Hi. My name is Mary and I’m and English language teacher and learning advisor. My job is to teach English and to provide students with the best tips and resources to succeed in English writing, speaking, reading and listening.
Q: What is your educational background?
I have a PhD from Monash University in Applied Linguistics and a master’s degree in English Language teaching from overseas.
Q: Do you have teaching experience and what is your unique teaching philosophy?
I have been teaching English for the past eight years both nationally and internationally. In Australia, I taught ELICOS courses at Monash College to international students, mainly students from China. My students came to Australia to study at Monash University and the aim of the course was helping them improve their English language skills in preparation to study at university. The focus of my teaching was developing students’ skills in critical thinking, team work, conducting research, using library resources, writing essays and reports, giving presentations, and communication in academic and non-academic environments.
This experience made me fully aware of the needs and challenges of Chinese students and of the best practices of teaching, feedback giving, student evaluation, assessment and administration. I also consistently received positive feedback from the students and was recognized by them as a responsible and competent teacher.
In my opinion, what distinguishes me from other teachers is my extensive and multi-cultural education and teaching background. Having a PhD in Applied Linguistics and publishing several papers in outstanding journals has enhanced my knowledge and expertise in English language teaching. It has also given me a broader perspective of different cultures which is very significant to succeed in a multicultural environment like Australia. My strengths as a teacher are the ability to build a positive relationship with the students and understand their needs, using the best teaching practices and being fully committed to my students’ learning.
Q: Do you have other hobbies when you are not teaching/researching?
My life is not just about teaching. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, listening to music, watching movies and hanging out with friends. I also read a lot and believe that unless we read we cannot grow as individuals. My favourite reading genres are personal development, psychology, business and poetry. Last but not least, I like being active and exercise 3 to 4 times a week and when the weather is good go for long walks or runs. 教学和研究之外，我也喜爱烹饪、看电影、与朋友相聚。此外我热爱阅读，相信“活到老学到老”的箴言。我也热爱健身，每周坚持锻炼三到四次，当天气良好时我也喜欢跑步和健走。
Q: Do you have any advice to students and parents?
My advice for students is to integrate English into all aspects of their life, from school to the time they spend with their friends and family. Students should know that in order to be successful individuals, they need to have an excellent command of English because English is now an International language spoken all around the world. 我建议学生把英语融合到生活的方方面面，从学校到家庭。唯有熟习英语，学生才能成功，因为英语已成为国际通用语言。
For me personally, English is not my first language and I grew up in a place where English is only used at schools. I remember that I became very interested in English as a young student and asked my parents to send me to a private institute because the school method of English teaching was not really the best. After school, I chose to study English Language and Literature at university and since then English has opened many windows to numerous opportunities in my life, including the possibility of going abroad to study. I first went to Germany and received my second master’s degree. After that, I applied for a PhD at Monash University and not only got an admission to do a PhD but also received two full scholarships that covered my tuition fees and living expenses for three and half years. All thanks to English：）虽然我有语言学博士学位，但和很多人一样，英语并不是我的第一语言。我自幼喜爱英语，并恳求父母把我送到私立语言学校深造。大学阶段我很自然地选择了英语文学，并且从中受益匪浅——熟习英语让我获得了众多的机会——例如在德国获得了英语教育硕士学位，此后还获得莫纳什大学的全额奖学金攻读博士学位——这一切都归功于我的英语技能。