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Andy

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United States
9:30 PM (GMT-04:00)
Cantonese
7
13
Cantonese
7
13

Speaks

English
Native
,
Cantonese
C2
,
Mandarin
C2
,
Spanish
B2
,
Greek
B1
,
Hebrew
A2
,
German
A1
,
Japanese
A1

About Me

Hi! My name is Andy, and I have been a teacher of some kind for over a decade now. Any time I have an interest in learning something, I find that the best test of how well I know it, is whether I can teach it! Presently, my career is as a music teacher, primarily teaching piano. In the past, I've also taught photography, rock climbing (and general outdoor activities), and academic subjects like English, History, and Psychology. Both my parents are Chinese, though I was born in America. My dad is from Shanghai (and grew up in Taiwan), so that's my Mandarin side. My mom is from Hong Kong, and hence the Cantonese side. I attended Chinese School growing up, which is where I learned the reading/writing Chinese from. In school, I studied Spanish, Ancient Hebrew, and Koine Greek too.

I believe the best kind of education relationship is a partnership between teacher and student. Before I teach, I want to learn about my student: what are your goals for learning the language? what are the practical applications that you need to be able to do? what are your interests? how do you learn best? Depending on what your goals are, we may focus on all the aspects of language (speaking, listening, reading, writing) or only on a few of those... it all depends on what you're hoping to accomplish!

Learning a language should be fun and natural, but it also takes work! Thus, I do expect students to do their part if there are "assignments" or practice exercises, because these benefit the student. If you as a student ever feel like something isn't effective, please tell me! I love feedback even if the feedback is "can we change things, I don't think this is helping me."

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Schedule

Teaching Expertise

Beginner
Upper Beginner
Intermediate
Upper Intermediate
Teenagers (12-18)
Adults (18+)
Curriculum
Homework
Learning Materials
Lesson Plans
Grammar Development
Listening Comprehension
Speaking Practice
Vocabulary Development

Résumé

Education

2015 - 2016
Master of Divinity
Liberty University - Lynchburg, VA
1999 - 2002
B.A. Education & Psychology
Wheaton College - Wheaton, IL

Work Experience

2011
Music Teacher- Piano and Guitar
Village Music School - Cary, NC
Teaching music to all ages, primarily piano and guitar, but also violin and drums
2004 - 2010
Youth Director
Raleigh Chinese Christian Church - Cary, NC
Teaching, training, developing 100+ teenagers and their families

Certifications

2016 - 2016
Master Certificate in TEFL
BridgeTEFL - Online
120 hour certification in language teaching, specifically English