Harvard College (Classics)
Princeton University (Graduate Coursework)
I’ve been teaching Latin, Chinese and ESL with Wyzant since 2011. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my students gain confidence as their skills develop.
I first began learning Mandarin when I was seven and Latin when I was twelve. Since then, I have studied these and other languages at Phillips Academy, Harvard College, and Princeton University. From the beginning, I was always intensely interested not only in learning the languages themselves, but also in observing the ways in which they were taught. I often found myself helping my classmates when they struggled to understand a lesson or prepare for an exam.
In my experience, the process of learning a foreign language really brings out the individual in all of us. We all think about language in different ways, and every student faces different challenges along the path to proficiency. That’s why I make a point of preparing each lesson individually, no matter how many times I have taught the same content in the past. After all, every student brings a fresh perspective to each new lesson, and every student deserves to have his or her particular needs addressed.
I teach from my home office and am generally available during weekdays, evenings and weekends. Whether you are hoping to master the rules of Latin syntax, nail those Mandarin tones or conquer the language of Shakespeare, I look forward to helping you achieve your goals! I’ve been teaching Latin, Chinese and ESL with Wyzant since 2011. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my students gain confidence as their skills develop.
I first began learning Mandarin when I was seven and Latin when I was twelve. Since then, I have studied these and other languages at Phillips Academy, Harvard College, and
Caitlin taught my son Latin lesson. She prepared lesson ahead of time. Her instruction is very clear. She is very good at what she is teaching. Thump up!
Caitlin is an excellent teacher. She's very knowledgeable, gives constructive feedback, and is approachable. Points for preparedness too - she even had an easel and whiteboard setup to demonstrate Chinese calligraphy!
My son has had 5 lessons with Caitlin. He is a challenging student - very bright but very disorganized and uncommitted. I let Caitlin know that he would be a challenge at the outset, and she dug in. She has adapted and re-adapted her approach to find the best path to success, including listening to my son and considering his input carefully as well as mine. In a situation where she could have focused on the content and left my son to sink or swim, she has gone the extra mile to address his learning challenges. We will continue with Caitlin as long as my son takes Chinese in school.
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I have extensive training in both spoken and written Chinese. I have studied advanced Mandarin at Harvard College, the Middlebury Summer Language Schools and Princeton-in-Beijing. I have also studied the earlier, literary form of Chinese, often known as Classical Chinese, both as an undergraduate at Harvard College and as a doctoral candidate at Princeton University.
In addition, I have a good deal of practical experience using Mandarin. I have lived and worked in Beijing for several years, trained as a Chinese-English medical interpreter, and have considerable experience as a translator for environmental organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council.
I have several years of experience teaching ESL to both children and adults. My first job out of college was at Beijing Normal University in the People's Republic of China, where I taught ESL to graduate students. More recently, I spent a couple of years living with a Chinese family in Beijing, where I taught ESL and Latin to their twin children. We had a wonderful time.
I studied Latin as an undergraduate at Harvard College, where I had a combined major in Classics and East Asian Studies. When I went on to graduate school, I turned my focus to Chinese literature, but I continue to rely on Classical literary theory in my research. And between 2008 and 2010, I found myself putting my Classical studies to use in an entirely different way as I lived with a Chinese family in Beijing and tutored their twin children in ESL and Latin. I had the time of my life.