My teaching approach is one of simplicity and clarity: I like to present complex topics in language in simple terms, and get my students speaking confidently! I am available to work with students from the primary school level through the undergraduate level. I can assist with homework, tricky grammatical issues, reading and writing, as well as provide conversation practice.
I am a linguist trained at Cornell University with experience in over 10 languages; these include high-demand languages like Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic, as well as less commonly taught languages like Vietnamese, Thai, and Filipino. I have experience helping students of all skill levels improve grammar, syntax, accent, and much more in their foreign language of choice!
If I am unable to meet, you will not be charged for the session.
1. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
The College of Arts and Sciences
Diploma, May 2020
Overview of Educational Experience at Cornell
41* credits of Linguistics coursework, notably in the following areas:
-Phonetics, phonology, semantics, syntax, morphology, and historical linguistics
-Native American languages, specifically Oklahoma Cherokee
-English poetic structure
24 credits of STEM coursework, focusing on:
-Mathematics of programming (Discrete mathematics and linear algebra)
82* credits of Foreign Language coursework
-Arabic (MSA and Levantine)
*by May 2020
2. University of Wisconsin, Madison
12 credits of Summer Language Intensives
-Vietnamese, Summer 2017
-Thai, Summer 2018
3. Sonora High School, Sonora, CA
Diploma, May 2016
-Successfully passed 12 out of 12 AP examinations attempted
-Scored 5 on seven AP examinations (includes AP Spanish and AP French Language exams)
-Score of 800/800 on SAT II Spanish Reading examination
-Score of 790/800 on SAT II French Language examination
II. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
1. Cornell Fitness Centers, Ithaca, NY
Fitness Monitor, August 2018 - May 2020
Ensure a safe, clean, and enjoyable exercising environment at four separate gym facilities on campus; provide excellent customer service; work an average of 10 hours per week while being a full-time student
2. Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, Sonora, CA
Translator, January 2015
Translated a document of over 2000 words from Spanish to English
3. Columbia College Chorus, Sonora, CA
First Violinist, December 2013 - December 2015
Played first violin in winter concerts
III. PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS:
Passionate about sharing knowledge
Dedicated and serious learner
Clear and concise communicator
Excellent planner and organizer
Sociable and outgoing
Flexible and easy to work with
IV. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES:
I am able to effectively communicate in nine languages in the four major skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These include high-demand languages, less commonly taught languages, and critical languages. See §V. Languages.
I had paid experience tutoring English as a Second Language to a native Chinese speaker during the 2018-19 Winter Recess
3. Active member of the Language Expansion Program (LEP) at Cornell
LEP is a student organization that provides opportunities to practice foreign languages with a fluent speaker nearly every Friday for an hour
I serve as a fluent conversation partner for students wishing to practice French, Spanish, and Chinese
4. Thorough knowledge of linguistic processes
I am thoroughly trained in the three fundamental aspects of linguistics: phonology, historical linguistics, and syntax
5. Programming and Computer Skills
I am trained in the Python programming language, and have basic skills in Java, C++, and MATLAB
I am very comfortable with Microsoft Office and the equivalent Google programs (Docs, Slides, and Sheets)
6. Conversation Hours
I led Vietnamese and French conversation hours, each for one hour a week, during my sophomore year. These provided students a valuable in-person opportunity to practice speaking these languages.
7. Summer Intensives
I studied Advanced Vietnamese in Summer 2017 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
I studied Advanced Thai in Summer 2018 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
English - native
Chinese (Mandarin) - heritage, advanced
French - advanced, 8 years
Spanish - advanced, 7 years
Italian - advanced, 5 years
Portuguese - advanced, 6 years
Vietnamese - advanced, 4 years
Thai - advanced, 3 years
Arabic - advanced, 1 year
Filipino (Tagalog) - upper intermediate, 2 years
Bengali - beginning, 1 semester
Languages for which I have strong academic experience (Limited conversationality, but thorough understanding of linguistic structures, including writing systems, grammar, syntax, and phonology):
Cherokee (Oklahoma dialect)
VI. INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:
1. North America
Mexico, Summer 2016
In Mexico, I demonstrated my ability to converse clearly and fluently in Spanish.
United Kingdom, Ireland, Spring 2013
I traveled to these two countries to play as part of a violinists’ tour group.
the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Summer 2019
I spent eight weeks during the Summer 2019 in these four Southeast Asian countries, demonstrating intercultural competence, flexibility and adaptation in foreign environments, and effective communication in multiple languages (Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Khmer, and Thai).
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Summer 2017
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Summer 2018
Cornell Asian Studies Summer Study, Research, and Service Travel Grant, Summer 2019
Dean’s List Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019
Cornell Department of Near Eastern Studies Achievement Award in Intensive Arabic, Spring 2019
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