Master's in Chinese Language and Culture
I began learning Mandarin 40 years ago and have since taught many students, each with their own goals. I have helped high school students do well in their A-level exams and assisted travellers who want to navigate China easily. I have gained a lot of valuable experience from these different experiences. I have noticed changes in Mandarin education, with technology playing an important part. I always try to stay updated by using new tools like apps and online resources in my lessons. I can mix traditional and modern methods to give students a complete experience.
Having a good understanding of grammar is very important for learning Mandarin well. In my A-level Mandarin classes, we concentrate on learning grammar accurately. We thoroughly study important rules and words. Students learn how to make long sentences correctly, which is important for talking and writing. By doing grammar exercises and using real-life examples, students learn Mandarin grammar well and can communicate clearly and effectively.
My daughter loves Benjamin’s lessons. She is a complete newbie and receives help for a summer course she is taking. My daughter's Chinese homework makes her happier than her schoolwork. We just started, but things are going well so far.
With Benjamin’s help, our daughter has come a long way. He has kept working with our daughter to help her learn more and push her. He is easy to schedule with and compassionate. I would recommend him to parents who want their kids to learn Mandarin easily
Doctorate in East Asian Studies
I got interested in Mandarin when I was in my early twenties during a trip to China. I personally observed the language's history, traditions, and how it is used in daily life. This experience sparked my interest in studying it further. After returning, I decided to study for a doctorate in East Asian Studies. I have been teaching Mandarin to students of all ages for 38 years. I have worked in various schools, both in-person and online. I changed how I teach to match what students need now. I have been lucky to teach many different types of people, such as professionals who want to do business in China and travellers who want to improve their trips.
Good writing skills are important for school and work. In my Mandarin classes for A-levels, we focus on improving our writing skills. Students complete different types of written assignments, such as essays, reports, and creative pieces. We focus on making writing organised, clear, and easy to understand. By practising writing regularly and receiving helpful feedback, students can become skilled at writing in Mandarin. This skill helps students do well in exams and also prepares them for future academic and career opportunities where good writing is important.
When my two girls took their first lesson with Samuel B, they loved the way he taught and how kind he was, which made them want to learn more Mandarin. My girls are taking Mandarin at school for a few years now, but they couldn't remember or use what they have learned. But in the two weeks since taking lessons with Samuel B, they have made clear progress in learning Chinese signs, speech, words, and more. In addition to that, he always gets his students excited about learning because every lesson is about something interesting and useful and is a lot of fun.
The sessions are informative, though a bit more focus on the technical aspects of the language would be beneficial.
Master's in Intercultural Communication
I started learning Mandarin when I was in Beijing for an exchange programme. This visit was supposed to be a few months long but ended up lasting a couple of years. I became very interested in the language and culture, so I started studying Mandarin and learning about its social and cultural aspects. After I came back, I got a degree in Intercultural Communication. For the last 18 years, I have been helping students learn Mandarin and teaching them about Chinese culture. I have enjoyed teaching students from different backgrounds, helping them become skilled in both the language and understanding China's diverse culture.
Improving reading skills is important for studying A-level Mandarin. In my classes, we read different types of texts like newspapers, books, and things we find on the internet. Reading a lot helps you learn new words and understand what you read better. Students learn how to read and understand different types of writing in Mandarin. This helps them feel more comfortable when reading various texts in Mandarin. Being able to read well is important because it helps students do well on tests and use language in everyday life.
Olivia is a great teacher, and I'm glad I was able to find her for our son. His A's show how good of a teacher she is. Good experience so far!
Her lessons offer a blend of traditional and modern Chinese culture. It's truly a rewarding experience.
Master's in Chinese Language and Culture
I started learning Mandarin when I took a year off after college to travel in China. I was captivated by the long history, lively cities, peaceful landscapes, and the charm of the language. This made me spend many years learning Mandarin, both spoken and written. In the last 16 years, I have been fortunate to teach at different schools and colleges. I have learned a lot about how people learn in different ways from these teaching experiences. I have helped students get ready for their A-level exams, supported adults with their professional communication, and advised travellers on how to have a great trip to China.
Every student has unique strengths and areas for improvement. In my A-level Mandarin classes, I adopt an individualized learning approach. I assess each student's proficiency level and change the lessons to address their specific needs. Whether a student requires extra help with speaking, writing, or grammar, I provide personalized guidance. This approach ensures that each student can progress at their own pace and receive the support they need to excel in A-level Mandarin.
I absolutely love my Mandarin class! The teacher is not only incredibly knowledgeable but also makes learning fun and engaging. The lessons are well-structured, with a perfect balance of speaking, listening, and writing activities. I've seen tremendous progress in my language skills, and I'm excited to keep learning.
I'm so happy with my Mandarin class.William is patient and helpful. The lessons are interesting, and we practice speaking a lot, which has made me feel more confident. I think I'm making great progress, and I'm grateful to have such a good teacher.
PhD in East Asian Linguistics
In the last twelve years, I have taught Mandarin to students with different backgrounds, ages, and levels of skill. I started my journey as a student in China, where I fell in love with the language and decided to become a teacher. I have worked with schools, universities, and private institutions to gain more knowledge and skills. One of the best parts of my journey has been helping people who are not from China and are moving there for work. I assist them with learning the language and getting used to the culture.
To become really good at Mandarin, it's important to know the culture it comes from. In my Mandarin classes, we learn about Chinese traditions, history, art, and modern life. By learning about Chinese culture, students can gain a deeper understanding of Mandarin that goes beyond just vocabulary and grammar. This method helps people learn languages and also helps them understand and appreciate China's culture.
Charlotte's method of teaching Mandarin is refreshing! Her focus on conversational skills had me speaking confidently in a short time.
Charlotte'sclasses are informative and enjoyable.. I had a great time working with her! She is nice, gentle, and very supportive, which really pushed me to keep learning the language. She had a lot of lessons ready, and we went through them together to figure out my ability to read and other things. I value how organized and concerned she was about the curriculum. For example, we did reading tasks together and went over the words I had trouble with in detail. You should learn Chinese with Charlotte for sure!