Staff Profiles

Temple Xin

Temple Xin

Temple is Manager, Senior Teacher and a translator at Macquarie Mandarin. She specializes in Business Mandarin and cultural training for corporate clients.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Literature from Peking University, a Master of Arts in Chinese Studies from the University of Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Macquarie University. She is a long-standing freelance writer and has contributed to Australia’s most significant Chinese language newspapers as well as other publications.

Teaching, writing and cooking are my lifelong passions. – Temple

Jia Lu

Jia Lu

Jia has many years’ experience teaching all levels at Macquarie Mandarin. She also teaches Mandarin at university and is an experienced interpreter.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of International and Business Management, Beijing, and a Master of Arts in Applied Japanese for Business Purposes from the University of Sydney. Currently she is undertaking a Masters Degree by Research at the University of New South Wales on the implications of Cognitive Load Theory regarding the instructional design for Chinese language teaching.

My teaching focuses on providing clear and structured instruction that is easy for learners to remember and use.  Jia

Vincent Zhang

Vincent Zhang

Vincent has taught Mandarin in China, Indonesia and Australia.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Jinan University, Guangzhou, a Master of Education from the University of Sydney, and a Diploma in Education from the University of New South Wales.

I always cater to the needs of individual students. I like to develop my students’ speaking and listening skills using a range of methods, such as conversation, discussion and debate. – Vincent

 
Stella Wang

Stella Wang

Stella has taught Mandarin at international schools in Beijing and at university level in Sydney.

She has a Bachelor of Law and Master of Law from Renmin University of China, Beijing, a Master of International Communication from Macquarie University, and a Certificate IV in LOTE Teaching from the University of New South Wales.

I love to see my students’ abilities and confidence grow. I believe it is important to engage students using interactive means and encourage my students to use their new language skills inside and outside the classroom. – Stella

Nina Wang

Nina Wang

Nina teaches Mandarin to children and adults. She also has a deep interest in calligraphy.

She graduated with a double degree in Chinese Literature and Art from Peking University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Sydney. She is enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at Macquarie University.

I’m passionate about teaching Mandarin and place each student’s needs first. I’m keen to help my students achieve their goals while developing a deep understanding of the language and the essence of Chinese culture. – Nina

 

Xin Li

Since migrating from Dalian to Sydney in 2005, Xin has been a Mandarin teacher for both children and adults. He also has many years of Mandarin teaching experience in public schools in NSW.

Xin graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Liaoning University in 1991 and completed a Master of Education from Dalian Foreign Languages Institute in 1998. His qualifications include a Master of Teaching for Primary from University of Western Sydney in 2010, and the Professional Development Certificate in the Teaching of Community Languages from UNSW in 2007.

You cannot learn a language well without reference to its culture. I would like to be your facilitator in learning Chinese and appreciating Chinese culture. – Xin

Nora He

Nora He

Nora specialises in language learning programs for children. She has taught in community language schools in Sydney and was involved in the development of supporting material for the K-12 Chinese syllabus used in NSW schools.

She has a Bachelor of Arts from Beijing Normal University, and a Certificate in Teaching Community Languages from the University of New South Wales.

I am passionate about teaching Mandarin and particularly love teaching children…helping them progress from the beginner’s stage to become fluent speakers. – Nora

Kelly Tsai

Kelly Tsai

Kelly is a native Mandarin speaker from Taiwan. Before moving to Australia she taught Mandarin to foreign students at the Language Center of the National Taiwan University.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Soochow University (Taiwan), a Master of Literature in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Jinan University (Guangzhou), and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from TAFE (NSW).

I love teaching Mandarin. My greatest achievement has been to see my students speak Mandarin with confidence. – Kelly

 

Ally Xu

Ally Xu

Ally teaches children and adults at Macquarie Mandarin.

She holds a Bachelor Degree in English Language Teaching from Nanjing Institute of International Studies, a Master Degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and a PhD in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University. She is an accredited NAATI Level 3 Professional Interpreter for Mandarin and English in both directions.

I’m very interested in the study of languages and second language acquisition. Teaching Mandarin to speakers of English has helped me to notice and appreciate characteristics of the Chinese language. – Ally

 

Xiaoshan Lin

Xiaoshan Lin

Xiaoshan (Sunny) is a Mandarin and Cantonese speaker. An expert in children’s education, she also has experience teaching adults.

She graduated with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education from South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China, a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Macquarie University, and a Master of Education from the University of Sydney.

Interest is a wonderful motivator. Please nurture your child’s interest in Chinese language and culture and allow it to develop into a lifelong love. – Xiaoshan

 

Anna Jiao

Anna Jiao

Anna teaches children and adults at Macquarie Mandarin. She is passionate about Chinese calligraphy and has incorporated a calligraphy component into some of her courses.

Anna graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Primary Education. She obtains the NSW Department of Education teaching approval. Anna is completing her Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) at the University of Sydney.

I like to enthuse and motivate my students and use a variety of techniques to achieve this. – Anna

Cathy Chen

Cathy Chen

Cathy speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. She has taught Chinese in community language schools in Sydney.

She has a Diploma of Primary English Education from Guangdong Teachers College of Foreign Language and Arts, and a Certificate in Language Teaching from the University of Sydney.

I enjoy teaching. I try to make my Mandarin classes interesting and fun. My students enjoy my flexible teaching style and have been successful in achieving their goals. – Cathy

Franny Yang

Franny Yang

Franny has many years’ experience teaching Mandarin at all levels. She has taught in Shanghai as well as in Sydney.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Chinese Language and Literature) from East China Normal University, Shanghai, a Master of Translation and Interpreting from Macquarie University, and a Graduate Diploma in TESOL from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Trust in your own ability to learn Mandarin with its many challenges and rewards – it’s fun. – Franny

Lei Lei

Lei Lei

Lei teaches courses for adults and children at Macquarie Mandarin. Since 2006 she has taught Mandarin in Europe, China and Australia.

She has a Bachelor of Economics from Wuhan University, China, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics from Western Sydney University, and a Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is also an accredited interpreter and translator.

Being a passionate language learner myself, I love to share my experience with other language learners and help them with every step on their way to success. – Lei

Ying Liu

Ying Liu

Ying teaches children’s classes at Macquarie Mandarin. She also teaches Mandarin at a selective high school.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Performance) from Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is currently undertaking a Master of Music (Musicology) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

Teaching is an art; learning should be fun. – Ying

Dong Yu

Dong Yu

Dong is a native Mandarin speaker from Beijing who enjoys teaching Mandarin to adults and children.

She has a Graduate Diploma from Capital Normal University, Beijing, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Murdoch University (Perth), and a Certificate in LOTE Teaching from the University of New South Wales.

I like to make Mandarin learning an enjoyable experience. – Dong

Charles Teng

Charles Teng

Charles is a conference and medical interpreter and an experienced translator.

He holds a Bachelor Degree in English Language and Literature from Nanjing Institute of International Studies, a Master Degree in Law from Sun Yat-sen University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from Guangdong Institute of Social Sciences. He is an accredited NAATI Level 3 Professional Interpreter for Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

I am committed to facilitating communication between different language users. – Charles

John Xu

John Xu

John has broad interpreting experience, primarily at tribunals. He also has experience translating a wide range of documents.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University, a Master of Computer Science from the University of New South Wales, a Master of International Business from the University of Sydney, a Diploma of Translation (Mandarin and an Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Mandarin) from Petersham TAFE.

When interpreting and translating, the most important thing is to convey the real meaning as precisely as possible. – John