. My husband is a Scottish. I have been focusing on doing research related to Confucius’ Analects by myself, and aim at designing a course in Mandarin teaching and learning.
My teaching experience mainly focuses on primary school children and university students. My first degree was from Tunghai University in Taiwan, and I was an English major. As a university student, I began teaching English to children in a private language school in Taiwan. After I obtained a M.A, I continued to teach children in primary schools and a private tutoring centre, as well as being a lesson plan designer for an educational association. My experience also included teaching students at universities in Taiwan after obtaining M.A. and Ph.D. Mainly, I taught language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and a TESOL course, for university students.
My teaching approach is using cooperative learning through drama, which is my research related to my Ph.D. thesis. In real classrooms, I also applied this approach for students to learn. One key characteristic of drama method is to creating a context, i.e. who, what, why, how, when, for students to learn a language, especially for learning a foreign language. The other key characteristic of drama method is that it involves learners’ verbal and non-verbal aspects to learn a language. And, from my real classroom practice and experience, this method does motivate learners to learn a language and brings out their autonomy in learning, especially in the aspect of speaking and listening. Some main drama activities I had applied for students to learn a language are role play, miming and tableau, as well as other drama activities, depending on the teaching objectives.
From my experience of being a student and teacher, I realise how it is to learn a language which is not one’s own native language. I hope to help children who would like to learn Mandarin, and hope to motivate them in learning this language. I could travel to children’s home to teach.
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