Yajuan Min
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Yajuan Min

Yajuan M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Practice listening and speaking Mandarin Chinese skills with a native speaker, a former radio host, a 20 years of classroom teacher in a variety topics that relate to current events in the world.
Reading exercises are equally emphasized in the lessons learning.
Writing skills will be embedded in email writing or message exchanging.
Students are encouraged to explore their learning needs and learning interests. In other words, the teacher tailors the curriculum and meet learners' learning desire in every possible way.

About Yajuan M.

I gained my BA in Chinese Language and Culture, first MA in Chinese Language and Literature, second MA in Education (from Bucknell University, PA).
I have been teaching American students, from kindergarteners to adults, for the past 20 years at a variety of schools settings including colleges/universities, private high schools, public middle & high schools, and summer immersion language programs in both China and The U.S.
I have coached volleyball, squash, and tennis to high school students. I am also a big swimmer. Additionally, I am the Master Teacher for the New England New Teachers' Association to train all the new Mandarin Chinese teachers since 2011 for the independent schools in the New England area.
My former students went to Middleburry College, Swarthmore College, Oberlin College, Bucknell University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Rhode Island Schools of Design, Dartmouth College, Boston College, MIT, University of Chicago, Yale, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, John Hopkins... and some of them had become Ambassadors of America, college professors, and language programs directors both in the States and overseas.
On TakeLessons platform, I have facilitated college students taking HSK (level 4 & 5) Chinese exam and High School students taking Chinese AP exam, shared learning enthusiasm with a few college retired professors, assisted some professionals in pursuing their specific fields (such as finance, law, business, and art), and coached many teenagers who showed their interests in Chinese language and culture (at their early age).
As a sophisticated Mandarin Chinese teacher, I have many interests, life experiences (such as opera singing and fashion design), and love of teaching the language and passion on language learning.

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Tiffany L.
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Yajuan teacher is an amazing teacher! I started to study with her because I already knew some Mandarin but wasn't sure what level I was. Yajuan was able to assess me and also fine tune the courses to a level that I was comfortable in. She is a very encouraging and enthusiastic teacher. I definitely recommend her if you're looking to learn Mandarin no matter your level.

Posted Nov 17, 2020
Joy
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Very patient and good with kids. My kids enjoy the class very much!

Posted Nov 17, 2020
Kevin
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Kindest teacher you will ever meet! Genuinely cares about all the students and will make sure that they succeed in the classroom. Teaching is always presented in an interesting and immersive way. Great source of help outside the classroom as well.

Posted Nov 2, 2020
Lacey H.
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I chose Sunny as my instructor because she has an impressive background and a friendly face. I will continue to work with Sunny because she is a fantastic teacher. She is quick to correct when needed but does so in a patient and supportive way; she also provides praise and seems genuinely happy when I perform well. She provides well structured lessons but is willing to adapt to my requests and personal learning needs. If I had a critique, it would be that she had limited availability - that said, she worked with me to find a time slot that fit both of our schedules and needs, so it wasn't really much of an issue! I'm very pleased that I chose Sunny as my Chinese instructor.

Posted Oct 22, 2020
Tammy
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Yajuan is an amazing woman all around. She takes the time to understand each student, and it isn't the artificial, fake type. Yajuan genuinely cares, and has a beautiful passion of teaching Mandarin Chinese to her students. I have learned so much already in my short time I have had with her! She is amazing; she has this beautiful passion and it is extremely contagious. I highly recommend her; doesn't matter your age or anything. She is just all around amazing and you will love her!

Posted Oct 21, 2020
Ethan
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Yajuan is an excellent Chinese teacher. She's friendly and makes you feel comfortable during her class. She explains concepts well and easily answers any questions you have. I highly recommend her if you are looking for a Chinese tutor.

Posted Oct 19, 2020
Oliver
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Yajuan was very accommodating, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. Im exciting to continue my lessons with her.

Posted Oct 13, 2020
Andrew DeChellis
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Ms. Min is truly the most energetic, spontaneous and positive teacher I’ve ever had in my acedemic career. In my short time having the pleasure of being her student I’ve gained a great fondness for learning a language I originally chose as just a filler class to make my college application look a bit better, little did I know I was going to really fall for this class because I was always excited for ms. Mins energy and her teaching style. She is excited to see you learn and even more excited to see you excited, I have never seen her not smiling and being a beam of sunshine on our school campus. I’m very fortunate to have her as my teacher.

Posted Oct 9, 2020
Joshua
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I am taking Chinese 1. We are learning some charactery and pinyin right now. I expected it to be very hard but she really helps me out and makes sure I understand everything. It is my favorite class I am taking right now because of how interesting and engaging it is.

Posted Oct 9, 2020
Nate Schafer
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Very patient and informative. Great teacher.

