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Jennifer G.

Mandarin Chinese made easy, and ESL for all!

Mandarin Chinese made easy, and ESL for all!

$50/hour

  • 76 hours tutoring

  • Springfield, IL 62703

About Jennifer


Bio

Hello!
I'm Jen.
The tutoring services I offer are Mandarin Chinese Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening; and ESL (English as a second language) for non-native speakers. I believe I am uniquely suited for these areas because of my education and experience.
I graduated from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Chinese Language and Culture. I have lived almost twelve years in China, continuing my education and teaching English at all levels from kindergarten to...

Hello!
I'm Jen.
The tutoring services I offer are Mandarin Chinese Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening; and ESL (English as a second language) for non-native speakers. I believe I am uniquely suited for these areas because of my education and experience.
I graduated from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Chinese Language and Culture. I have lived almost twelve years in China, continuing my education and teaching English at all levels from kindergarten to adults. I have mastered Mandarin Chinese, and can also speak several south/south-western Chinese dialects.
All together, I have 15 years of teaching experience, including transition tutoring, IELTS/TOEFL training, business English, US History, pronunciation and speech therapy, private tutoring, multimedia lectures, adult education, and teacher-training. I did transition tutoring for two years at Edison Middle School in Champaign for a group of 9 Chinese immigrant children who needed tutoring in all of their subjects in their native Mandarin, as well as intensive English to prepare them to join their peers in classes taught by American teachers. I have trained teachers and offered speech therapy/pronunciation courses at China's Southwest Normal University in Chongqing, taught US history (in Mandarin) for an adult education program at Yunnan University in Kunming, completed a three-year contract at Zhaotong Teacher's College which included Business English, Listening Comprehension, Oral English, and Tourism English, and most recently, through WyzAnt, I have tutored Chinese exchange students and working professionals in Chinese and English. Over the years, I have also offered IELTS/TOEFL training at private schools in Chongqing, Sichuan and Yunnan, taught English at several kindergartens (part-time), and tutored many Westerners (American, British, French) in Mandarin Chinese as well as the Kunming dialect of Mandarin.
I especially enjoy teaching pronunciation because this aspect of language teaching is often overlooked by other teachers. I take pride in sounding completely native when I speak Chinese, and several people upon meeting me for the first time were surprised because they assumed I was Chinese over the phone. I can help any student to sound natural when speaking Mandarin, and can also help to make sense of difficult Chinese characters (Traditional or Simplified). I can also help new-comers to America to streamline their English- to make it sound more natural, improve listening skills, increase speaking speed, and make writing error-free. My specialty, of course is teaching English to native Mandarin speakers, but I will also be able to help Spanish speakers, or French speakers, or speakers of any other language as long as there is a basic English foundation in place for communication in the classroom.
Many of my students have gone on to study abroad, received scholarships and speaking awards, and quite a few are continuing their education in graduate schools across the globe. I guarantee that my tutoring will begin to yield tangible results within 3-5 teaching hours, and I hope to continue to inspire students to further their education and broaden their horizons!
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!


Education

U OF I Champaign
Chinese

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  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Springfield, IL 62703
  • Lesson cancellation: 6 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Chinese,

Chinese

I have a B.A. in Chinese language and culture from the U of I, and I've lived in China for 11 years. Areas of expertise include: Mandarin Chinese speaking, Putonghua, Beijing dialect, Kunming/Yunnan dialect; reading, traditional and simplified characters; writing, Chinese calligraphy, simplified and traditional; and listening, Putonghua, Beijing dialect, Sichuan dialect, Chongqing dialect, Kunming/Yunnan dialect.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is absolutely essential in language learning. Think of it as the glue that holds your meaning to the words you use. I have found that you can operate with a limited vocabulary as long as you know how to explain things. For this you need grammar. Grammar is also all-encompassing; you need it for all four aspects of a language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. My focus is not to overload you with terminology and sentence diagrams, but to teach language in chunks. Some words and phrases just go together naturally, and occur quite frequently in those groups. I will teach you to identify those groups when you read and listen, and to produce them in writing and speech. If you learn to think of a language in phrases and ideas rather than single words, grammar begins to come naturally. You know you've got it when incorrect grammar just starts to "feel" wrong. From there, everything else really is a piece of cake!
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Proofreading isn't just for editors and publishers; it is an essential skill for anyone who writes! If you are a student or someone who needs to write at work, you must have proofreading skills. Spell-check can only do so much... Being able to check your own work and avoid mistakes will ensure top grades and efficient communication. I can train your eye to spot the most common errors, not only in spelling but also grammar, word usage, and punctuation. With real-world practice, proofreading can become second nature!
ESL/ESOL

