2014–: Mandarin Tutor, London and Online
I have coached four GCSE students towards an A*/A grade in their exam.
I delivered the full AQA GCSE syllabus for a client whose school did not offer Chinese.
I tailored a bespoke syllabus in Chinese for business for an adult complete beginner.
I adapted resources for a student enrolled in the US Advanced Placement programme.
2018: Classical Chinese Literature Tutor, Stanford at Oxford Programme
I designed and delivered a full-time tutorial course for a Stanford College undergraduate.
2016–2018: Modern and Classical Chinese Tutor, University, Queens, and Pembroke Colleges, Oxford
I prepared and delivered Modern and Classical Chinese tutorials for undergraduate students.
2017: English Teacher, Zhuoyue English College, Yangshuo, China
I prepared and delivered two weeks of dynamic, drama-based lessons for 7–9-year-olds.
2016: Classical Chinese Teacher, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford
I prepared and taught core-syllabus Classical Chinese language to 15+ undergraduates.
2016: East Asia Lecture Survey Lecturer, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford
I prepared and delivered three lectures on thought and literature in early China.
2012: Volunteer Interpreter and Mentor, Bread of Life Bakery, Langfang, China
I supported the staff’s English learning as well as their personal and professional development.
2012: Private English Tutor, Beijing, China
I developed a bespoke program of engaging, multimedia-based learning for a 9-year-old.
2012: English Teacher, private agency, Beijing, China
I developed and delivered multimedia lessons for a mixed-ability adult evening class.
I regularly receive superlative feedback. Most of my private tutoring relationships are maintained for a year or more, normally until the client completes their course and/or achieves their specified learning goal. My Oxford tutorial student from Stanford (2018) evaluated my overall performance at “5” out of 4 marks in official feedback, and my undergraduate Classical Chinese class (2016) nominated me for an Oxford University Student Union Outstanding Teaching Staff award.
Subjects I teach
Mandarin at all levels
English as a second language
Oxbridge entrance for Oriental Studies
Thesis and essay writing.
Currently reading for DPhil Oriental Studies, Pembroke College, Oxford
MA Sinology (Distinction), SOAS, London
BA Chinese Studies (First Class Honours), St Anne’s College, Oxford
My Passion And How I Inspire
I offer flexible Skype-based support to fit around the hectic schedules of the most ambitious students. My teaching is targeted and bespoke, with lessons planned in response to students’ specific long- and short-term goals, dovetailing, where applicable, with what’s covered at school.
For students in Mandarin, I particularly enjoy helping students develop their spoken communication skills (speaking, pronunciation, listening) and confidence in spontaneous conversation, grammar knowledge, and study skills for memorising vocabulary and characters. As a native English speaker who has learned Mandarin as a second language, I understand the technical – and emotional! – challenges learners face, and am ideally equipped to guide clients at all stages of this process.
My video Introduction
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