After graduating from university with a degree in Teaching Chinese as a foreign language, I worked as a language teacher teaching Chinese and English at Google, EF Education First, Gymboree and Melody preschool for eight years. In Google and EF, I was mainly training foreign engineers and foreign teachers Chinese; In Gymboree and Melody preschool, I was teaching very young children aged 0-6 English and Chinese through music and art. When working with children, I make sure the students enjoy themselves and use a variety of methods to keep them interested, including music, storytelling, arts & crafts and games. In Shanghai, I designed course curriculum for an English learning app called Jiliguala, and incorporated these methods in to courses for 0-6 years old children. The app has drawn over 3.5 million users in its first year. As a teacher for adult learners, I always work with my students to address their needs. I incorporate culture in to a way that will make material make sense, and most importantly, make it stick. I look forward to meeting new students!
I am an ESL/EFL and Chinese instructor with two and a half years of experience in contexts including corporate, NGO, and private institute settings. I have taught students of various proficiencies, from beginner to advanced, in topics ranging from integrated skills to TOEFL preparation. I am currently enrolled in the Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Others Languages one-year program and also doing my Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Chun (Rachel) Chen
Before joining in CTP program as a Chinese tutor, I’ve been teaching and tutoring both adults and kids for two years in and outside mainland China. I taught over 40 adults (colleges students and businessmen) Chinese in professional programs including CIB (Columbia in Beijing) Summer Program, CET Academic Programs (Beijing), IES Abroad Program (Shanghai), and Yuanpei Company (Guangzhou). I also provided one-on-one tutorials to kids (aged 3-12) Chinese classes in Hong Kong and the U.S.. My past exposures to multi-national cultures (students from the U.S., Korea, Southeast Asia, India, etc.) and a broad interest in various topics have helped me create lesson plans in a more efficient and dynamic way. I believe you will enjoy Chinese classes and achieve your goals in CTP program.
My name is Lanjun Cheng. I am from Guilin, China. Chinese teaching has become my career passion since I studied "Teaching Chinese as a Second Language" major during my undergraduate at Xi’an International studies University. I continued M.A. in Chinese Linguistic and Language Acquisition at University of Hong Kong. Afterwards, I was very lucky to be chosen as an intern at Columbia in Beijing Summer Program, where I was deeply inspired. After few years' Chinese teaching in different programs and Universities, I feel my teaching skills still need to be refined. At this point, I was very excited to know TCSOL program in TC. I value every single class here in the program. Even though I have learned many relevant courses, APA and Educational Linguistics are still new and super helpful for me. What's more, the program has Practicum course which allows us to do real teaching to Columbia students. In such a well-designed program, I believe my goal of being a "localized" high qualified Chinese Teacher in US is not far!
I am currently a second-year EdM student at TC in comparative and international Education. I had an MA in language teaching from the University of Warwick, England, and I started my TCSOL certificate program this September. I have taught English for four years in China and have been Chinese tutor to several English-speaking friends of mine. My teaching experience ranged from tutoring college students in small class size (1-15 students), to taking on a big classroom of middle/high school students. I enjoy being a language teacher and I care much about my students’ learning quality. I am confident that my solid foundation in applied linguistics, my dedication in language teaching, and my understanding of cross-cultural learning differences would benefit my prospective tutees’ Chinese learning in our Chinese Tutoring Program.
My parents were both teachers. Hearing and seeing what they had been doing in the field of education, I’ve been longing for being a respectable teacher since I was a child. Before attending TCSOL program, I received my bachelor’s in English and started pursuing a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages at Fordham University. I’ve been exposed to many reputable professors, resources and a multicultural learning environment in New York. I was inspired by one of my professors about the power of being a bilingual teacher, so I decided to embark on the journey of teaching in both languages. However, knowing the language does not mean you know how to teach the language. Even as a Chinese native speaker, I feel I lack in knowledge and experiences in Chinese teaching. Therefore, I decided to apply for the highly valued TCSOL One-year Certificate Program at Teachers College to help me strengthen both theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for operating effectively in a Chinese classroom.
My passion for learning Chinese began as an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College, although initially nervous about studying Chinese, I was quickly bitten by the “Chinese bug.” In order to further hone my Chinese language and cultural skills I studied in programs at Peking University and Beijing Language and Cultural University. Upon my return to the United States, I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. I continued my Chinese studies while completing my Master’s degree in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. I have taught English as a Second Language as well as Chinese to students of all ages and levels both in the classroom and privately over the past five years and am excited to bring my knowledge and love of the Chinese language to the Chinese Tutoring Program and hope to instill in my students not only the practical language knowledge that they are expecting, but also a deeper connection to the many aspects of language. I am proud to be a part of the Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages certificate program and hope I can inspire students who are thinking about studying Chinese to take the plunge just like I did.
Yu (Erin) Linging
I have been a teacher for 17 years; 11 years in the school of Chinese as a second/foreign language at Peking University for 5.5 years, Confucius Institute at Chulalonghorn University in Thailand for 2.5 years. But I still feel I have a lot to learn. So, I'm participating in TCSOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Columbia University to get further education. Yes, I want to be a great Chinese teacher. The most charming part of living in the world is experiencing different cultures. And language is the carrier of culture. If you want to experience "Mysterious Orient", follow me.