I believe that we should not only help our students to improve their English, but also prepare them to understand, live and work in this complex, multi-cultured and rapidly changing Canadian society. To achieve these goals，we continue to push the boundaries of learning and teaching designed to meet our students' growing needs as they prepare for the next steps of their lives. At the same time, we engage and motivate students to embrace learning in creative and innovative ways. We strive to offer each student a unique way to learn because we understand that each student has his/her learning style. We are working diligently to help students get ready to face any challenge. Please feel free to contact us with any concerns, comments or questions. Open communications between parents, students and us are strongly encouraged to have effective work.
English teaching and research have been an integral part of my career for more than a decade. My BA in English Education and MA in English from Xi’an International Studies University, Xi’an, China have prepared me for teaching and guiding students of various levels from Grade 4 to post-secondary and adult learning. My MEd (thesis) in Educational Policy Studies from University of Alberta deepened my understanding of cultural and social issues in Canada, providing me with unique perspectives on Social Studies and texts commonly covered in ELA 10-30. I’m currently working on a Ph.D. in Education with a sociological approach, where my research and undergraduate teaching continue to benefit my holistic understanding and practice of teaching.
I started my career as a language instructor in 2010. Over the years, I have worked in universities in U.S., China, and Canada. At Raven Consulting, I mostly teach IELTS, high school English, and other individualized courses. As a researcher in Language Education, I can apply my strong theoretical knowledge in language development to every learner's challenges.
My engineering background allowed me to analyze IELTS questions as an engineer, extract the framework of passages and the exact answers to questions based on structural links, and summarize the underlying techniques which are simple but useful. I believe that enhanced reading skills are essential for students in both language exams and their academic life.
My exchanges with students allow me to experience how they conceptualize writing and theory. I prompt them to share their ideas with an emphasis on content and structure. In all my feedback, I make it clear that writing is best understood as a process with the goal of communicating and expressing ideas. Thus, I teach students applicable writing techniques and how to find and incorporate appropriate secondary sources. I also encourage my international students by emphasizing that perfect grammar, in the formal sense, is often not the goal of communication, but that the conveying of unique ideas and connections in an effective and coherent manner is (an aspect of functional grammar).
I enjoy working with students to improve their language performance and witness learners' successes of achieving their life goals. With my background in TESOL, I believe with appropriate guidance and practice language can be a huge facilitator for everyone.
Working as an English instructor in North America and China provides me an open mind to fulfill students' needs of improving their English language ability in various domains. Through my bachelor's degree in linguistics, my enthusiasm for language greatly increased as linguistics led me to amazing adventures. Having learned different ways to interpret syntax, I have acquired a systematic understanding of English grammar, which gives me another perspective in English teaching. Later on with my study and research in TESOL at master’s level, I combined the theories in Second Language Acquisition with my classroom teaching practice, from which I have been equipped with knowledge and techniques to facilitate my students to learn English from functional, interactional and sociocultural perspectives.