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is absolutely essential in language learning. Think of it as the glue that holds your meaning to the words you use. I have found that you can operate with a limited vocabulary as long as you know how to explain things. For this you need grammar. Grammar is also all-encompassing; you need it for all four aspects of a language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. My focus is not to overload you with terminology and sentence diagrams, but to teach language in chunks. Some words and phrases just go together naturally, and occur quite frequently in those groups. I will teach you to identify those groups when you read and listen, and to produce them in writing and speech. If you learn to think of a language in phrases and ideas rather than single words, grammar begins to come naturally. You know you've got it when incorrect grammar just starts to "feel" wrong. From there, everything else really is a piece of cake!
Reading,

Reading

The main reading skills are comprehension, speed, and critical evaluation. Sometimes reading comprehension can hinge on a tiny word or phrase, such as "and vice versa", or "in some circles". You can't miss those, or you will misunderstand the point of the material. Studying these phrases in context will improve comprehension. Reading speed is also a skill I can teach you- scanning and skimming can come in handy when the amount of material is too large. Reading for knowledge and reading for pleasure are two very different things, but I've found that if you start by learning speed reading skills with fun material, you can move faster when you get to the academic material. As well with critical evaluation, starting with familiar material is essential. With me you will learn to identify exactly which part of an author's views you disagree with or are skeptical of, and practice note-taking to sum up your ideas. The ability to read is truly a great gift that will keep giving all through your life!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

It's amazing what having the right study skills can do to improve grades and knowledge retention. Having a "plan of attack" before going to a lecture or reading a textbook chapter can help you stay organized and focused during learning. Study skills are also critical for practice and review of learned material. Some tried and true study methods I'm a fan of include knowing how to make efficient use of reference materials such as dictionaries, glossaries, bibliographies, and online sources; breaking down material into chunks or timelines by doing chapter outlines and bullet lists; making flashcards for vocabulary; shorthand for note-taking; and skimming to find main ideas and key words in text. There are too many study skills to list here, and each student may use a different combination to reach their goals.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Learning new words can be fun! In many educational situations, memorizing lists of vocabulary words can be dry and boring, but it doesn't have to be. By learning new study habits and retention methods, you can make vocabulary fun and interesting. Vocabulary retention by association and practice is just one method. The study of word roots, prefixes, and suffixes will give you the tools to deduce the meaning of each new word you come across (and give you the ability to make up your own silly words!). Other methods particularly useful in ESL and foreign language are songs, flashcards, rhymes, and memory games. I can not only help you learn the words you need now, but also give you the tools to learn on your own in the future!

English

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is absolutely essential in language learning. Think of it as the glue that holds your meaning to the words you use. I have found that you can operate with a limited vocabulary as long as you know how to explain things. For this you need grammar. Grammar is also all-encompassing; you need it for all four aspects of a language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. My focus is not to overload you with terminology and sentence diagrams, but to teach language in chunks. Some words and phrases just go together naturally, and occur quite frequently in those groups. I will teach you to identify those groups when you read and listen, and to produce them in writing and speech. If you learn to think of a language in phrases and ideas rather than single words, grammar begins to come naturally. You know you've got it when incorrect grammar just starts to "feel" wrong. From there, everything else really is a piece of cake!
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Proofreading isn't just for editors and publishers; it is an essential skill for anyone who writes! If you are a student or someone who needs to write at work, you must have proofreading skills. Spell-check can only do so much... Being able to check your own work and avoid mistakes will ensure top grades and efficient communication. I can train your eye to spot the most common errors, not only in spelling but also grammar, word usage, and punctuation. With real-world practice, proofreading can become second nature!
Reading,

Reading

The main reading skills are comprehension, speed, and critical evaluation. Sometimes reading comprehension can hinge on a tiny word or phrase, such as "and vice versa", or "in some circles". You can't miss those, or you will misunderstand the point of the material. Studying these phrases in context will improve comprehension. Reading speed is also a skill I can teach you- scanning and skimming can come in handy when the amount of material is too large. Reading for knowledge and reading for pleasure are two very different things, but I've found that if you start by learning speed reading skills with fun material, you can move faster when you get to the academic material. As well with critical evaluation, starting with familiar material is essential. With me you will learn to identify exactly which part of an author's views you disagree with or are skeptical of, and practice note-taking to sum up your ideas. The ability to read is truly a great gift that will keep giving all through your life!
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Learning new words can be fun! In many educational situations, memorizing lists of vocabulary words can be dry and boring, but it doesn't have to be. By learning new study habits and retention methods, you can make vocabulary fun and interesting. Vocabulary retention by association and practice is just one method. The study of word roots, prefixes, and suffixes will give you the tools to deduce the meaning of each new word you come across (and give you the ability to make up your own silly words!). Other methods particularly useful in ESL and foreign language are songs, flashcards, rhymes, and memory games. I can not only help you learn the words you need now, but also give you the tools to learn on your own in the future!
Writing,

