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Table of Contents FUXINGMEN CENTRE Cris Taborga

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Adonis 时跃金

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Rune

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Danny 李晖

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Maya 马一宁

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Kai 王凯

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Laurence 劳海龙

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Ted 王立东

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Oscar 于翔

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Lee 熊立

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Jean 胡静

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Tony 胡志军

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sanlitun CENTRE

oumeihui CENTRE

jindi CENTRE


wangjing CENTRE Karen Cheung

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Ian Whitney

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Nick 齐倬

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xizhimen CENTRE Sebastian Chrobok

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Julia 金晶

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Dennis 唐贺强

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yuanda CENTRE Glory 史蕾

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Ran 齐

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Natalie Chimbeeva 丽莎

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Gina 唐薇

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Secret 秘媛

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Ian Hoggarth

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wangfujing CENTRE

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DIRECTOR OF STUDY PERSONAL INFO Name: Cris Taborga Nationality: Canadian Hometown: Vancouver Age: 44 University: University of Phoenix Major: BS–Business Management Teaching Experience: 12 years Specialty: TOEFL/Business Favorite Food: Salmon Star Sign: Aquarius


FUXINGMEN CENTRE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Which person impressed you the most in your life? Why? The person who impressed me the most in my life was my grandfather. I still hold vivid memories of when I was a child.

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Got any favorite sports? Do you play them? I don’t have any favorite sports at the moment, however I have picked up tennis and I am enjoying it very much.

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What do you excel at teaching? At teaching I excel at test preparation courses and classroom management skills.

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What have your students taught you? My students have taught me that even the most distant dreams are. What, in your opinion, is the average Chinese student’s

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worst English learning habit? In my opinion, their worst habit is that they depend too much on memorization skills rather than becoming natural speakers.18. The Godfather, Schindler’s List, Motorcycle Diaries.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Adonis 时跃金 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Taiyuan Age: 29 University: Xi`an International Studies University Major: English Language Teaching Experience: 4 years Specialty: Xanda, Chinese Regimen Favorite Food: Potato, fish and salty foods


FUXINGMEN CENTRE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching English? I believe that I am an good language learner and I want to help more I found most people can change their life if they can speak very good English.

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What are your hobbies? I like reading and playing sport even though I am quite busy right now. I have interest in the investment these days but it seems to take long time to know it very well.

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What books are you reading currently? Consciousness. As the age grows, I begin to care about something spiritual. I feel the research of consciousness is an interesting area.

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What do you think is the best study method? For speaking English, it would be better to prepare some content before joining the English corner. And students could refer to the monthly calendar for the specific topics of English corner.

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What is the biggest benefit of teaching at Elite? I can make friends with students who work in the different areas of society and they can share with me some interesting things I never know or feel curious.

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STAR STARTEACHER TEACHERPERSONAL PERSONALINFO INFO Name: Rune Nationality: Danish Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark Age: 28 University: University of London Major: Cultural Studies Teaching Experience: 2 years Specialty: Speaking, Presentation Skills, Academic English, Business English Favorite Food: Baozi and roasted pork Star Sign: Leo


FUXINGMEN CENTRE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1 2

What are your hobbies? I enjoy playing piano, going to the gym and reading books. What’s your life goal? One of my dreams is to write a book. I did a lot of sociological research while I was at university so I’d like the book to be related to that somehow.

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What principles do you live your life by? My key principle is “virtue”, which means having a high moral standard and showing respect to other people. I’m not a religious person but more practical in nature.

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What have your students taught you? Not only my students but Chinese people in general have taught me a lot about determination and hard work. What, in your opinion, is the average Chinese student’s

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worst English learning habit? I think too many Chinese students study English in a noninteractive way. They have those A-Z vocabulary books and sit in a corner by themselves, trying to memorize words that they will probably never need to use anyway. Unfortunately, most of the Chinese teaching and exam system is structured around these books.

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DIRECTOR OF STUDY PERSONAL INFO Name : Danny 李晖 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Beijing Age: 25 University: Communication University of China Major: English and Nepalese Teaching Experience: 7 years Specialty: Piano Favorite Food: Chongqing Hot Pot Star Sign: Cancer


SANLITUN CENTRE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1 2

Why are you teaching English? I want to help them. Seeing their progress makes me happy. What have your students taught you? I’m still very far from a great teacher. What, in your opinion, is the average Chinese student’s

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worst English learning habit? Memorize, memorize, memorize... What methods did you use to learn English? Creating an English environment is important when we are in a country where English is not widely spoken. Make sure there’s something to learn anywhere and anytime.

