Guifang Xue
Phoenix, AZ
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Guifang Xue

Guifang X.

Phoenix, AZ
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a native Chinese speaker. I can speak five languages. I have years of languages (Chinese & English) teaching experience. I am certified to teach in public schools in China. I believe interaction and immersion are effective approaches to learn a new language. Learning a new language with a native speaker is ten times efficient than learning from language apps. Lessons are customized. Communicative language and Chinese culture would be prioritized while making lesson plans. To learn a new language, it's not simply about the language itself. The more you know about the culture, the better you appreciate the language.

About Guifang X.

Currently, I'm a full time Mandarin Chinese teacher at a school in Phoenix. I teach K-8 grades students Chinese speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation through presentations, visual arts, songs and other various types of activities. I also run a after school Chinese club. Other than my full time job, I teach special forces Chinese part time and deliver lessons through Takelessons in-person and online for 3 years. My Youtube channel is "Coconut Chinese".

I have 10 years of language teaching experience. I have learned eight languages and dialects over the years in China and overseas. I started tutoring Chinese students (age 8-16) English and Chinese in 2009 and I founded my first summer camp in China in 2010. Students who had registered for my summer camp increased from 25 in 2010 to 86 in 2016. I've gained very valuable skills and perspectives in teaching, not just as a teacher, but also as a student--students are my teachers too--I've learned there are always places that I can improve and better help them learn languages. Students' "needs" and "wants" are prioritized. It helps students achieve their goals while combined with students' "lacks" in lesson planning. Students should get involved in the lesson planning process.

Interest is the best teacher. When I taught non-native Chinese speakers (in China, South Korea and the U.S) Chinese, it seemed it stimulated their curiosity and interest to learn Chinese when cultural elements were introduced--such as characters' origin and visualization, historical contexts and cultural traditions. I hope that approach can also bring you an enjoyable experience learning a new language!

To help you be able to use Chinese, our language learning is mainly through interactive and communicative approaches. Talk! Talk! Talk! Please don't be shy. It's okay to make mistakes. Learning from mistakes is also a very effective way to learn a new language. We can make more contextualized dialogues based on whatever textbook you are using now. Or we can produce functional conversation based on everyday topics that you are interested. Lesson plans are customized and they can be flexible.

Ready to get on the boat and sail on the sea of Chinese? :)

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LaTisha
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Guifang is very patient and helpful. I am looking forward to our remaining lessons.

Posted Feb 28, 2021
Henry
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Guifang is an outstanding teacher. I started at zero and did not know where to start. She has planned out my learning journey and got me up to speed really fast. She makes the lessons fun and engaging. The lessons have been tailored to my needs.

Guifang's experience as a teacher shines through in her lessons.

Posted Feb 2, 2021
Braden
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Guifang has been such a great teacher (老师) ever since I started with her a few weeks ago. She takes her time and is very patient, what I love the most though is that there is no rush in trying to fit a schedule with her and she adapts the lessons to the students liking or skill set.

Learning a new language takes time, especially with Chinese where there is so much cultural backgrounds and history of language and I feel that Guifang understands this. She really makes the learning experience stress free as well as enjoyable.

Posted Jan 27, 2021
Shai V.
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Guifang is an excellent instructor. She understands the difficulties in learning Chinese and addresses them well.

Posted Jan 7, 2021
Bailee
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I learn a lot from her!

Posted Jan 3, 2021
Rebecca
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Ms. Xue is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and works at the speed of her students. I would highly recommend her for anyone wanting to learn Mandarin Chinese.

Posted Nov 18, 2020
Michael
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Ms. Xue makes learning Mandarin fun for my kids (4th and 6th grade) and really focuses on ensuring that they understand the topic at hand before moving on to the next lesson. She also focuses on positive reinforcement which my kids (and most people) thrive under. I would highly recommend Ms. Xue for you!

Posted Oct 19, 2020
Gitanjali J.
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Guifang is an excellent teacher. She goes above and beyond in her coaching, ensuring the kids enjoy the language. She ensures the kids continue to practice in between classes by giving them regular homework. I highly recommend her!

