What do I teach?
I teach French
. I have experience teaching elementary school, high school, and adults. I've taught in public schools for five years and now I tutor while I finish a master's degree in Foreign Language
Teaching at Michigan State University.
I taught Chinese and French in Dual Immersion Programs at various Elementary Schools in Utah. I have also taught high school/middle school French and Chinese. I LOVE learning and studying second languages. I've been studying French since I was 13 years old. In college I graduated with a degree in French studies and lived in an immersion foreign language
residence where I achieved a fluency in the language. During my junior year of college, I left on a church mission for the LDS church for a 1.5 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 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.
My education and immersion experience learning language has given me both language expertise and insightful cultural knowledge. First, The French program at BYU was grammatically rigorous and infused with French civilization and culture.
Next, living at the foreign language housing at BYU exposed me to the colloquial French used by my foreign roommates and intimate cultural lessons over nightly dinners. My French quickly improved and the intimidation of culturally offending a frenchman subsided.
Third, 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 at OSU 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 can help students 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.