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Meet our language teacher: Jacqueline Yao – ChinesePod

Jacqueline Yao

Jacqueline Yao


Jacqueline was born and raised in China. She got her Master's Degree in Linguistics from University College London, and now she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Second Language Education in the US. She taught college-level English and also had experience teaching Chinese to non-native speakers in China. After moving to the US, Jacqueline has been teaching Chinese at the postsecondary level and also involving in teaching young children.


How do you describe yourself?
Optimistic, responsible, persistent, and empathetic.
What is your favorite hobby?
I'm pretty much an indoor person. I enjoy cooking and reading a lot. I like to cook for my family and create new dishes; not very successful though, I enjoy trying different things. I like to read Kung Fu novels, especially those written by Jin Yong.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?
The most rewarding thing is to see students progress day by day, receive positive comments or sometimes funny compliments from them and share priceless stories about them with families and friends.
What does Mandarin teaching mean to you?
To teach is also to learn. Through teaching Mandarin, I feel I'm improving myself everyday: I get to know people from diverse backgrounds, and learn their languages, culture and life experience.
What is your next travel destination?
Japan. I've watched many movies, TV series and cartoons about this country, and also learned some Japanese. I really want to take a long break and experience the language and culture in Japan.