I come from China, so obviously Chinese (Mandarin) is my home language. Since 2005, I came to U.S and started my high school career. I graduated from San Francisco State University. My major in my university was Chinese. Although I stayed in U.S about 9 years, I still like my native language, because I feel Chinese is the most beautiful language in the world.
During my school career, I had a bunch of tutorial experience. For example, I became a tutor for my classmates who were not the native speakers of Chinese, but they liked to learn Chinese for 2 years. Also, I was the teacher assistant to help my Chinese teacher to grade homework, class assignments, collect all classwork, etc. When I turned to the university, I was interested in tutoring all students who loved to studied Chinese after school. I did this job for 3 years. This was one on one tutoring. When I tutor, I would like to warm up my student first, such as basic greeting information. I told my student he/she had to use Chinese during the tutorial session because this was the only time to improve the language. It was so valuable. After greeting and asking some information, I usually ask my student take out the textbook, and correct the pronunciation because this is very important. If people say wrong tone, the meaning will be totally different. Also I encourage them to spend 20-30 minutes (everyday)listening to the Chinese audio files, whatever textbook dialogue, news, etc, in order to grow faster, and I told them I will check what did you at home for the next session.
I think learning any language is no shortcut, not only use your brain, but use your heart. I love teaching and anything related to the teaching areas.
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