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What is the biggest benefit of teaching at Elite? I always see it as a platform which allows you to be creative. What do you think is the best study method? Focus on what you want to express not what you can learn from some learning materials. Also practicing chunks is far more useful than practicing vocabulary for Chinese students.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFOINFO Name: Maya 马一宁 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Urumqi Xinjiang Age: 33 University: Xinjiang University Major: Journalism Teaching Experience : 7 years Specialty: Positive attitude Favorite Food: Mom’s cook Star Sign: Leo


SANLITUN CENTRE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Which person impressed you the most in your life? Why? My teacher Joseph Kamber. He sets up a real model of being a good and caring teacher.

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What do you think is the best study method? To love English! Put the true love into learning is the best way to master it.

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What is the biggest benefit of teaching at Elite? Feel like working in a warm family. What have your students taught you? Many, their questions thoughts often enlighten me throughout teaching. The most important thing I have learnt is to be serious when teaching, for every single word I say might affect a person’s way of thinking and even life. What, in your opinion, is the average Chinese student’s

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worst English learning habit? Taking it as a subject rather than a language. Try to study every single rules of the language instead of using it.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Kai 王凯 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Shenyang Age: 47 University: Dalian University of Foreign Languages Major: English Teaching Experience: 5 years Favorite Food: Noodles Star Sign: Aquarius


SANLITUN CENTRE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching English? Being able to help people with their English brings me pleasure and satisfaction.

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What books are you reading currently? Stories on Buddha. What principles do you live your life by? Be sincere with everything I do and everybody I work with. What methods did you use to learn English? Getting evenything in English I can reach and learning whatever I can. Taking notes and ,while reading, always imagining me in the same situation and see if I can do equally well.

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How long did it take you to reach your present level? 35 Yrs. What do you think is the best study method? Cultivating interest in English; taking notes after reading and try to practice writing using what you have learned.

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DIRECTOR OF STUDY PERSONAL INFO Name: Laurence 劳海龙

Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Hubei Age: 28 University: Zhejiang University Major: Business English Teaching Experience: 4 years Specialty: Spoken English, Business English Favorite Food: Chilly Beef Star Sign: Aquarius


OUMEIHUI CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

What are your hobbies? I love reading, music and movies. I am also a big fan of basketball and football.

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Got any favorite sports? Do you play them? My favorite sport is basketball. I used to play a lot when I was a college student.

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What do you think is the best study method? In order to learn English, listening and speaking should take first place, followed by reading and writing. The four skills path is the same as how the mother tongue is acquired and has been proved to be the most efficient way.

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What have your students taught you? I have learned a lot from our students and the most important thing they teach me is that whoever you are and wherever you go, you should keep learning. What, in your opinion, is the average Chinese student’s

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worst English learning habit? Reciting vocabulary, in my opinion, is the worst learning habit. Language involves practice and application. Many students recite words not for communication but for exams. Consequently, they can get good scores but not be able to communicate.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO English Name / Chinese Name: Ted / 王立东 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Jilin Age: 28 University: Northeast Dianli University Major: English Teaching Experience: 1.5 years Specialty: Oral English, Presentation Skills, Pronunciation Favorite Food: Green and health food and ice cream Star Sign: Scorpio


OUMEIHUI CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching English? When I was a child, I always dreamed of travelling around the world and talk to people everywhere, It is the desire of knowing the world that leads me to the path of teaching. I want to help people who share the same dreams.

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What do you think is the best study method? I believe the best way of learning any second language for a non-native speaker is to find your interest in it.

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What have your students taught you? I have to say my students are amazing, these lovely girls and boys have made me a real teacher , they taught me patience and make me even be in love with my job.

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What methods did you use to learn English? I watch lots of English movies and do lots of reading, I believe whatever you do, if you do it in English, it would be of help.

