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Joseph L.

Chicago, IL

$55/hr

Mandarin Chinese & Mathematics by LLH

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Mandarin Chinese & Mathematics by LLH

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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.

Testimonials

"Most excellent tutor"

- Jim, Chicago, IL on 6/6/12

"Very patient, knowledgeable, and thorough tutor"

- Janice, Chicago, IL on 12/2/14

"Mandarin"

- Judy, Niles, IL on 1/2/12
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Philosophy, Physics, Psychology
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Religion,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
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

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Chinese

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.

ESL/ESOL

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.

Religion

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.

East China University
Chemical Engineering
The Chicago Theological Seminary
Master's
Dominican University River Forest, Illinois
Master's

Education

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, Chicago, IL on 6/6/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

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


About Joseph

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.

Testimonials

"Most excellent tutor"

- Jim, Chicago, IL on 6/6/12

"Very patient, knowledgeable, and thorough tutor"

- Janice, Chicago, IL on 12/2/14

"Mandarin"

- Judy, Niles, IL on 1/2/12
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Education

East China University
Chemical Engineering
The Chicago Theological Seminary
Master's
Dominican University River Forest, Illinois
Master's

Education

East China University (Chemical Engineering)

The Chicago Theological Seminary (Master's)

Dominican University River Forest, Illinois (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60640

Joseph’s Subjects

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

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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