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Kaden T.

Austin, TX

$35/hour

TEFL-certified Language Tutor

In-person lessons
100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/20/16
5.0 average from 47 ratings
Knowledgeable and patient teacher
— Charles, Austin, TX on 4/21/17

$35/Hour


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Simpson College
Spanish, International Management
Tsinghua University
Other
Texas health and science university
Graduate Coursework

Education

Simpson College (Spanish, International Management)

Tsinghua University (Other)

Texas health and science university (Graduate Coursework)

About Kaden

Hi there!

I absolutely love teaching! My subject specialties are Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and English, especially ESL. There's nothing like the rush of putting foreign language skills to the test in real-time conversation. I used Spanish every day during my semester abroad in Argentina, and I learned the importance of active practice when learning a foreign language.

After Argentina, I decided to go to China to improve my Chinese in the same way I did with Spanish, so I enrolled in full time Chinese classes at Tsinghua University in Beijing for a year and a half. While there, I not only learned Chinese but also effective teaching methods. I discovered which methods led to the most success in retention, and I now apply those techniques to my tutoring. Repetition and active practice are a big piece of the equation!

During the past 2 years, I became TEFL certified and taught ESL to children in rural Taiwan. It was there that I really developed my teaching style and learned to adjust my teaching based on the individual needs of students. I learned how to challenge and connect with the students, all while having fun. Not only that, I had to rely on my Chinese every day outside the classroom and translate for my non-Chinese speaking co-workers.

Back in Austin, I look forward to each tutoring session and love to see my students' continuous improvement. Being able to communicate is the most important part of language learning, but I can also help students prepare for exams and get ahead in class. Teaching is one of my many passions. Let me help you reach your goals!
Hi there!

I absolutely love teaching! My subject specialties are Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and English, especially ESL. There's nothing like the rush of putting foreign language skills to the test in real-time conversation. I used Spanish every day during my semester abroad in Argentina, and I learned the importance of active practice
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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78749
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Knowledgeable and patient teacher"

- Charles, Austin, TX on 4/21/17

"Great tutor!"

- Susan, Austin, TX on 2/11/17

"Great tutor"

- Xiaojian, West Des Moines, IA on 11/19/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Science:
Psychology
Music:
Flute,
Guitar
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
History:
Religion
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Martial Arts

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Chinese

I started studying Mandarin Chinese at Simpson College in 2008. For the past 3.5 years, I've been living in both China and Taiwan. I spent a year and a half in China studying Chinese at Zhejiang University and Tsinghua University, where I was placed in the advanced Chinese language level. The past two years have been spent living the rural city of Yilan, Taiwan teaching English and using my Chinese daily.

I am comfortable with all aspects of the language - reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar. Since I have learned both simplified and traditional Chinese characters, I can teach either style. I have a deep understanding of Chinese and Asian culture and can help students prepare to travel to China or Taiwan.

English

I am TEFL certified and taught English as a second language full-time for two years. I got perfect grades in my AP English classes and have been tutoring students in English for nearly one year and have helped students prepare for the English section on standardized testing. It is also my native language.

ESL/ESOL

I obtained TEFL certification in 2015 and spent two years teaching English as a second language in Taiwan to students, aged 3-15. I was employed by Hess International Education Group.

Flute

I have played the flute for over 8 years. I've played in marching bands, concert bands, woodwind orchestras at school, and I have also participated in solo competitions. I play the piccolo as well.

Guitar

I took guitar lessons for several years and played in a 5 member group which performed every week. I play both acoustic and electric guitar.

Martial Arts

I earned my black belt in taekwondo in 2009 and have experience instructing beginners and intermediate practitioners of all ages. I have done both individual and group teaching. My style is ITF/ATA, or non-Olympic style. I have also studied other martial arts, including hapkido, wing-chun, nunchaku, jeetkundo, tai chi, bagua, and Chinese kung-fu.

Phonics

I have taught phonics lessons to groups of students in a classroom setting for almost two years. I have taught ABC's to preschoolers and more complex phonics to elementary school students. I focus on student speaking time, repetition, recognition, and practice, sometimes including games in the lesson.

Public Speaking

When I taught a speech class at Hess International Education Group in Taiwan, one of my students became a finalist in a national speech competition. I also have a lot of presentation experience. I was the host during my company's end of year kindergarten performance, and I have nearly two years of experience teaching in a classroom. I often use Dale Carnegie's book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" and tips I learned from a public speaking seminar when teaching these skills.

Reading

I taught English to elementary-aged students in Taiwan for two years, which included reading. Students performed successfully on my tests in reading comprehension and retention, vocabulary, and related grammatical structures. I worked with students to understand the surface meaning of the text and to also think critically about it.

Religion

I minored in religion during undergrad. I have been to many different religious services, but my specialty is Buddhism and Christianity. I attended Zen Buddhist meditation services for several years and also learned about Buddhism during my two years in Taiwan.

Spanish

I started my Spanish studies 11 years ago and have studied abroad in both Argentina and Costa Rica. During my semester in Argentina I was the top student in my Spanish language classes. I also translated the website of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence into Spanish.

Simpson College
Spanish, International Management
Tsinghua University
Other
Texas health and science university
Graduate Coursework

Education

Simpson College (Spanish, International Management)

Tsinghua University (Other)

Texas health and science university (Graduate Coursework)

Knowledgeable and patient teacher

Kaden is a good Spanish teacher for my 8 yr old. He is counting and learning basic Spanish sentence, grammar, and favorite animals in less than a month. My son is hyperactive but Kaden is able to get him to learn even while he is jumping around. My son also calls him his best friend.

— Charles, Austin, TX on 4/21/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kaden will travel within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78749.