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What is the biggest benefit of teaching at Elite? I can be ultimately close my goal of being a great teacher and also meet lots of great guys who share the same ideas.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO English Name / Chinese Name: Oscar / 于翔 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Bijie, Guizhou Age: 27 University: Guizhou University Major: English Culture Teaching Experience: 3 years Specialty: Oral English, Presentation Skills Favorite Food: Spicy food Star Sign: Scorpion


OUMEIHUI CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching English? I attended a lecture when I was in college. The speaker who is an excellent English teacher gave us one hell of speech about learning English. We were totally blown away by her perfect teaching skills and presentation skills. Then I told myself I would be on the stage someday and blew them away. So, here I am, standing right here as a star teacher of Elite Learning, ready to blow my students away.

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Which person impressed you the most in your life? Why? To me, my father is the greatest person of the world. He is not only the mentor of my life but also my best friend.

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What is the biggest benefit of teaching at Elite? Broaden my vision and improve my professionalism. What have your students taught you? Everybody can be your teacher. What, in your opinion, is the average Chinese student’s

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worst English learning habit? Recite a lot of vocab and never use them.

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DIRECTOR OF STUDY PERSONAL INFO Name: Lee 熊獋 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Chibi Age: 26 University: Beijing Foreign Studies University, Lancaster University Major: Business Studies Teaching Experience: 3 years Specialty: Lexis, Grammar, Business Presentation, Job hunting Favorite Food: French & Italian Star Sign: Taurus


JINDI CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching English? There are many reasons. The most important is that I have a lot to share with my students. I’ve been abroad as well and I have ways of learning English that can benefit a lot of Chinese students.

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Which person impressed you the most in your life? Why? The kind of people who impress me are the kind of people who persist in what they believe in and change the world. Those people who are really passionate and persistent are also the people who have qualities that I want to learn. When I see a person like that, I watch them and learn how they deal with things.

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What do you excel at teaching? Generally, I’m good at grammar. Because of my background, I’m also good at teaching business presentation and job-hunting.

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What do you think is the best study method? For me, the best study method is to put what you have learned into practice. If you learn a new word, use it. Don’t just keep it in your head. You must practice what you’ve learned.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Jean čƒĄé?™ Nationality: China Hometown: Shandong province Age: 28 University: Zaozhuang University Major: Business English Teaching Experience: 4 years Specialty: Public speech, Imitation skills, Calligraphy, Hosting and planning activities Favorite Food: Pasta, all kinds of Baozi Star Sign: Gemini


JINDI CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching English? I majored in Business English, but the first job I got in Beijing was an English teacher. It’s also a dream of mine to have a job where I can use my English, my passion and my public speaking skills.

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What was the last job you worked? I worked in another school as a learning consultant, which was basically teaching. So far, I’ve been working as a teacher for four years.

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What do you excel at teaching? I can’t say excel, but I’m confident at teaching public speaking.

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What principles do you live your life by? Always be passionate and crazy. Smile at everyone everyday. Be happy.

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What is your most embarrassing moment? Oh my god! I farted in front of my students. I was so embarrassed at the time, but I thought to myself, “everyone farts.” And I came up with a great way to conquer this problem. I just have students read very loudly with me! And that way, no one hears anything.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Tony 胡志军 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Shandong Age: 26 University: Shandong University of Technology Major: International Trade Teaching Experience: 1 year Specialty: Portrait Photography, Calligraphy, Table tennis Favorite Food: Banana and peanut Star Sign: Taurus


JINDI CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching English? There’s a lot of reasons. A lot of people have asked this before. For me, being a teacher is more than a job or a career: It’s a calling. People ask why I take it so seriously. I feel like I can find a sense of achievement and fulfillment.

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What principles do you live your life by? When it comes to principles, I’m gonna say “Carpe Dieme.” It means “seize the day.” I got it from a movie called “The Dead Poet’s Society,” it’s one of my favorite movies. The present is a gift, so always seize the day.

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DIRECTOR OF STUDY PERSONAL INFO Name: Karen Cheung Nationality: Canadian Hometown: Vancouver Age: 27 University: University of Calgary Major: International Relations Specialty: Languages, Communication Favorite Food: Anything fried Star Sign: Cancer


wangjing CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

What books are you currently reading? Reading? Why read when you can watch and experience it? I prefer watching. I’m currently watching too many t.v. sitcoms and any movie that’s in 3D.

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What do you think is the best study method? Teaching whatever it is that you’re studying. Even at a beginner’s level, teaching is the best study method because you can reinforce what you learned; feel a sense of accomplishment by helping others; and you can also learn both from your mistakes and those of others.