Posted Oct 5, 2020
Lionel
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Guifang is an excellent teacher. her classes are well organized with step-by-step lessons. We have been using her services for our 9-year old daughter for the past few months and actually increased the frequency to 2 classes a week. She also makes the lessons fun, which is quite critical for children.

Posted Sep 22, 2020
Luke H.
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Both of my kids are middle schoolers and have had a wonderful experience! So thankful we found her!

Posted Aug 16, 2020
Isabella
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Very understandable, on time, step by step lessons

Posted Jul 16, 2020
Alika
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So far having a great experience! My daughter is enjoying class and it’s really helping to supplement her Mandarin course in grade school.

Posted May 22, 2020
Ryan A.
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Guifang was very patient and an excellent instructor. I'd be happy to have another lesson with her.

Posted May 19, 2020
Alex
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Guifang really goes above and beyond. I especially like the extra videos she makes with the dog and look forward to seeing more of those.

Posted May 14, 2020
Jennifer
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Ms Xue is an excellent teacher. Very patient and encouraging!

Posted Apr 29, 2020
o
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Guifang is a great instructor to use when you have no prior experience with Chinese. She has very helpful tips and tricks and lots of fun exercises. I am excited to continue my lessons with her!

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Lydia
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Guifang is super sweet! Made me feel super at ease and she's so friendly. Was a bit confused about the structure at first but she's super enthusiastic and wants to explain and push you as much as possible so by the end it makes sense what's happening.

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Caroline
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Guifang is wonderful! I have never had any Mandarin lessons prior to starting lessons with her. She is very knowledgable and is very understanding of the fact I am a beginner. Super flexible and is helping me a lot!

Posted Apr 11, 2020
John Q.

Excellent

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Afiya G.
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Posted Jan 5, 2020
Ethan
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My son had a great first lesson with Guifang. She is so patient and she makes the lesson fun.

Posted Jul 2, 2019
Winnie A.
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Guigand is excellent--a great teacherand patient!

Posted Jun 7, 2019
Cheryl F.
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My first lesson was very helpful. I’m looking forward to my next lessons. Very good instructor.

Posted May 12, 2019
Alice C.
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This is the first time for us to use online tutoring and we booked a session on Friday for our daughter to speak to Guifang on the Sunday. It was really easy to communicate with Guifang to confirm the session and send her details of what needed to be covered during the session so she could prepare beforehand. Guifang is really knowledgeable, patient, easy to converse with, clear in her explanations and really helpful. Our daughter said Guifang was better than her teachers. So that's really high praise. We highly recommend Guifang as a Mandarin tutor and we love this online tutoring.

Posted May 6, 2019
Myriam
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Excellent teacher! My son, George (12), felt very comfortable with Guifang. My son had no prior experience with the Mandarin Chinese language, and Guifang was able to introduce him to the language in a manner that did not leave him feeling intimidated about trying something new. Guifang also supplied him with extra materials (video , quizlet, voice recorder) via email.She was easy to reach and very flexible on scheduling lessons. We plan on continuing to work with Guifang and would highly recommend her to other students. Highly impressed!

Posted Mar 12, 2019
Gitanjali J.
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Awesome teacher who makes homework fun and really helped me boost my chinese in just a few weeks, Xièxiè!

Posted Feb 20, 2019
Gitanjali J.
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Guifang is a great instructor! She makes learning the language fun. She is very easy to like, makes sure the kid understands by quizzing him/her and encourages them to do more.
I will absolutely recommend her for your kid, I know mine is happy and enjoys learning a new, difficult language!

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Jin Ping Liu K.
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Very good instructor and a dynamic personality!

Posted Jan 26, 2019
Preeti S.
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She is really a nice teacher open to discuss talk and explain things the way needed. I recommend her for future students.

Posted Jan 3, 2019
Afiya G.
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Posted Dec 10, 2018
Linda S.
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Posted Dec 1, 2018
Clara
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Great lesson, as always!

Posted Nov 20, 2018
Emily H.
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Posted Oct 23, 2018
Sasha
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very pleasant ,professional and knowledgeable , in her teaching approach. highly recommended. I only wish, she was going to be in the states, a few more years. to teach my daughter.

