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I am a native Mandarin Chinese speaker, who specializes in teaching adults and teenagers, although I can also work well with younger students. Students can be of all stages of Chinese knowledge, from little to no exposure to Mandarin, up to a seasoned speaker who wants to brush-up on their accent.
I can also help with writing skills, from beginning to advanced levels, so all students are welcome to contact me and set up lessons.
Look forward to meeting you and providing you with the Chinese knowledge you need to succeed in today's globalized environment!
Beyond my core specialties, I also excel in teaching mathematics and martial arts.
Chinese for speakers of other languages:
Beginner students will learn the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese pronunciation, and the Pinyin system for writing Chinese with Romanized characters.
Students will primarily be developing basics in listening and speaking via Pinyin, though reading, and writing may also be covered, if the student desires.
I have four years of teaching experience, mainly with adult learners; I am highly experienced in the Daily Living methodology of language education, as this is the most effective way to learn language - through the lens of the students' activities.
ESL is taught in a hands-on method, which incorporates the learner's environment, so that they can learn the English necessary for living skills.
At the advanced level, I offer preparation for standardized tests, such as the TOEFL.
My knowledge of the subject is vast, starting with school-based training, from age 8 and up. I was awarded first prize at a national Chinese martial arts competition.
The practice of Chinese Martial Arts (Kung-Fu) consists of self-defense, fitness and self-confidence; the mental and physical discipline used in Kung-Fu has benefits for everyone.
Kung-fu is the art of striking and grappling. It is a combination of punches, kicks and strikes with long and short ranges, grappling, joint locks, and strangling and nerve holds designed to restrain an opponent. Used as a fighting system, it will increase aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, muscular development, fitness, agility, flexibility, balance and co-ordination.
Lesson structure largely depends upon the student's background in martial arts, however with a beginner, vital first steps will include posture, stance, mentality before getting into actual maneuvers and striking positions.
Beijing Forestry University
M.S. Michigan State University (Master's)
Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00
Cancellation: 5 hours notice required
Laura will travel within 10 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306.
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