Posted Oct 9, 2020
Jen D.
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I have learned so much in such a short time. Would absolutely recommend to anyone. Best instructor ever!

Posted Oct 7, 2020
Luke G.
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Extremely positive and encouraging in her interaction with you! Clearly she has a ton of experience teaching.

Posted Sep 21, 2020
Lynn
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Sunny is a very good teacher, extremely positive and encouraging- and tells great stories! She tailors the classes to your level and needs and is good about checking in with you. I really enjoy my classes with her!

Posted Sep 13, 2020
Terrence J.
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Nice and always helps students

Posted Jul 17, 2020
Zoe J.
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She is very kind to the student and always makes sure they can understand the topic they are learning

Posted Jul 15, 2020
Jamila J.
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Posted Jun 13, 2020
Grace D.
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Every lesson has been filled with lots of energy and learning!

Posted Jun 10, 2020
Grace D.
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Posted Jun 3, 2020
Evan A.
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Teacher is incredibly friendly, kind and explains things in an easy-to-understand way! Can't wait to get started!

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Victoria
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I think the online classes were fine. The work load wasn’t overwhelming or difficult to follow.

Posted May 31, 2020
Eleanor
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Ms. Min is one of my favorite teachers! She is such a wonderful and kind person whose presence is still very much felt despite distance learning. I am very fond of her class and can't wait to see her again in the fall.

Posted May 29, 2020
Daphne
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Ms. Min is a fantastic teacher! Every class with her is fun and engaging. I love her enthusiasm in and out of the classroom, and her presence always brings a smile to my face. I've only been with her for one year, but she did a great job of helping me understand the basics of Chinese.

Posted May 28, 2020
Stacey
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Posted Oct 24, 2019
Dylan
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The teacher is good at explaining and does exercises that helps me actually understand the context. Sometimes things are hard, but at the end I always understand it, and get it.

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Matt
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Best teacher ever. Goes through everything clearly and makes sure content is understandable & breaks down complicated content into digestible content

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Jay
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Efficient, quality education. Very good teaching. Love the class

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Harry

Fun classes, and teaches very enthusiasticly!

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Matvei
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Very good teacher. I really like having lessons with her at school. She is super nice and gives very clear explanations on the lessons.

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Anya
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Ms. Min is a wonderful teacher! She is patient and makes learning Chinese enjoyable and interesting. My reading skills have improved immensely under her teaching.

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Robin
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I have been in Ms Min's class for three years. Before I had her as a teacher, I barely knew how to speak, read, and write Chinese; now I am able to speak, write and read Chinese! When I am ever confused about any Chinese material, I am able to reach out for her help which really boosted by Chinese skills. Her class is filled with activities that most Chinese classes do not have. Chinese class with Ms Min is definitely one of my favourite classes at school.

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Candy
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Her laughter and joy are contagious! Her easygoing attitude makes it easy to come to class with her every day. I really enjoy the creativity approach Ms. Min takes towards the subject. In her class, I've gotten to apply my knowledge in the language in many projects including commentating a sports game and a campus tour. Not only is she great academically, but she also deeply cares for her students. I highly recommend taking a class with her!

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Zoe
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I had basic level Chinese skills before learning with Ms. Min and am now at an advanced level and credit her for this success. She is enthusiastic and loves teaching, and works with students to help their individual needs. I highly recommend her if you want to learn any level of Chinese!

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Xan
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Literally the best teacher I have ever had! Her energy is palpable and contributes strongly to an interactive class experience. I cannot even begin to explain how incredible this woman is. 我爱 Ms.Min!

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Julia
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Ms. Min is the best! She puts in so much effort to help her students and has lots of positive energy. She entertains the class while teaching the material. Seriously, she is the best.

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Cam
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Ms Min makes learning chinese super fun and easy. She uses a lot of full-class engagement activities to ensure that every student gets the materials. She is very understanding of her students needs and works to the best of her ability to accommodate them. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Jasper
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She always brings a smile to my face and teaches me things my old teacher never did. She’s very supportive when it comes to learning new topics and really wants her students to succeed

Posted Jan 10, 2019

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Experience

Mandarin Chinese Master Teacher
Aug 2011 - Present

New English New Teachers Association

Train all new Mandarin Chinese teachers for the independent schools in the New England area.

Education

Education
Aug 2006 - May 2008

Bucknell University, PA

Chinese Language and Literature
Sep 1998 - Jul 2000

Beijing Foreign Language University

Languages

Arabic

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Japanese

Limited Proficiency

Korean

Professional Proficiency

Mandarin Chinese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Mandarin Chinese Teaching Certificate for Secondary Schools
Sep 2020

The Education Department of Connecticut

Affiliations

Association of American Educators
Aug 2011
The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the non-union professional educators organization, established in 1994 by nationally recognized educators who saw the need for a professional organization that focused on student achievement without an emphasis on partisan politics.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Aug 2011
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.

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