Hi- my name is Kevin. I come from the USA, but I’ve lived in China since 2008. I enjoy hiking, classic sports cars, crossword puzzles, and travel. I’ve visited more than 25 countries worldwide.
I came to China in 2008 to help get a cabinet manufacturing company started. That work is now finished, but I like living in China so much that I decided to stay!
Part of the reason I like China so much is that I have met and married a wonderful Chinese woman. She works as a Civil Engineer, but is also interested in teaching, so sometimes we teach as a team- it’s lots of fun that way!
I’ve found that schools in China do a pretty good job of teaching vocabulary and basic grammar, but they just cannot teach students how to talk naturally in English, so that’s my focus. There’s a rhythm to English that helps communicate your meaning more clearly and control the flow of conversation. What we say is not always exactly the same as what we write! Living in China, I’ve come to know the specific challenges that native Chinese speakers must overcome in order to master English. I do not speak Chinese. What I offer is tutoring to improve the English you already know.
I tailor my lessons to the individual- going faster or slower through the different areas according to the student’s need and desire. Don’t expect to just sit and repeat a bunch of ‘useful phrases’. I want you to learn to ‘think’ in English and then speak in English- not think in Chinese and then figure out how to translate. If there are certain phrases or things you want to learn to say, I’ll be happy to include them in my lessons and help you learn to say them in a natural way.
You will need a camera and a headset. I need to hear you clearly and watch your mouth make the sounds in order to help you improve your pronunciation.
I can be available for OP lessons weekday mornings or afternoons. My saturdays are filled with private students, and Sunday is family time, so I am not available on weekends or evenings.
A typical lesson will begin with me saying, “What’s new?”, and I expect you to have some topic we can chat about for a few minutes each time as a warm-up.