Writing

The subject of writing overlaps with spelling, vocabulary, and grammar and can be the trickiest thing to learn for some. I take the gradual approach: first, learn the art of penmanship; then learn to take notes and make lists; after that, move on to writing in complete sentences; next comes writing notes, texts and e-mails; lastly, you can begin to use sentence chains to form paragraphs and longer passages. I've taught at all levels, and can also help refine a student's academic writing or prose.
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL

Homeschool

Reading,

Reading

The main reading skills are comprehension, speed, and critical evaluation. Sometimes reading comprehension can hinge on a tiny word or phrase, such as "and vice versa", or "in some circles". You can't miss those, or you will misunderstand the point of the material. Studying these phrases in context will improve comprehension. Reading speed is also a skill I can teach you- scanning and skimming can come in handy when the amount of material is too large. Reading for knowledge and reading for pleasure are two very different things, but I've found that if you start by learning speed reading skills with fun material, you can move faster when you get to the academic material. As well with critical evaluation, starting with familiar material is essential. With me you will learn to identify exactly which part of an author's views you disagree with or are skeptical of, and practice note-taking to sum up your ideas. The ability to read is truly a great gift that will keep giving all through your life!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

It's amazing what having the right study skills can do to improve grades and knowledge retention. Having a "plan of attack" before going to a lecture or reading a textbook chapter can help you stay organized and focused during learning. Study skills are also critical for practice and review of learned material. Some tried and true study methods I'm a fan of include knowing how to make efficient use of reference materials such as dictionaries, glossaries, bibliographies, and online sources; breaking down material into chunks or timelines by doing chapter outlines and bullet lists; making flashcards for vocabulary; shorthand for note-taking; and skimming to find main ideas and key words in text. There are too many study skills to list here, and each student may use a different combination to reach their goals.
Writing,

Writing

The subject of writing overlaps with spelling, vocabulary, and grammar and can be the trickiest thing to learn for some. I take the gradual approach: first, learn the art of penmanship; then learn to take notes and make lists; after that, move on to writing in complete sentences; next comes writing notes, texts and e-mails; lastly, you can begin to use sentence chains to form paragraphs and longer passages. I've taught at all levels, and can also help refine a student's academic writing or prose.
ESL/ESOL

Language

Chinese,

Chinese

I have a B.A. in Chinese language and culture from the U of I, and I've lived in China for 11 years. Areas of expertise include: Mandarin Chinese speaking, Putonghua, Beijing dialect, Kunming/Yunnan dialect; reading, traditional and simplified characters; writing, Chinese calligraphy, simplified and traditional; and listening, Putonghua, Beijing dialect, Sichuan dialect, Chongqing dialect, Kunming/Yunnan dialect.
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL

Most Popular

Reading,

Reading

The main reading skills are comprehension, speed, and critical evaluation. Sometimes reading comprehension can hinge on a tiny word or phrase, such as "and vice versa", or "in some circles". You can't miss those, or you will misunderstand the point of the material. Studying these phrases in context will improve comprehension. Reading speed is also a skill I can teach you- scanning and skimming can come in handy when the amount of material is too large. Reading for knowledge and reading for pleasure are two very different things, but I've found that if you start by learning speed reading skills with fun material, you can move faster when you get to the academic material. As well with critical evaluation, starting with familiar material is essential. With me you will learn to identify exactly which part of an author's views you disagree with or are skeptical of, and practice note-taking to sum up your ideas. The ability to read is truly a great gift that will keep giving all through your life!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

It's amazing what having the right study skills can do to improve grades and knowledge retention. Having a "plan of attack" before going to a lecture or reading a textbook chapter can help you stay organized and focused during learning. Study skills are also critical for practice and review of learned material. Some tried and true study methods I'm a fan of include knowing how to make efficient use of reference materials such as dictionaries, glossaries, bibliographies, and online sources; breaking down material into chunks or timelines by doing chapter outlines and bullet lists; making flashcards for vocabulary; shorthand for note-taking; and skimming to find main ideas and key words in text. There are too many study skills to list here, and each student may use a different combination to reach their goals.
Writing,

