University of California, Los Angeles UCLA (Int Develop Chinese)
The mission of my education is to use language to create meaningful relationships with people from all over the world. I believe inspiring this zeal for language and cultural understanding at a young age is crucial. Building international relationships is becoming more and more necessary in our increasingly interconnected world. The next generation of leaders need to be equipped with the tools to be able to bridge the cultural gap.
My passion for Chinese language and culture was inspired by the relationships I have built studying and exploring China in these past 6 years. I began my study of Mandarin in high school and have continued throughout college at UCLA- receiving an “A” in all 6 levels of Mandarin Courses. In addition, I graduated High School early to attend "CET Mandarin Intensive" program in Beijing, China. This program had a language pledge; three words in English and your stay in Beijing was terminated.
My passion for language study is not exclusive to Mandarin. My mode of personal expression is through writing and public speaking as well. I am in the process of publishing a poetry anthology. In addition, this past April I backpacked alone through China and documented my adventures and stories about the people I met along the way.
I currently serve as a language exchange partner at the UCLA Dashew Center. This position entails meeting with a Chinese International Student and switching off practicing our respective native languages. While this program does not have a formal lesson plan, my partner and I have an extensive list of conversation topics that inspire meaningful (and practical) conversations.
My objective through tutoring Mandarin to young language learners is to make conversation natural and fun. I will prepare a simple survey on the onset of our first meeting to get to know the interests of the student to be able to cater the lesson to the age and personality of the student. In addition, I will prepare games, fun songs and picture exercises to create a positive association with the learning process. My goal is for the student to look forward to tutoring sessions and to inspire the student to want to share their skills with a pen pal abroad in China! The mission of my education is to use language to create meaningful relationships with people from all over the world. I believe inspiring this zeal for language and cultural understanding at a young age is crucial. Building international relationships is becoming more and more necessary in our increasingly interconnected world. The next
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