Dr Moni Lai Storz (nee' Lai Suan Tin) is our Academic Director and is responsible for the development and implementation of our Chinese studies curriculum using Accelerated Learning techniques. Dr Storz spent many years researching and experimenting with accelerated learning methods for the teaching and training of a range of subjects - Sociology, Stress Management, Cross-cultural Communication skills, Learning skills, etc. She was the first to apply Accelerated Learning techniques to the teaching of Chinese writing in Australia and this has been documented in her book: MIND BODY POWER:THE SELF HELP BOOK ON ACCELERATED LEARNING (Times Books International, Singapore, 1989, Reprinted 1990, 1993) Dr Storz claims that accelerated learning techniques have increased her creativity and expanded her consciousness. She writes fiction as a hobby. Her published works include, Notes To My Sisters (Times Books), Artworks of The Soul (GBS), Heaven Has Eyes (Monash Int.), Switch on Your Mind (Allen & Unwin). Her books can be obtained from our Shopfront. Moni founded this Chinese Centre 14 years ago and is now currently our Academic Director and Principal.
Jeffrey Lai is the Executive Director of the Australasian Centre of Chinese Studies and is responsible for the Chinese Centre globally from a strategic point of view. He is also the Executive Director of Global Business Strategies, a company specialising in cross-cultural mangement training for businesses around the Asia Pacific rim. He has an Electrical Engineering degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology from Monash University. Jeffrey has over fifteen years of experience in the computer industry working for Japanese, Italian and American computer companies prior to establishing ACCS and GBS. Jeffrey is also an experienced trainer using Accelerated Learning techniques. He was a lecturer at the Hawthorn campus of Melbourne University teaching a variety of subjects in the Information Technology area. He has also jointly given workshops and seminars on Accelerated Learning with Dr Moni Storz. He is a pioneer in the application of Accelerated Learning to the teaching of computer subjects.
Shirley Lo is our Operations Manager and is responsible for the overseeing of all the activities in the organisation which contribute to the smooth and effective operations of ACCS such as supervising staff, project management, working with our clients, students and teachers. She obtained her Bachelor degree at Monash University in Melbourne. She had 30 years of experience in the corporate sector and was an Operations Manager for an international company before joining our organisation.
Chinese Centre Manager
Robert Wong comes from Malaysia originally and is fluent in both Chinese Mandarin and English. He was our Senior teacher at our Perth branch of the Australasian Centre of Chinese Studies (ACCS). He is now our Chinese Centre Manager for the Melbourne, Perth and Sydney Centres and makes sure that all goes well with both our students and teachers. He is also currently undertaking a Mathematics degree at RMIT University.
Shirley Wong is our Events Coordinator and looks after all the social events for ACCS. Experienced in organising seminars of speakers and social events she is excited to organise opportunities to bring ACCS students together to share good times and develop friendships. Shirley is a qualified ESL teacher and experienced librarian. She is a graduate from the University of Melbourne.
Our Melbourne Chinese Teachers
Alice Gaofei Xue is from Chengdu City, Sichuan Province. She is a native speaker of Mandarin and fluent in speaking English. She is currently doing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, studying different subjects in Psychology, Law, Sociology and Education. She has been passionate about teaching and had experience tutoring primary school students at Olympic Village Primary School. She aims to make classes enjoyable and to share Chinese language and cultures with students.
Joyce Siying Huang is from Guangdong Province. She is a native speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin. After obtaining her Bachelor Degree majoring in Applied Linguistics, she is now studying her Master of Translation at the University of Melbourne. Joyce is experienced in second language teaching, before teaching in ACCS, she worked as a Chinese teacher at a school in India. With this overseas experience, she loves to communicate with people from different cultural backgrounds and enjoys sharing knowledge of Chinese language.
Jenny is a great teacher - she is very patient and keen to answer all sort of questions from myself and other classmates. She introduces a lot of new characters, words and information about Chinese life into the class, but it all makes sense and is relevant to what we are learning that day! Consequently, I feel I have learnt a little bit more about the Chinese language and culture than what can be gained from a text book alone. The school has a good approach to learning - I feel it is fun, relaxed and no pressure.
