Meet our language teacher: Aileen Liu – ChinesePod
Aileen was born and raised in China. She currently lives in Montreal, Canada. Besides her mother tongue Mandarin, she also speaks fluent English, intermediate Spanish and French, and elementary Arabic. She graduated from McGill University with a major in linguistics and honours in anthropology. In 2014, she was granted a Certification of Senior Chinese Language Teacher in Shanghai, which is recognized by International Profession Certification Association.
Aileen has been teaching Chinese for three years. Her students span from pre-school children to university professors. She currently teaches at a Chinese school in Montreal. She is systematic in designing classes yet flexible in adjusting her teaching methods to accommodate the needs of her students. She understands the difficulties in learning a foreign language, and she believes that joy, patience and persistence are keys to language learning. Therefore, she is very patient and encourages her students to enjoy every small improvement they have made.
How do you describe yourself?
Friendly, curious, having a good sense of humor, goal-oriented, and observant.
What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about learning languages, watching documentaries about different cultures, and listening to world music and jazz! I am also an amateur jazz singer. My life goal is to work for UNESCO in revitalizing indigenous languages/cultures/music/art.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?
The most rewarding thing about being a Chinese teacher is to see how my students enjoy learning Chinese in my class and how they progress in their capacity and confidence in communicating in Chinese. I also enjoy the mutually respectful and caring relationship between teacher and student.
What is your next travel destination?
My next travel plan is to tour around Latin America, which could take me a year or two to complete the journey.
What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is purple. I find it alluring and mysterious, and it makes me feel calm and refreshed.
This was my first ever Chinesepod Lesson and it was incredible! Aileen is an excellent teacher and puts the student as ease. I definitely look forward to more.
Wonderful class. Wonderful teacher.
Just had 2 more lessons with Aileen (back to back). She worked more on my understanding and reinforced the vocabulary I know in a way that I shall remember the words. Already, in four lessons, I can hear myself improving. Outstanding teacher!!!
Aileen is an excellent teacher - she is encouraging and patient. Her creative role-play exercises are very useful and fun. She also often points out very interesting and important grammatical points that I hadn't even considered.
Terrific class as usual. Aileen worked on my speaking ability and understanding ability by using vocabulary to ask and answer questions. Outstanding!
See previous review. Terrific class. My Mandarin is improving by leaps and bounds with Aileen!