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What principles do you live your life by? Ensuring a good work and life balance. (Well, “Work hard, play harder!” -- but don’t tell your boss) What, in your opinion, is the average Chinese student’s

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worst English learning habit? That they think English can only be practiced in a designated learning environment and/or with foreigners - when really, it’s everywhere! ...You can see and hear it in many public areas (in a taxi, on signs, on the subway.. You just have to tune in versus tune out when there is English present and be aware.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Ian Whitney Nationality: British Hometown: Doncaster Age: 34 University: University of Nottingham Major: Physics Teaching Experience: 5 years Favorite Food: Anything spicy Star Sign: Capricorn


wangjing CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

What are your hobbies? I love being outside, and exploring. In England I love hiking and climbing and exploring caves. If I have freetime in Beijing I love to get out on my bike and enjoy some fresh air in the countryside.

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What is the biggest beneift of teaching at elite? It is the atmostphere here at Elite that alows everyone to enjoy what they are doing. If you can enjoy your job, and of course meet cheerful people then that is a great thing.

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Worst learning habit? Chinese students focus of learning long lists of words, instead of using the language, they should try opening their mouthes more and writing less which would bring them more confidence too.

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How many countries have you visited? I have been to more than 40 countries acros the world, and probably my favourites are mostly in Asia for example Nepal, I love being in the mountains and really going anywhere new to learn about the people and their culture.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Nick 齐倬 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Jinzhou Age: 25 University: Xi’an Fanyi University Major: Business English Teaching Experience: 4 years Specialty: Broadcasting, Hosting Favorite Food: Dumpling Star Sign: Scorpio


wangjing CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching english? The most important reason is I love English. I started learning when I was 10 years old. I still remember everyone thought I was weird because all of my friends loved chinese music, but I was always listening to English songs.

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In what way do you excel at teaching? I am honest all the time, if you know it, you know it! If you don’t then you don’t pretend you do, and in this way your students will learn to trust you.

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How long did it take you to reach your current level of English? I started properly learning at college level, so about 7 years. What is the worst learning habit of Chinese students? It must be their thinking as they translate directly from Chinese to English and it ends up as Chinglish. You can’t do it like that, so my suggestion is read & communicate more in English to create an English way of thinking.

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What is your most embarasing moment? During a recent party at our with my colleagues and friends, I drank a bit too much. I ended up dancing like a stripper and someone made a video of me which was pretty akward to watch afterwards.

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DIRECTOR OF STUDY PERSONAL INFO Name: Sebastian Chrobok Nationality: Polish Hometown: Gorlitz Age: 28 Teaching Experience: 6 years Specialty: Speaking, Business English, Intercultural Communication, Science, Psychology, Math, Computer science Favorite Food: Steak, Cheese cake Star Sign: Leo


xizhimen CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching english? I am teaching English to inspire people, to help them to benefit from their studies and to achieve their dreams of going abroad to study and find a better life.

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What are your favourite sports? I love basketball, handball and running. I try to go to the swimming pool everyday when I get time, and best of all running with my dog in the mountains.

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What is the biggest beneift of teaching at elite? The biggest benefit is the opportunity to meet different types of people, and in business terms you can learn a lot about different industries and of course the students themselves.

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What have you learnt from your students? I have learnt to be patient, to prioritize my day and tasks that need to be done.

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Have you made any new years resolutions? Quit smoking, loose weight (40 kilos) and drive more slowly because my mother in law is worried for my safety when I’m in the car. I also want to get promotion and get a higher salary!

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Julia Jin 金晶 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Zhejiang Province Age: 28 University: Simon Fraser University, China University of Geosciences Major: M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, B.A. English Teaching Experience: 6 years Specialty: Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Business English, Intercultural Communication Favorite Food: Steak, Cheese cake Star Sign: Capricorn


xizhimen CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

What are your hobbies? In my freetime I like to read, sing and play musical instruments. I have been singing since I was in school and it was always my dream to be a professional singer!

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Which person has impressed you the most in your life? It has to be my mother, because she embodies the meaning of unconditional love, always hopeful and optimistic when times have been difficult. Theres a lot to learn from that!

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What is the biggest benefit of teaching at Elite? Just being on this great team, with teachers and management to learn from each other and grow as an employee and a person.

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What principals do you live your life by? Honesty, responsibility and also respect. That’s self respect and respect for others. Never take anything for granted.

