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Chinese, Mandarin Teacher & Tutor: Emma Tu

Private lessons, classes in Philadelphia, Pennylvania, United States or online via telephone, email, text chat, voice chat, video conferencing.

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 Profile of Emma Tu Date: July 25, 2014 
The Basics
Name: Emma Tu
Feedback rating: No student feedback
Self-study lessons: No online lessons
Language(s) to teach:
(N) Chinese, Mandarin

(N) = Also native language of teacher.
City: Philadelphia
State, province or region: Pennylvania
Country: United States
  • Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Lessons delivery:
  • Live in person
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Text chat
  • Voice chat
  • Video conferencing
    Program Summary
    Class sizes available:
  • Private Lessons
  • 2-3 students
  • 4-8 students
  • 9 or more students
  • Student proficiency levels:
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Facets available:
  • Grammar
  • Conversation
  • Study Abroad
  • Test Preparation

    Teaching Approach

    Why teach Chinese? Because I believe in its capacity to increase the neuroplastici ty of our brain, regardless of its age. We may not be able to perceive any physical changes our brain undergoes, but research has shown that if we put ourselves in a cognitively stimulating environment, the plasticity of our brain increases with growing new neuronal connections. I subscribe to brain-based language teaching and my highly interactive classroom is just such an environment. And the tonal and ideographic nature of Chinese makes it a language uniquely suited for such a task. In our changing world, one can never go wrong by trying to increase the agility of ones brain.

    Regardles s of what your potential motivation for learning may be, or how far you would like to travel on this quest, it is about the process that engages and benefits your mind and ultimately your heart.

    Program Description

    I am a language learning specialist. For ten years I have taught Mandarin Chinese to people of all ages in both private and public mainstream middle and high schools. I use a combination of commercially available and self-develope d curricular to make sure the materials optimize the effective learning of each individual learner.

    Teaching Experience

    In the past ten years, I teach Mandarin Chinese to learners in daycare, elementary school after-school programs, both public and private middle school and high school in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

    Teacher Training

    • M.S. Ed in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), 2011, University of Pennsylvania • Instructional I Certification s in K-12 Mandarin Chinese and Secondary Social Studies, June 2007 Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    • Certification s: Superior in Mandarin on Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), 2006
    • IB Mandarin B Certification (Diploma Programme, Level 2), International Baccalaureate North America Teacher Training Workshop, 2005

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: What is your teaching schedule?
    A: Both daytime and evening. Please write to inquire availability.

    Q: What is your payment policy?
    A: Both cash or credit (PayPal and Square); payment due before class.

    Q: What other relevant experience makes you a more effective teacher?
    A: I have been an English language learners (ELL) for thirty years. Learning it did not come easy for me, and I learned to speak, read, and write mostly on my own. Therefore, my experience in learning English has been a constant, reflective resource for me when I teach Mandarin Chinese.

    Cost of Lessons

    In-person: 60-minute session for single to multiple-lear ner group up to 6, $30 dollars for a single session and $90 dollars for monthly packet of 4 sessions.
    Online: 40-minute session, for single to multiple-lear ner group up to 6, $15 dollars for a single session; $45 dollars for monthly packet of 4 sessions.


    Profile Creation: July 25, 2014
    Profile Last Edit: July 25, 2014
    Last Login: July 25, 2014

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