I was born and raised in China. Mandarin is my native language and I speak English fluently. I earned Master's degrees of Sociology in both China and the U.S. Having taught at colleges and Chinese schools in the U.S., I have gained experiences in teaching adults and children in both private tutoring and large class settings. I have taught elementary students Mandarin, adult students Conversation. I believe that teaching is a process both instructor and students are integral part of the process. As an instructor, my job is to motivate students and provide them tools and tips for learning Chinese. Everyone is unique and so are their learning habits. My pedagogy will be adapted to meet student's needs. As a mother of a ten-year-old girl, I speak Chinese with my daughter everyday. We ride bikes, go to Jersey beach, and jog in parks in our spare time.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is a process that both instructor and students participate in. It is student-oriented. In other words, the instructor serves the interests of student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself, get to know my student, and find out the student's motives for learning Chinese.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Maintain the student's interest in learning, and have the student participate in class.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Use proper textbook; expose them to Chinese culture; encourage them to use the Chinese language.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Use various teaching tools, and present the concept in a different way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Identify key sentences or expressions that students are struggling with; encourage the students to practice/read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Student's participation Students interest in the subject Keep the students motivated Use multiple pedagogical methods
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Use proper materials; expose them to hands-on experience.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Chinese songs/play Chinese music. Use Chinese paintings/pictures, and compare/contrast English and Chinese.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Motivation/encouragement Application of Chinese language
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Communication with students, and Assess the student's participation and performance in class.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Teaching time adjustment. Teaching the materials to fit the student. Making adjustments based on the student's learning style/interest.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbook, homework, Video/audio materials, and Visual materials.