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What have your students taught you? Really humility! Ever since I started here I realised students also know so much about their own businesses, dealing with families and living life like a good person.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Dennis 唐贺强 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Inner Mongolia Age: 24 University: Xi’an Foreign Studies University Major: Business English Teaching Experience: 5 years Specialty: Pronunciation, Oral English, IELTS Reading, Business English Favorite Food: Any delicious food Star Sign: Scorpio


xizhimen CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching english? In college I had class mates who’s English was really much better than mine. I felt embarrased so I pushed myself to improve, and I learnt to love learning more, which led me to being a teacher.

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What are your favourite sports? My favourite is football, I am a die-hard Barcalona FC fan. What do you excel in teaching at? I excel at teaching prononciation as well as American slang, because I love watching friends and also I have a good ability to differentiate acents from around the world.

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What is the biggest beneift of teaching at elite? The majority of the benefits are how to be friendly, independent and responsible. Also from my students expectations, I learnt I had to be more professional in my working life.

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How long did it take you to reach your present level? I started in middle school so its taken me 3 years. For everyone there is a turning point where you have been practicing. Finally you can reach a point where you notice a huge difference in your language.

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DIRECTOR OF STUDY PERSONAL INFO Name: Glory 史蕾

Nationality: China

Hometown: Lan Zhou University: Lan Zhou Commercial College Major: Business English Teaching Experience: 7 years Specialty: Acting and singing Favorite Food: Hot pot Star Sign: Aries


yuanda CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching English? I love to help people when they need language supports. I am thought as a powerful and energetic person with a lot of passion in pursuing dreams. So, I would like to be a great English teacher than other jobs.

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Which person impressed you the most in your life? Why? My Mom is my first teacher in my life and the only model in my life. I am influenced a lot by her.

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What do you excel at teaching? Help students break their psychological barriers when they speak English and help them to build up confidence .

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What do you think is the best study method? The best study method is to learn something you are really interested in. if you do not like learning English but you have to master it, then you have to find out the happiness when you learning English. Watching American series is a good start.

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How long did it take you to reach your present level? Since my high senior school, I practice my English till now. The more you speak the more you get.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Ran é˝? Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Beijing Age: 31 University: Foreign Affairs University, Beijing International Studies University Major: BA in English Literature, MA in Applied Translation and Interpreting Teaching Experience: 9 years Specialty: Business English, Communication, Interview; translation and interpreting Favorite Food: Chicken beef Star Sign: Aquarius


yuanda CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1 2 3 4

Why are you teaching English? It is a job that can make you feel you are needed. What do you excel at teaching? Able to motivate students and inspire them. What is the biggest benefit of teaching at Elite? The recognition from students. What have your students taught you? It is a good thing to learn from others. What, in your opinion, is the average Chinese student’s

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worst English learning habit? Memorizing new words from dictionaries and spend too much time on grammar.

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What does ELITE mean to you? ELITE is by no mean only a place to Educate, but also to Lead, to Inspire, to take up a challenge and to Enjoy. English Learning Is To Express; English Learning Is To Enjoy. Join ELITE.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Natalie Chimbeeva 丽莎 Nationality: Russian Hometown: Ulan-Ude Age: 29 University: Irkutsk State Linguistic University, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics Major: Linguist/Interpreter of English, Chinese, French and Russian Teaching Experience: 9 years Specialty: Business English, Oral English, Presentation Skills, Drama and Arts Favorite Food: Pasta and cheese Star Sign: Scorpio


yuanda CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why did you come to China? I came to China in August 2004 with the purpose to work as an ESL teacher and also to continue to study Chinese. Initially I planned to stay in China for a year, but I loved it so much that I’m still here.

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Why are you teaching English? When I was an exchange student in Dalian Normal University (2002) I was offered a part-time job as an ESL teacher. I liked it so much that I decided to continue teaching in China after I graduated from my University.

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What are your hobbies? I really enjoy oil painting, photography, sculpture, acting, travelling and dancing.

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What do you think is the best study method? I believe that a key element in acquiring a language is confidence. Overcoming the language barrier is not easy, but yet not unrealistic.

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What is the biggest benefit of teaching at Elite? I love teaching and I always try to share my passion with my students. I feel more than happy when they thank me after seeing their improvement.

