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Joseph L.

Mandarin Chinese & Mathematics by LLH

Chicago, IL (60640)

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I am a chemical engineer by trade, a certified Mandarin, science, and ESL teacher. As a Chicago Teaching Fellow, I have taught three years in public schools. All my graduate degrees have been earned through scholarship and grants while working either full time or part time.

I earned my undergraduate degree in Shanghai, China and two graduate degrees in the US. I worked as a research chemical engineer in China. I am fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and English, in all areas of proficiency. I am also proficient in classical Chinese, and Chinese art and calligraphy owing to my calligrapher father's tutoring early in my life.

My philosophy of education is that learning must be a heuristic process of exploration, questions are far more important than answers. Both abstract subject such as mathematics and concrete ones such as art can be equally fascinating and stimulating.

Geniuses are made, not born. I expect students to work hard. Practice perfects our learning.

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Joseph’s subjects

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Philosophy, Physics, Psychology
American History, European History, Religion, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Chinese, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading


I am certified to teach Mandarin Chinese by ISBE with middle school endorsement. I have taught Mandarin Chinese in public school for three years. I am native speaker. My ISBE teaching certification includes Mandarin Chinese, science endorsements, self-contained classroom. I will get ESL endorsement at the end of this Spring, 2011.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am certified by ISBE to teach K-9 self-contained classroom, with Mandarin Chinese and science, and middle school endorsement. I have been teaching all K-8th Mandarin Chinese for the last three years in public schools.


In 2010 through Dominican University's School of Education I received a grant from Brinson Foundation to complete ESL endorsement course work. Six courses in total of 18 credit hours of graduate course work are as follows:

EDU650 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English As a Second language: complete
EDU651 Methods and Materials for Teaching English As a Second Language: complete
EDU655 Language and Culture: Complete
EDU656 Linguistics and Language Development: Complete
EDU661 Literacy of ELL: Complete
EDU654 Assessment of ELL: present quarter, will complete this spring.

Upon completion of the above six courses and submitting an online portfolio, my ESL endorsement will be granted by ISBE.

I do not possess ESL classroom teaching experience since I have been teaching mainly Mandarin full time.


I came to the United States on a full scholarship to study theology and religion at University of Notre Dame. I earned a Master of Divinity degree in the United States four years later.

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East China University (Chemical Engineering)

The Chicago Theological Seminary (Master's)

Dominican University River Forest, Illinois (Master's)

Most excellent tutor — Joseph prepared our daughter to study in China. He was prompt, thorough, and creative in all his lessons. After months of intensive work I feel she is ready to go thanks to Joseph. Besides being well prepared to tutor a student of Mandarin, Joseph is able to teach about food, science, culture, and the arts, making him most suitable for anyone attempting to improve their mastering of this ancie ...

— Jim from Chicago, IL on 6/6/12

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Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

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Joseph will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60640.

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