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Benjamin

Nihao! Hello! I'm passionate about teaching Mandarin and ESL. I have been teaching and tutoring for the past seven years in China and the US, and am currently working on a Masters Degree in teaching Chinese language with the goal of becoming a Chinese professor. I believe that tutoring is the ideal way to learn because it allows for a truly personalized and pressure-free learning experience that will help you build your language skills through natural conversation, activities, and games.

Last year I taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year level Mandarin courses in the Upper School at the Latin School of Chicago. After graduating from Oberlin College in 2007 I spent two years teaching English at the Shanxi Agricultural University in Taigu, Shanxi Province of China. Since then I have completed three intensive summer immersion Chinese language courses, worked as the assistant director for the Middlebury-Monterey Chinese language academy at Bard College at Simon's Rock, worked as a translator for www.skritter.com (a website that helps students to practice writing Chinese characters), and as a Chinese language consultant for the Yale University Press on the Encounters Chinese project.

Hope to hear from you soon to set up some tutoring sessions!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Oberlin College - BA, Classics

Graduate Degree:

 DePaul University - MEd, Chinese Pedagogy

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