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Ilana W.

Hamden, CT

$100/hour

An experienced, passionate, and friendly teacher

10+ Hours
5.0 average from 10 ratings
Knowledgable tutor
— Christopher, Hamden, CT on 7/31/16

$100/Hour


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Tel Aviv University
French literature
Yale University
Master's
INALCO
Master's

Education

Tel Aviv University (French literature)

Yale University (Master's)

INALCO (Master's)

About Ilana

In my early childhood, I inherited from my grandparents a photo-album of Beijing in the late nineteenth century. This album was my first exposure to Chinese culture. Those large sepia photos on thick glossy paper with their bewitching images of people and scenes beyond the realm of my daily experience and imagination, sparked an eager curiosity that years later led me to spend two and a half years exploring Chinese language and culture as an exchange student at Beijing University, and to return there a few years later as a teacher. Later still, I pursued my graduate studies of Chinese literature at Yale University. Over the years, teaching Chinese language and culture has become a true passion.

I believe that studying Chinese is valuable for everyone, and not only for pragmatic reasons. As educated people in a shrinking world, we need knowledge and understanding of China’s long history and its magnificent culture to teach tolerance and build relationships. Moreover, the singular grammar, tones, writing system, and inner logic of Chinese access areas of the brain devoted to non-verbal expression such as that of music, mathematics, and art. Studying Chinese is a unique and highly intellectual pursuit that empowers students to think in new ways.

Confucius said, “A craftsman who wishes to do good work must first sharpen his tools.” Mastery of grammar is the essential tool for understanding Chinese and is, therefore, the core value of my teaching. My foremost concern, at every level of study, is with correct, exacting, and accurate expression. Every text is taught through the perspective of grammar, and every grammatical rule or pattern is expressed in an equation form that is easy to memorize and to apply. I consider errors evidence of engagement with the material, and use them as accessories to enhance the learning process. Discussing errors helps students build critical analysis and effective reasoning skills. Ultimately, my goal is to cultivate students’ rigorous thinking and autonomy in studying, so that they can approach any text with confidence, and express every thought with clarity.

All my life, I have been either a student or a teacher, sometimes both at once—and the synergy between learning and teaching is my particular passion. As the Master said, “To learn something and then to put it into practice at the right time, is this not a joy?”

My teaching style is dynamic and interactive. It was formed and consolidated through my own long experience as a student of four foreign languages. My teaching is continuously developing, refined and adjusted to the personality and needs of each particular student. I incorporate different methods and accessories into my lessons, to engage every aspect of my student's learning and give her/him the fullest possible sense of the language and culture.

During my career as a teacher, I have taught students from the beginner's level through the advanced level, young and old. I enjoy not only the opportunity to share my passion for language with my students but also to build and develop a friendly working relationship.
In my early childhood, I inherited from my grandparents a photo-album of Beijing in the late nineteenth century. This album was my first exposure to Chinese culture. Those large sepia photos on thick glossy paper with their bewitching images of people and scenes beyond the realm of my daily experience and imagination, sparked an eager curiosity Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Hamden, CT 06517

"Knowledgable tutor"

- Christopher, Hamden, CT on 7/31/16

"Excellent tutor, works well with kids"

- Susan, New Haven, CT on 2/1/17

"review of Ilana W Hebrew and Jewish Culture Lesson"

- Jonathan, Woodbridge, CT on 4/10/16

"Delightful and productive tutor!"

- Mary, Westport, CT on 11/2/15
Language:
Chinese,
French,
Hebrew

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Chinese

Obtained M.Phil degree in Classical Chinese Literature from Yale University. Obtained M.A degree in Classical Chinese Literature from INALCO in Paris, France. Studied Chinese for two years at Beijing University. Taught Chinese for the past six years in an independent school in CT.

French

I grew up in a francophone household. I studied French literature and language at Tel Aviv University, and later went to Paris to pursue graduate studies in Chinese. My years in Paris not only perfected my language skills, but also offered a rare and exciting exposure to french life and culture. Besides teaching French privately, I was recently a French teacher at an independent school.

Hebrew

Hebrew is my mother tongue. I have a rich experience teaching Hebrew in various locations: I taught beginner, intermediate, advanced, and media Hebrew at Yale University; I taught beginner and intermediate Hebrew classes at Wesleyan University, CT; I taught advanced modern Hebrew at Beijing University; and I designed and taught Hebrew classes for children aged 5-13 at a Sunday school.

Tel Aviv University
French literature
Yale University
Master's
INALCO
Master's

Education

Tel Aviv University (French literature)

Yale University (Master's)

INALCO (Master's)

Knowledgable tutor

I was very impressed with my first session with Ilana and her knowledge of the Chinese language, pronunciation and characters. What I was most impressed with was her rigorous approach to teaching language, which isn't always possible from every tutor. It is clear that she has a lot of experience teaching languages.

— Christopher, Hamden, CT on 7/31/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $100.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ilana will travel within 35 miles of Hamden, CT 06517.