Writing

The subject of writing overlaps with spelling, vocabulary, and grammar and can be the trickiest thing to learn for some. I take the gradual approach: first, learn the art of penmanship; then learn to take notes and make lists; after that, move on to writing in complete sentences; next comes writing notes, texts and e-mails; lastly, you can begin to use sentence chains to form paragraphs and longer passages. I've taught at all levels, and can also help refine a student's academic writing or prose.
ESL/ESOL

Other

Study Skills,

Study Skills

It's amazing what having the right study skills can do to improve grades and knowledge retention. Having a "plan of attack" before going to a lecture or reading a textbook chapter can help you stay organized and focused during learning. Study skills are also critical for practice and review of learned material. Some tried and true study methods I'm a fan of include knowing how to make efficient use of reference materials such as dictionaries, glossaries, bibliographies, and online sources; breaking down material into chunks or timelines by doing chapter outlines and bullet lists; making flashcards for vocabulary; shorthand for note-taking; and skimming to find main ideas and key words in text. There are too many study skills to list here, and each student may use a different combination to reach their goals.
ESL/ESOL

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

It's amazing what having the right study skills can do to improve grades and knowledge retention. Having a "plan of attack" before going to a lecture or reading a textbook chapter can help you stay organized and focused during learning. Study skills are also critical for practice and review of learned material. Some tried and true study methods I'm a fan of include knowing how to make efficient use of reference materials such as dictionaries, glossaries, bibliographies, and online sources; breaking down material into chunks or timelines by doing chapter outlines and bullet lists; making flashcards for vocabulary; shorthand for note-taking; and skimming to find main ideas and key words in text. There are too many study skills to list here, and each student may use a different combination to reach their goals.

Summer

Chinese,

Chinese

I have a B.A. in Chinese language and culture from the U of I, and I've lived in China for 11 years. Areas of expertise include: Mandarin Chinese speaking, Putonghua, Beijing dialect, Kunming/Yunnan dialect; reading, traditional and simplified characters; writing, Chinese calligraphy, simplified and traditional; and listening, Putonghua, Beijing dialect, Sichuan dialect, Chongqing dialect, Kunming/Yunnan dialect.
Reading,

Reading

The main reading skills are comprehension, speed, and critical evaluation. Sometimes reading comprehension can hinge on a tiny word or phrase, such as "and vice versa", or "in some circles". You can't miss those, or you will misunderstand the point of the material. Studying these phrases in context will improve comprehension. Reading speed is also a skill I can teach you- scanning and skimming can come in handy when the amount of material is too large. Reading for knowledge and reading for pleasure are two very different things, but I've found that if you start by learning speed reading skills with fun material, you can move faster when you get to the academic material. As well with critical evaluation, starting with familiar material is essential. With me you will learn to identify exactly which part of an author's views you disagree with or are skeptical of, and practice note-taking to sum up your ideas. The ability to read is truly a great gift that will keep giving all through your life!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

It's amazing what having the right study skills can do to improve grades and knowledge retention. Having a "plan of attack" before going to a lecture or reading a textbook chapter can help you stay organized and focused during learning. Study skills are also critical for practice and review of learned material. Some tried and true study methods I'm a fan of include knowing how to make efficient use of reference materials such as dictionaries, glossaries, bibliographies, and online sources; breaking down material into chunks or timelines by doing chapter outlines and bullet lists; making flashcards for vocabulary; shorthand for note-taking; and skimming to find main ideas and key words in text. There are too many study skills to list here, and each student may use a different combination to reach their goals.
Writing,

Writing

The subject of writing overlaps with spelling, vocabulary, and grammar and can be the trickiest thing to learn for some. I take the gradual approach: first, learn the art of penmanship; then learn to take notes and make lists; after that, move on to writing in complete sentences; next comes writing notes, texts and e-mails; lastly, you can begin to use sentence chains to form paragraphs and longer passages. I've taught at all levels, and can also help refine a student's academic writing or prose.
ESL/ESOL

Test Preparation

TOEFL

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Enthusiastic teacher

My daughter loved her first Mandarin lesson with Jennifer. She left very motivated to practice what she had learned. Will definitely continue with lessons. Highly recommend.

Gwen, 4 lessons with Jennifer
Tutor responded:

Gwen, Thank you so much for the review! That was very nice of you. :-) Flossie is a pleasure to work with. I look forward to seeing you guys tomorrow! Best, Jen

Jennifer is an excellent tutor.

Jennifer is an excellent teacher. She has been my English teacher for the past six months and my English has improved a lot. She is also fluent in Mandarin. She is patient and systematic in her teaching. She prepared the learning materials carefully before she started a class. I recommend Jennifer as an excellent teacher both in English and in Mandarin.

Xin, 10 lessons with Jennifer
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