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Chinese, Mandarin Teacher & Tutor: Crystal Pan Balish

Private lessons, classes in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland or online via telephone, email, text chat, voice chat, video conferencing.

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 Profile of Crystal Pan Balish Date: June 2, 2016 
The Basics
Name: Crystal Pan Balish
Feedback rating: No student feedback
Self-study lessons: No online lessons
Language(s) to teach:
Chinese, Mandarin

(N) = Also native language of teacher.
City: Glasgow
State, province or region: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
  • 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
  • Business
  • Test Preparation

    Teaching Approach

    let's face it not many language teachers have a combination of real business experience in both China and the UK and a International Chinese Language Teacher Certificate. This experience and credential allow me not only to teach a language but also to teach the language within a historical, cultural and business context. There are no generic formulas or set recipes to follow, but innovative methods, tailored to individual learners, which engage learners by incorporating storytelling, business case studies, songs and games into my learning materials.
    Unlike the traditional approach, focusing only on listening and speaking, shying away from reading and writing characters, my holistic system of teaching Mandarin is a carefully designed balance of all these aspects. The sooner you are exposed to the Chinese characters, the easier it is when the time comes to reading and writing, as you will have gradually become familiar with the characters from the outset and had time to assimilate them. This innovative methodology makes Chinese easy to learn and easy to remember.

    My experience of living and working within both cultures enables me to appreciate the challenges of learning Chinese especially from an English native speaker’s perspective. That means the language I use to explain Chinese sounds, characters and the structure of sentences, I will use clear and simple languages to make sure you will get it.

    To summarise, this dynamic combination of businesswoman , linguist, innovative methodology and cross cultural expertise sets me apart from all other Mandarin teachers.

    Program Description

    I am a linguist with a genuine interest in history and the usage of language. I am approved by the Chinese Government to teach Chinese language international ly. I also specialise in cross-cultura l awareness between China and Britain, in a business setting. I have provided consultancy services to the Scottish Government and local companies both large and small in Chinese business culture and etiquette. What you will learn from me is not just a language, you also will understand the nuances of Chinese language, culture and etiquette. My philosophy is simple - Teach a Man to Fish!

    My generic programmes include:
    * Business Mandarin along with Chinese Business Etiquette
    * Beginner Conversationa l Chinese
    * Intermediate Conversationa l Chinese
    * Crush course - extremely helpful for people who need Survival Chinese before travelling to China
    * Chinese Characters
    * Chinese Negotiation Skills and Language
    * Chinese philosophies and Language

    Tailor made is my key USP. Everyone has unique needs and unique way of learning. I would adapt my programmes according to your very own situation.

    Teaching Experience

    When I was in China I taught Chinese students English. In Scotland I teach native English speakers Chinese Mandarin within a historical, cultural and business context. I have been an international business consultant for 12 years. I have recently developed a passion of teaching Mandarin but not just as a language per se, but a knowledge and skills which are richer, more interesting and more practical for learners. In order to become a qualified Chinese language teacher I have worked hard and been awarded by the Chinese Government 'Internationa l Chinese Language Teacher Certificate'. I believe this certificate will give me the credential and confidence to teach Chinese international ly.

    Teacher Training

    * Bachelor degree of English and International Trade from Shanghai International Studies University - China

    * Certificate of Senior Interpreter awarded by Shanghai Government
    * MBA from Nottingham Business School - UK

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I have a tremendous passion and enthusiasm. A consummate people-person and a natural communicator who is approachable, personable and outgoing, I have a natural propensity to connect with people and appeal to the heart.

    I believe in creating a relaxing, informal environment, which facilitates learning, where students can progress at their own pace.

    My teaching schedule is flexible. I understand the time constraints of students, thus will try my utmost to accommodate the availability of my students. No matter you are only free to study on week days, work hours, out of work hours or weekends, I will work around your schedule.

    Cost of Lessons

    £30 per hour


    Profile Creation: June 2, 2016
    Profile Last Edit: June 2, 2016
    Last Login: June 2, 2016

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