With years of online and in classroom teaching experiences in the United States, Europe, and China, as well as doctoral training in the specialty of Chinese language and literature, I am confident in my ability to become the right Chinese tutor you are looking for.
I started working as a Chinese instructor in the United States in 2008. I had the wonderful opportunity to instruct both secondary and college-level students. The diversity of students made me developed highly effective teaching techniques and instructional methods, which allowed me to educate all levels of learners. After 2010, I worked as a Chinese lecturer in a University in Europe. With more strict and systematic teaching training there, I turned into a more professional teacher in all aspects of Chinese instruction. After years of teaching, I resumed my academic pursuit and obtained my doctoral degree in Chinese Modern Literature and Culture in December 2014.
As a Chinese instructor, I aim to develop my students' understanding of Chinese language and culture, helping them view China as a understandable country. Students came to my class with all kinds of inquiries about China at the beginning, but after several courses, they said that they could better understand Chinese people and China, and I count that as a big success. For me, culture and language learning are tightly connected. In my courses, I always try to explain the new words and sentences in a cultural background, for example, when we were learning the character for "study," I tried to depict an vivid picture for them. I told my students, the strokes on the top of this character stands for the adults holding woods with their bare hands trying to build a safe house for their kids, thus the kids could go to this safe place to learn new knowledge, and this is why you can see a "kid" at the bottom of the character. From my explanation, the students could not only remember this character, but also figured out the original educational philosophy of China. Furthermore, students could make comparison between Chinese teaching philosophy and American teaching philosophy, and this made them understand China more profoundly.
I have taught many courses including AP Chinese, Chinese in speech and writing (elementary, intermediate, and advanced), oral Chinese proficiency (level 1 and 2), Chinese characters (level 1 and 2), and business Chinese. I also developed courses like Chinese modern literature and Chinese film studies. There is no doubt to me that my background will make great contributions to your Chinese learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wuhan University - Bachelors, Chinese Language and Literature
Graduate Degree: Wuhan University - PHD, Chinese Language and Literature
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy of teaching foreign languages stems from my own personal experience as a foreign language student, and a first and second language teacher. My beliefs and teaching skills are ever evolving and energized by research standards based, classroom-tested teaching methods, my students, and the ever-changing technology. As a result, I am always on the lookout for the best language acquisition practices. Through the use of multimedia technology and differentiated instruction, students are able to demonstrate their learning in a form that best suits their particular learning styles and needs. I strongly believe that by continuing to differentiate my instruction using a wide variety teaching tools and technologies that are popular among students, learning success in my classroom will increase even further.