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I have worked nine years as a teacher and business consultant in China. My depth of grammar and situational use of Chinese language terminology is excellent. I received the Best Teacher Award twice in five years. I am also a published author. I am also a researcher and technical writer with a decade of experience. I have often traveled for public speaking engagements, particularly regarding language acquisition and development of languages. I am active in language preservation organizations. My teaching methods include use of PowerPoint, overhead projections, oral blogs in class, absolute immersion including physical response.
Besides Chinese language, customs, culture and cuisine, I tutor creative writing and public speaking. My teaching method is absolute immersion with physical response. I emphasize using the language naturally more than memorizing grammar rules. We do play games and sing songs. We have a myriad of children's stories. For intermediate students we have play money and pretend to go shopping, traveling, touring factories, developing business, etc. For advanced students I employ existing literature. Finally, I am patient and encouraging instead of being a martinet disciplinarian.
My major of studies focuses on language acquisition skills. I have been a writer of curriculum development for Mid-continent Regional Laboratory as well as for the campus entities for which I worked. Currently I am developing two levels of English-language textbooks, the beginners' level titled "East Dragon, West Dragon" and the advanced learners' level titled "Geared for Success". The later one emphasizes technical terminology while revealing the history of various inventions and discoveries.
I have aided in the adoption of over a dozen children from southern China. My current tutoring age range is from 2 to 71. By the way the two-year-old is a fantastic student, learning English. We use ZomeTool to construct domes, garages, factories, etc. We use the target language throughout the exercise.
I received ordination about twenty-five years ago after live-in study in Berkeley for just over one and a half years. I have taught Bible classes in various religious institutions. Now I participate in the Bible study at my living complex. Twice I also won Bible Jeopardy in Denver.
I have worked in China for nine years. First, I studied Chinese both at DLI and at SFSU. The work in China honed my proficiency to a master level, including knowledge of fine nuances of situational language usage. I am considered "nearly native". Moreover, I have taught Chinese students for over 30 years. I have also done numerous translations for several engineering companies.
I have used Hebrew since childhood every Sabbath and most days in between. I am also proficient in Hebrew dances and songs. I have a deep knowledge of Hebrew literature and lore. Currently, I attend a weekly Hebrew speakers' meetup. I have also used Hebrew in teaching Sunday school classes.
I have taught Public Speaking for over five years at three universities. I am a well-traveled public speaker, especially on topics of language acquisition, of language preservation and of comparative literature. I also taught Debate class; our team won its only two formal debates against outside schools.
I am ordained and have taught privately various Sunday Schools, Barei/Banot Mitzvah, wedding preparations and open-faith sessions. I have also written extensively about religion history and alternative ideas regarding modern religious practices. I myself am a God-fearing Humanist who serves by helping society.
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