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Cal State, East Bay, Hayward CA (Art, Multimedia)
I love to help those struggling with English as well as those who want to learn and understand Chinese language and culture! I am patient and flexible.
I have over 50 hours experience of tutoring adults in ESL and Mandarin Chinese.
I taught English for 2 years at the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics in China.
I can provide individual or corporate training for those who frequently do business with China.
I can customize a very useful orientation to individuals or groups in advance of meetings with Chinese people or government officials.
I work as a Substitute Teacher in the Pleasanton School District and Valley Christian Schools for all grade levels and subjects, and I have passed background checks with them as well as with Oakland Unified School District.
I have a good rapport with kids and know how to make learning fun and effective!
I have worked as a Mandarin Chinese Teacher for grade levels K-11, including AP Mandarin, at a top-rated public charter school and also worked in Chinese after school programs. Ask to see my resume for more info.
I will be a great asset to your child's education journey or home school co-op!
Here's what makes me different from your typical Chinese or ESL teacher:
I lived in Hong Kong from 1998 to 2000 and Kunming, China from 2000 to 2009, so I understand the difficulties of living in a different culture as well as learning a new language. It took years to understand the intricacies of Chinese culture, history and geography (including insights into geographic variations in accent and culture). There is an advantage to my insights and expertise, sometimes even over a native Chinese speaker, because I have the experience and perspective of dealing with Chinese people (including Chinese officials) as a non-Chinese person, so I can understand cultural situations and know how to resolve misunderstandings on BOTH sides.
Accomplishments while in China:
- Provided teaching sessions on a regular basis (about once a month) for visiting groups who came to China from around the world.
- Helped locals in China set up their own businesses which focused on orienting Westerners to China and teaching them language/culture lessons. I created the curricula and trained the Chinese friends how to do these orientations for Westerners.
- My wife and I adopted a Chinese son while in China, and, through the process, had to do all the complicated paperwork and negotiations with the Chinese officials entirely in Chinese language.
- Developed training materials, including customizable booklets to help visitors to China get around successfully.
Available week nights and sometimes on Saturdays. I love to help those struggling with English as well as those who want to learn and understand Chinese language and culture! I am patient and flexible.
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The rate listed is for teaching Chinese. I may negotiate for English and ESL tutoring depending on location and convenience. Group rates available.
Tim was a great help with my son in getting him ready for his Mandarin final. He has patience with kids and related well to him. My son said that an hour with Tim was worth a week in class. He learned a lot!
Tim is a very good tutor. He gives me English as Second Language lessons. Tim listens to my needs and has great ideas how to improve my pronunciation or overcome accent problems. Tim encourages me to practice more and more and so to achieve the best results. He is patient and interested. Tim is also flexible and reliable.
I am very happy to have chosen Tim as my tutor and would highly recommend him to my friends.
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