As a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese from Taiwan, Ruby is proficient in reading and writing both traditional and simplified Chinese. She has a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been taking linguistics, as well as language acquisition, pedagogy, and assessment courses to enhance her qualifications as a foreign language teacher. She has also taken Contrastive Syntax: English and Chinese, in which she analyzed the syntactical similarities and differences between the two languages, and Second Language Acquisition, where she explored how a second language is learned and the potential difficulties that learners may have in learning an additional language. Thus, she is sensitive to the challenges that learners of Chinese may encounter, such as the use of measure words and the four tones.
In addition to Chinese teaching experience, she also has extensive experience in teaching English as a foreign language in Taiwan and as a second language in the United States. Due to her previous teaching experience and her knowledge in second language acquisition, she recognizes how difficult it is to learn a second language, especially when natural language exposure is limited. Therefore, she is always patient with her students and has consistently received positive feedback on student evaluations, which makes her teaching especially rewarding. No matter what language she teaches, she always aims to promote students' motivation by using topics/materials that are relevant to students' lives, by giving appropriately challenging assignments, and by promoting learner autonomy. In sum, she is enthusiastic about language teaching and believes that learning an additional language is one of the greatest investments that one can make.
Excellent for studying the material provided in depth.
Ruby is the best Chinese teacher I have seen. She prepared a special lesson for the class!
Ruby is a very enthusiastic teacher and made the class fun and engaging. Ruby really has a love for the Chinese language and teaching it. She put in a lot of effort for our class and is even going to make up some extra homework for me!
Ruby is a very good teacher. I enjoyed my class with her!
This is only my 4th class with Ruby as I am new to Chinese Pod, but I was so encouraged. Ruby really makes the class fun and always seems prepared and ready to teach.
Great lesson as always. A lot of fun and very interesting :)
Ruby tutored my daughter who is 13 and beginning level Chinese. Great session.
great discussion, good fun.
Ruby is an excellent teacher.
Nice intro. To the point.
Ruby is an excellent teacher and instills the discipline to learn mandarin.
Ruby is so organized and prepared! I really appreciate her teaching style. She also brings in materials that are useful and challenge me. She makes me read out loud--which I haven't done in 20 years! And it shows... Thank you, Ruby!
Ruby is always u-beat and very well organized. She continues to challenge me!
Super class. Ruby provided a very helpful family tree diagram that shows the relationships and names in Mandarin of the various members on both sides of the family.
Excellent Class. Ruby spent some quality time at the end of the lesson helping me with my pronunciation.
Great lesson. Challenging and rewarding!
Another superb class from a consummate professional. Excellent instruction on Zhiyao...jiu grammar pattern.
I highly recommend Ruby. She puts a lot of effort into preparing for the lesson. Also, Ruby is very patient and helpful. Each lesson is very valuable to my learning process!
Another great lesson. The time seems to pass so quickly! Ruby's rapid-fire style challenges you to think on your feet and use new vocabulary in sentences to demonstrate your knowledge.
Ruby is able to adjust her teaching based on the needs of the learner-- one sign of an experienced teacher. She is also always prepared. I would definitely recommend her.
Well prepared and to the point.