Grace Klauer, GLN Leadership Fellow 2019, highlights several Chinese (Mandarin) teachers who are excited to teach with the GLN this summer and to share their culture with students.
We are very happy to be able to showcase several of our enthusiastic and dedicated Chinese (Mandarin) teachers who are actively teaching at GLN. All of our Teaching Fellows and Associates this summer are looking forward to enhancing their students’ Chinese (Mandarin) language skills as well as hosting engaging and fun classes.
This summer, we are thrilled to offer a variety of Mandarin classes across various ability levels. Students can enroll and test the waters with Mandarin Foreigner, our beginner level, or gain confidence in the skills necessary to explore the Chinese-language speaking community in a Tourist or Explorer course. Experienced learners looking to delve deeper into the language should sign up for advanced courses like Mandarin Frequent Flyer or Nearly Native!
GLN’s communicative approach is very helpful for building your practical comfort level in this tonal language. Correct pronunciation builds confidence and our native speakers work creatively with our curricula to give you the skills to speak this and other languages effectively.
Join us for this or one of our 60+ other languages this summer by registering for a class.
Get to Know Yanjun:
Mandarin Frequent Flyer, Sundays 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm – Dupont — June 9th – July 28th
Yanjun is very excited to teach this summer! In fact, she’s commuting from New York every Sunday to share her language and culture. She will be teaching a Frequent Flyer class with a focus on learning Chinese culture and encouraging students to chat about a variety of topics.
She looks forward to meeting new people and having the opportunity to “exposing her students to a whole different world” as Eastern culture differs greatly from Western culture. One thing she loves about her culture is that family members emphasize supporting and depending on each other.
Finally, just a fun fact to know about Yanjun is that she is a huge animal lover. One of her favorite memories happened when she came home to find the stray dog, which she and her family adopted, had given birth to seven puppies!
Get to Know Chao:
Mandarin Tourist, Tuesdays 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Dupont — June 11th — July 30th
Chao very much is looking forward to helping students boost their conversational skills and build their confidence in speaking Chinese in her Tourist class! Her class is lecture-oriented, yet she always shares tidbits about her culture and provides space for discussions about current topics to make the class fun and interactive. One part of the Chinese culture that she would love to share is how Chinese people celebrate traditional festivals as it gives unique insight into the culture’s food, history, and more.
For her, the best aspects of teaching are the personal interactions she has with students and the knowledge she gains from them. She wants everyone who is interested in learning Chinese that they are welcome.
And lastly, a little fun fact about Chao is that, when she was at school in the US, she always told everyone her last name meant yellow in Chinese. She promises that there is more behind this story, and so if you want to know more, sign up for her class!
Get to know in Jonathan:
Mandarin Nearly Native, Wednesdays 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Farragut – June 12th — July 31st
Jonathan is excited to dive deep in to the vast and rich Chinese culture that has been passed on generation after generation. He is most looks forward to exploring the bridge between older aspects of the Chinese culture with its modern aspirations as well as comparing China with Western cultures. In his class, Jonathan wants to get to know his students and adapt to their needs in order to give them the most fulfilling experience possible.
As for the language itself, Jonathan encourages learning Chinese (Mandarin) as China is a rising power and it is very useful for international relations, business, and more. Moreover, the language is fascinating as you can learn how tone can express meaning or how characters can be used instead of letters.
Finally, just some fun facts about Jonathan. He enjoys singing, video games (Overwatch is his favorite), riding his motorcycle, and cooking. In fact, students can enjoy hotpot if they join his class.
And be sure to check out our other Chinese (Mandarin) Course Offerings:
Chinese (Mandarin) Foreigner with Mingming on Thursdays 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Dupont – June 13th – August 1st
Chinese (Mandarin) Foreigner with Tony on Sundays 3 pm – 5 pm – Dupont – June 9th – July 28th
Chinese (Mandarin) Tourist with Chao on Tuesdays 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Dupont — June 11th — July 30th
Chinese (Mandarin) Explorer with Fei Fei W. on Sundays 1 pm – 3 pm – Dupont – June 9th – July 28th Chinese (Mandarin) Explorer with Wenxin on Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Dupont – June 12th — July 31st
Chinese (Mandarin) Explorer with Wenqi on Tuesdays 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Rosslyn – June 11th — July 30th
Chinese (Mandarin) Frequent Flyer with Yanjun on Sundays 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm – Dupont — June 9th – July 28th
Chinese (Mandarin) Nearly Native with Jiayu on Sunday 3:00 pm — 5:00 pm – Dupont – June 9th – July 28th – Pending Confirmation
Chinese (Mandarin) Nearly Native with Jonathan on Wednesdays 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Farragut – June 12th — July 31st