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I taught Chinese and French in Dual Immersion Programs at various Elementary Schools in Utah. I also teach high school/middle school French and Chinese. I LOVE learning and studying second languages. I learned Chinese first as a missionary in Taiwan, and second as a Master's student, studying in Qingdao, China and then in The Chinese Flagship Program at The Ohio State University.
The Chinese Flagship program focuses on helping its students to be able to perform appropriately in Chinese culture, in their field, whether business, medicine, etc. at the professional level in China. My research focused on Cross-Cultural Communication, specifically how Chinese students' experience studying abroad in America affect their ability to communicate effectively in the Chinese work environment when they return to the mainland. Because of my research and experience in China, I help student develop their Interpersonal communication skills in the Chinese culture. Mainland China is still a very structured hierarchical society, and if you can learn to work your social network in China, you're Chinese language skills will be far more effective.
In addition to helping develop cultural knowledge, students will greatly benefit from my instruction on how to speak Mandarin. I received an "Advanced-Mid" on my ACTFL OPI for Chinese. My program director at OSU, rated my speaking ability at a "superior" level on the ACTFL scale. My experiences learning how to speak was very regimented and extremely practical. I believe that building speaking capacity is where I feel I can be of most help to you.
As far as instruction for reading Chinese, I have no trouble with college Chinese textbook coursework and can provide a strong foundation for reading and writing. For example, I can also explain to you how the writing system works,including the evolution of the different types of characters, radicals, and word formations.I can also show you how to use resources that will help you tackle the enormous task of learning to read and write in Chinese. I also have extensive experience in giving oral presentations in Chinese, recapping the research that I've done. Finally, having spent the past 12 years of my life studying languages, I've developed many personal strategies to practically tackle learning a new language. (My undergraduate studies were primarily focused on French language studies)
You can be confident that my pronunciation is native-like, and my tones are dead on! I will be able to help you speak the language very well, if you are willing to the time into it. That's my one true guarantee.
I lived in Taiwan for 2 years. Upon returning to the United States I attended The Ohio State University Chinese Flagship program where I studied Advanced Chinese language and culture as a Master's student for one year. I taught high school/elementary school Chinese while I was there. After I year, I decided to become a teacher. I am currently a 2nd grade Chinese Immersion teacher at Draper Elementary in Draper,UT. I also teach a Chinese class a few times a week on the side for college students interested in learning Chinese. As far a language certificated qualifications go, I took the ACTFL language test about a year ago and received an "Advanced-Mid". My program director at OSU rated me a "superior" on the ACTFL scale in oral language ability.
I have been studying French for almost 10 years now. I have a B.A. in French Studies and experience both teaching and tutoring French in public schools! I specialize in helping beginners learn to speak French confidently and quickly! Although I am not a native speaker, I have been told by native speakers that I have "a Parisian accent", which I spend a lot of time teaching my students. Without correct pronunciation in French, it is very hard to read aloud French texts and understand spoken French. I will help you develop speaking and listening skills and then work up to fluency in reading and writing!
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