Chinese Mandarin and Spanish are the foreign languages that I am available to tutor in. I have been a language analyst in the Air Force for the last 10 years and am beginning to work towards my Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese Mandarin. While learning Chinese I tutored Spanish to another military student who then was able to pass his required Spanish test. My listening and reading levels of Chinese Mandarin on the ILR (Inter-agency Language Roundtable) scale are a 2+ and 2+. This means that I have close to a native ability in the Chinese language. For Spanish, my scores were a 2 and 2. I have not taken a speaking test in either language in quite a long time, but I will be taking one within the next year for Chinese Mandarin.
I completed the Spanish program at Northwestern College in 2001. I have a bachelor's degree in Spanish. I was accepted to work for the Border Patrol in 2002, but decided that it wasn't for me and joined the Air Force instead in 2003. I just finished my Air Force career this year.
I have an associate's degree in Chinese Mandarin. Although I only received an Associate's Degree in Chinese, this language ability is the strongest for me. I finished this degree in 2005 which was awarded by the Defense Language Institute. I have continued to take Chinese language classes almost every year since then to keep the language fresh. If I haven't had a class, I have studied the language on my own.
I have an associate's degree in Communications Applications Technology. This degree was awarded from the Community College of the Air Force in 2008 or 2009. I completed the last credits for it in 2008.
I am in the process of getting my master's degree in Secondary Education-Teaching Chinese.
My tutoring methods depend upon the level of the student. I will normally use whatever language materials he or she has been provided with in language class. If the student is starting with no knowledge of the language, we will begin with the alphabet (if applicable) and pronunciation. In the past, I have used flashcards for both Chinese Mandarin and Spanish. The tutoring method also depends upon the learning style of the student.
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