Originally from China, I speak English as a second language myself, so I share a lot of similar experience with my ESL students and understand their needs.
I came to the United States in the mid-80's after teaching English for a few years at a college of foreign languages in Shanghai, China.
After a year of hard work, I earned my master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Encouraged by my professors, I decided to pursue a Ph.D degree and was awarded a fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. A change in my academic program brought me to Louisiana State Univeristy, where I taught Chinese and finally received my Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1991.
I moved to Southern California with my family in 1991, and we really like it here: the weather, the cultures, the foods, and the people. I started teaching ESL as a part-time instructor at three community colleges in the Los Angeles area. During this time, I met a lot of wonderful students and teachers from whom I learned so much. I became a full-time instructor at Cypress College in 1992.
During the last twenty years at Cypress, I have taught all the levels of ESL core courses and have created and been teaching the four ESL grammar courses as well as the three beginning Mandarin Chinese courses.
Cypress College is a great place to be at!