Thomas Wetherell

Thomas W.

Eugene, OR
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Lesson Details

Mandarin Chinese

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I currently teach Chinese at a local college, and also have many years experience teaching adults and teens. I received my BA degree in Chinese language from UC Berkeley and an MBA degree in Finance from UCLA. I have previously lived and worked in China for 20 years, managing several manufacturing and consumer products businesses. As a non-native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, I understand the important differences between native and non-native language acquisition methods. My systematic teaching approach helps students achieve faster progress in speaking and understanding Mandarin Chinese.

FYI, I teach using the pinyin romanization system that is used in mainland China. If you are interested in learning Chinese characters, I can teach you either/both traditional and simplified characters according to your preference.

I also have a special course that I currently teach called Basic Spoken Chinese which focuses only in spoken Chinese, leaving the learning of characters to a later date. I have found this to be, by far, the most effective method to get new students up to speed in Mandarin.
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About

Thomas delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2009

I received my BA degree in Chinese language from UC Berkeley and an MBA degree in Finance from UCLA. Prior to moving to Eugene, Oregon, I lived and worked in China for 20 years, managing several manufacturing and consumer products businesses. During that period, I was recognized for my contributions to the city of Shanghai by being awarded the coveted Shanghai Magnolia Award.

I have previously taught Chinese to adults and teens in a classroom setting as well as tutored students on a one-to-one basis. Currently I am a Mandarin Chinese instructor at Lane Community College here in Eugene.

As a non-native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, I understand very well the important differences between native and non-native language acquisition methods. Based on my experience both as a learner, and many years later as an instructor, I believe that my systematic teaching approach helps non-native students achieve faster and longer-lasting progress in speaking and understanding Mandarin Chinese.

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Experience

Instructor
May 2015 - Present
Lane Community College

Instructor of Mandarin Chinese in the Continuing Education Program at Lane Community College.

Education

MBA
Sep 1985 - Jun 1987
UCLA
Chinese (Bachelors Degree)
Aug 1981 - Jun 1984
UC Berkeley

Languages

Mandarin Chinese
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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