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Tim P.

Patient ESL and Mandarin Chinese Tutor for kids and adults!

Patient ESL and Mandarin Chinese Tutor for kids and adults!

$75/hour

  • 182 hours tutoring

  • Pleasanton, CA 94588

"Great help!"

Judy, 5 lessons with Tim

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About Tim


Bio

I love to help those struggling with English as well as those who want to learn and understand Chinese language and culture! I am patient and flexible.

I have hundreds of hours of experience doing private tutoring in ESL and Mandarin Chinese, and years of classroom teaching experience that include teaching English and Business English at a university in China. For business people and other adults, I can help with individual or corporate trainings for those those traveling to China for fun or...

I love to help those struggling with English as well as those who want to learn and understand Chinese language and culture! I am patient and flexible.

I have hundreds of hours of experience doing private tutoring in ESL and Mandarin Chinese, and years of classroom teaching experience that include teaching English and Business English at a university in China. For business people and other adults, I can help with individual or corporate trainings for those those traveling to China for fun or business, including those of you adopting Chinese children, and arrange customized, useful orientations for individuals or groups in advance of meetings with Chinese people or government officials.

I have a good rapport with kids and know how to make learning fun and effective! I will be a great asset to your child's education journey or home school co-op!

I have worked as an Adult Education Teacher for Mandarin and as a Substitute Teacher in the Pleasanton School District for all grade levels and subjects. I was recently a Teacher at Valley Christian Schools, which included ELL classes and 6th grade beginning Chinese wheel course. At a top-rated public charter school in Oakland Unified School District I worked as a Mandarin Chinese Teacher for grade levels K-11, including AP Mandarin. I have worked at Chinese after school programs as well. The majority of my teaching experience, however, has been in the form of private tutoring.

There are some things that make me different from your typical Chinese or ESL teacher. I lived in Hong Kong from 1998 to 2000 and Kunming, China from 2000 to 2009, so I understand the difficulties of living in a different culture as well as learning a new language. It took years to understand the intricacies of Chinese culture, history and geography (including insights into geographic variations in accent and culture). There is an advantage to my insights and expertise, sometimes even over a native Chinese speaker, because I have the experience and perspective of dealing with Chinese people (including Chinese officials) as a non-Chinese person, so I can understand cultural situations and know how to resolve misunderstandings on BOTH sides.

While in China. I provided teaching sessions on a regular basis (about once a month) for visiting groups who came to China from around the world, for which I developed training materials, including customizable booklets to help them get around. I helped locals in China set up their own businesses which focused on orienting Westerners to China and teaching them language/culture lessons, and for this I created curricula and trained Chinese friends on how to use it. In addition, my wife and I adopted a Chinese son while in China, and, through the process, had to do all the complicated paperwork and negotiations with the Chinese officials entirely in Chinese language.

I am available week nights and sometimes on Saturdays. Ask to see my resume for more info.


Education

Cal State, East Bay, Hayward CA
Art, Multimedia

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $75
  • Rate details: Listed rate is for Mandarin. Negotiation is possible for other subjects. Group rates available.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Pleasanton, CA 94588
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Chinese, ESL/ESOL

English

ESL/ESOL

History

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

Can do Bible studies in Chinese.
Religion

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL

Language

Chinese, ESL/ESOL

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL

Other

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

Can do Bible studies in Chinese.
ESL/ESOL, Religion

Summer

Chinese, ESL/ESOL

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.6 (77 ratings)
5 star
(46)
4 star
(31)
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Reviews


Knowledgeable and Helpful

First lesson was excellent! We can count to 100 and learned several common phrases to work on this week. We look forward to our next lesson.

Chad, 4 lessons with Tim

Very knowledgeable and focused on learning (vs studying).

Great demeanor, works well with both kids and adults. Very focused on helping students learn to speak vs just "studying" the language, which is great.

Jeff, 4 lessons with Tim

Great lessons

Tim is a very good tutor. He gives me English as Second Language lessons. Tim listens to my needs and has great ideas how to improve my pronunciation or overcome accent problems. Tim encourages me to practice more and more and so to achieve the best results. He is patient and interested. Tim is also flexible and reliable. I am very happy to have chosen Tim as my tutor and would highly recommend him to my friends.

Anna, 29 lessons with Tim

$75/hour

Tim P.

$75/hour

  • No subscriptions or upfront payments

  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

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