Sessions can focus on any particular aspect of the Chinese language, such as writing, listening, reading, and/or speaking.
Also, I can provide a pre-arranged lesson plan or can make one up to accommodate a student's particular needs depending on his/her requirements and requests.
Sessions can be any length and will usually consist of a short review of the last session's materials, an introduction to the day's topics, and then time to study and practice them in depth. At the end, we will have a period for any other questions as well.
I believe that as a former student myself I have a unique understanding of many of the difficulties learners face in tackling another language and can effectively communicate methods useful in overcoming those difficulties.
Furthermore, because of my experiences abroad I understand what language points are or are not useful for actual communication and what needs particular emphasis. This will help streamline the learning process which is important for learners who want to learn practical language efficiently.
Having lived in China I am also familiar with Chinese outside of the textbook such as cultural background, history, dialectical variations, and language nuances.
I have studied Chinese for nearly 8 years, with 4 years of intense classroom training in college (over 1000 class hours). During that time, I also studied abroad two terms in China at Peking University and Harbin Institute of Technology and placed second in the national 2009 Chinese Bridge Language Competition. After graduating, I lived and worked in China for 4 years as a language educator.
I am proficient in both simplified and traditional Chinese writing scripts and I have access to an extensive array of language resources for each student's individual needs.
Lastly, I will be completely devoted to my students and as such will do all I can to help them succeed.
In college I maintained a 4.0 GPA in my major (English/Literature). During that time, I studied and read writings from a variety of traditions, cultures, and backgrounds. I have written expository essays as well as detailed literary analyses on those and many other works. I am also extremely well versed in the field of literary theory, and in 2012 I wrote the unit on postmodern literature for a college textbook (in English) at Henan Polytechnic University.
In general, I have written on numerous topics, such as literary analysis, film/television, art, politics/government, law, philosophy, cultural studies, linguistics, history, religion, and economics. While in high school, I scored a 5 on the AP Literature and Composition exam and an 800 (top score) on the SAT II Writing exam.
I also have had experience as an ESL/EFL teacher at a university in China and thus understand well the countless aspects encountered when studying English, from grammar and vocabulary to reading and writing skills.
Specifically regarding literature, the approach that I try to teach is one that allows students to view it more comprehensively and also to encourage students to form their own opinion. In my view, a student's opinion is never wrong as long as he/she can support it and the methods to support one's ideas are what I try to cultivate. The notion that there is one "right" way to read and understand literature is, I believe, a flawed one. Rather, giving students their own voice, so to speak, lets them genuinely enjoy having more of a say when discussing prose and poetry. In this way, I believe students feel more involved, and hence more interested and excited about their studies.
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