Posted Jul 25, 2018
Sasha
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she is amazing, she takes it slow on the first lesson and and she is patient for you to finish,and she takes it a step at a time not rush through it

Posted Jul 23, 2018
Ryan
Profile-location-online Online

Very patient teacher. Great to get feedback on areas to focus so my kids can be more proficient in conversational mandarin.

Posted May 13, 2018
Christian
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Guifang is totally awesome. Can't wait for the next lesson!

Posted May 7, 2018
Cathy
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Posted May 6, 2018
Linda S.
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Posted Mar 31, 2018
Annie Nguyen
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Posted Mar 4, 2018
Nick
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Guifang is friendly, patient, knowledgeable, and supportive. As a teacher myself, I'm very critical of other teachers, but she far exceeds my high expectations.

Posted Feb 18, 2018
Tim
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher! She takes the time to tailor each class materials for my 6 yr old son. She is very patient and well prepared for the lessons. In just 3 weeks, my son has became interested in learning Chinese.

Posted Jan 10, 2018
Ting
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I went to Miss Xue's summer camp and learned English from her for two years. She was very nice and patient. The knowledge and skills that she told us were very helpful. My English grade increased from 60s to 80s. I really appreciated with her help.

Posted Aug 14, 2017
Mike
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best ever

Posted Jul 28, 2017
Alex
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I practice speaking Chinese with her and she's a very good teacher. She has a genuine passion for teaching and is a great help

Posted Jul 26, 2017
Henry
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贵芳老师汉语教得很好。她有很多教语言的经历。到现在我还会问她喝多中文方面的问题。贵芳也是一个又热情又认真的人。十分推荐!

Posted Jun 12, 2017
Josh
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I recognized Guifang's experience as a language educator immediately. She is patient, concise, and clearly enjoys teaching. Her assistance has been crucial to my developing an efficient learning system. I rely on her for refresh and expand my Chinese language skills biweekly. She has way of conveying the subtleties of fluent pronunciation. I did not expect to make so much progress so quickly. Highly Recommend her services!

Posted Jun 12, 2017
Talin
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Guifang is a gem. She's incredibly nice, and very good at correcting me in a direct but kind way. She's a lovely person and fantastic at teaching! I am so happy to have met her, and we continue chatting even though we're far apart now. I'd highly recommend her to anyone as a language instructor!

Posted Jun 12, 2017

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Experience

Chinese Teacher
Jul 2019 - Present

Academy of Math and Science

K-8 Chinese Teacher

Chinese Instructor
Mar 2019 - Present

Special Operation Forces Teletraining System

Teaching special forces Chinese part time, as assigned.

Founder and Manager
Jul 2010 - Aug 2016

Summer Camp; Oudebao Language School

Before coming to the U.S., I founded a summer camp in 2010 and a language school in 2014, to teach English and Chinese in China. I've gained valuable teaching experience and skills over the years.

Translator
May 2013 - Jun 2014

IPC GmbH

In 2013, I worked for IPC, an international financial consultant company, as a translator and assistant for the deputy project manager. As a translator for the manager, I was deeply involved in the interviewing, hiring, and firing processes, as well as communications between different clients. This work experience honed my bilingual skills in communication and understanding different cultures.

Education

Writing M.F.A.
Aug 2016 - Dec 2018

University of New Hampshire

Masters in Fine Arts (Writing M.F.A.)
Aug 2016 - Dec 2018

University of New Hampshire

Literature; Economics
Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

Harvard Extension School

English
Sep 2009 - May 2013

Henan University

Linguistics; Economics
Aug 2012 - Apr 2013

Pukyong National University

Languages

Cantonese

Limited Proficiency

Chinese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Professional Proficiency

Japanese

Limited Proficiency

Jun Hua (a tropical island dialect)

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Korean

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Teacher
Jan 2015

China Education Bureau

Certified to teach English (senior high school 高级中学) in public schools in China

Awards

Graduate Assistantship
Oct 2017

University of New Hampshire

Elizabeth Jones Scholarship
Sep 2017

University of New Hampshire

Affiliations

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Oct 2018
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.
TESOL International Association
May 2017
TESOL International Association’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

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