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DIRECTOR OF STUDY PERSONAL INFO Name: Gina 唐薇 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Beijing Age: 29 University: University of Bedfordshire Major: MA Mass Media, BA Advertising and Market communication Teaching Experience: 6 years Specialty: IELTS/TOEFL/Business English Favorite Food: Hotpot food, Spaghettis, Seafood Star Sign: Gemini


wangfujing CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS How to work with foreign colleagues?

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Direct / straightforward People from foreign countries may be more accustomed to a direct and straightforward approach; they do not like playing a guessing game.

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Being more extraverted helps If you have any hobbies or ideas about something, try to share with them people – you may just find you have a lot more in common than you at first thought.

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Being professional Foreign colleagues are often very easy going after work, however, during working time foreign colleagues may prefer to focus on work related matters.

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Result driven If you have managed to convince foreign colleagues on your plan or idea at an early stage, you may find it is much easier to work with them afterwards and also easier to put the idea into practice. Early engagement is key here; the earlier and more detailed, the more energetic and enthusiastic they will become.

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Secret 秘媛 Nationality: Chinese Hometown: Beijing Age: 26 University: University of Leicester Major: MA TEOSL Teaching Experience: 3 years Specialty: English Speaking, Presentation, Vocabulary in Use Favorite Food: Hot Pot Star Sign: Capricorn


wangfujing CENTre INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching english? Well, first I learnt TESOL in the UK, and now I am practising what I have learnt. There is nothing better than doing what your passionate about!

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Do you have any favourite sports? Swimming is my favourite sport and I go to the gym twice a week. I feel like swimming can work all the muscles in my body and I love letting my mind wander whilst I am in the pool.

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Which person influenced you most in your life and why? I think my mother has impressed me the most over my whole life, she always encourages me no matter what.

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What is the biggest benefit of teaching at Elite? For me, its to be a perpetual student and to conquer the difficulties of everyday, and it’s a huge honour to work with a lot of brilliant people.

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What principles do you live your life by? Its always wise to remember that no matter where one lives, life is a mixture of pleasant and painful experiences, so trying to make the best of what you have no matter the circumstances is a constant challenge!

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STAR TEACHER PERSONAL INFO Name: Ian Hoggarth

Nationality: British Hometown: Hull Age: 31 University: University of Manchester Major: Corporate Finance Teaching Experience: 1 years Specialty: Business Favorite Food: Lamb Star Sign: Libra


wangfujing CENTER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching English? Initially it was a good fit for my move to China, however it has opened up some great opportunities I was previously unaware of.

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What do you think is the best study method? There is no single one however immersion conquers academics – always. Learn by doing (oh and our students need to stop reading and start listening!)

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What is the biggest benefit of teaching at Elite? Flexibility – although we have a structured program, I like it when we get chance to teach using our individual skills and based on the needs of our students/customers. What, in your opinion, is the average Chinese student’s

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worst English learning habit? Mostly it’s Chinglish related or habitual mistakes that may have come from High School or earlier tuition. “so-so”, “delicious” and “seldom” are banned from my classes as a result !

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What would you like to see happen at Elite in the future? I think we have an opportunity to offer our students continued development as learning should never stop.

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SENIOR TRAINER PERSONAL INFO Name: Fred Williamson

Nationality: British Hometown: Shrewsbury Age: 29 University: University of Leeds Major: Mathematics Teaching Experience: 7.5 years Specialty: Teacher training, learning theory Favorite Food: Anything with chicken in it Star Sign: Scorpio


INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 1

Why are you teaching English? Language is, afterall, power. Being able to teach and give power to those around me gave me a great sense of satisfaction. But that wasn’t enough. As a teacher, I could only teach a certain number of students. By becoming a teacher trainer, I found that I have extended my reach to all students that are taught by the teachers attending my training.

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What do you excel at teaching? I excel at large classroom debate classes. It is definitely one of my favourite places to be. I enjoy the raw energy created by lifting the students into fits of rage as they argue about which colour is better, blue or red!

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What do you think is the best study method? Set small achievable goals. Make sure that this goal is paramount to that long term goal and then do everything in your power to achieve it. Break it down into minutes if you have to. Think big. Do small.

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What have your students taught you? The most important thing that I have learnt is that mostly, I am wrong. My opinion is just my own and I should never force that opinion on anyone. Ever.

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