Hao Li comes from Baoding in Hebei Province. She is a native speaker of Mandarin and fluent in English. She has completed her Bachelor degree majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and is currently studying for Mater of Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. She has experiences of teaching both Chinese and English as foreign languages and has taught students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds. Hao is an energetic, patient teacher and always tries her best to make every class enjoyable.
Alice Yijia Chen is from Guangdong Province. She is a native speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin. Having been in Melbourne since 2013, she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree in the University of Melbourne. She is currently undertaking the Professional Year program of Monash Professional Pathways. Enjoying the cultural diversity in Australia, she is excited about interacting with people from various cultures whilst teaching. She hopes that students would have pleasant experiences with her at ACCS.
I also want to let you know how much I am enjoying the lessons. They are really entertaining! I am very happy with my teacher, she has created a great classroom environment. The content is good and I feel like I am improving. I have recommended your company to some of my colleagues, I think one of them has signed up for next Term's Level 1.
Shirley Wang comes from Xinjiang Province and obtained her Bachelor of Publishing at Wuhan University. She is currently doing her Master of Global Media Communication at the University of Melbourne. She is a native speaker of Chinese and believes in the beauty of the Chinese language and Chinese literature. She has her own Wechat Official Account to write and share some articles written in Chinese and she is enthusiastic about Chinese teaching and wants to let more people see and experience the profusion of Chinese language and culture.
Rainie Su is from Shandong Province and is a native Mandarin and fluent English speaker. After obtaining her Bachelor of English Literature and Translation and Teacher Certification, she is currently doing her Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Melbourne. With a solid experience in second language teaching, she has developed her personal teaching styles to lead a diverse and motivating language learning environment. She is also passionate in culture communications and is willing to share interesting Chinese cultural tips with students.
I'd just like to let you know how happy I've been with the ACCS course. I've tried a few different self-study approaches to learning Chinese and it just didn't happen. The ACCS course has really helped and I'm enjoying myself as I go. Ling Sea is part of what makes learning so much fun, and I'm very happy to hear that she'll be the teacher for the Monday class.
Tara Yuhan Zhang comes from Changsha, Hunan province. She speaks Mandarin and English fluently, and she can also speak 3 major dialects in China. She is now studying her Master of Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne. Before coming to Melbourne, she studied Television and Broadcasting, and she has had much experience in the Communications industry in China. She is very keen about sharing the Chinese culture and language to others, learning different languages herself, and she hopes to provide a relaxed and enjoyable environment for students to study in ACCS.
Crystal Yuan is from Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province. She is a native speaker of Mandarin. She has completed her Bachelor and Masters degree majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in Beijing Foreign Studies University. Currently she is doing her PhD in Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She has experience in teaching Chinese to students from different language, culture and social backgrounds. She is enthusiastic in stimulating and sustaining students’ motivation to learn Chinese continually. She hopes to help students be fluent in Chinese without tears.
I just wanted to give you some feedback on the Class. It was amazing, so interesting, and Amy was fantastic, i.e I thought I would struggle, but the way the course was structured and the way it was presented it was really user friendly, hence I thoroughly enjoyed same.
Anne Marie Kavanagh
Katrine Li comes from Xi'an. She is a native Mandarin speaker and is fluent in both English and Norwegian. Currently she is studying her Masters of Management (Accounting) at the University of Melbourne. She completed her Bachelor degree majoring in Norwegian Language and Literature at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is experienced in tutoring foreign languages and was a casual translator in China. Katrine is passionate in teaching and communicating with her students.
Harvey Maiwei Ge comes from Guizhou Province, China. He is a native Mandarin speaker, fluent in English, and familiar with dialects in the Southwestern China. Harvey has completed his Bachelor degree majoring in International Politics, as well as one minoring in English, from Shanghai International Studies University. He is currently doing his Masters of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. Before teaching Chinese in ACCS, Harvey was a Chinese Drama actor. With this experience on the stage, now he enjoys sharing knowledge of Chinese language and culture with students through entertaining classes.
Krystal has honestly been a tremendous help in making the learning of Chinese fun again. I remember dreading Chinese classes when I was a child, but my fears were immediately eradicated because of Krystal. She is always punctual, smiling, patient and dedicated to her students. She is very encouraging when she reviews our work or hears that we are trying to pronounce words or construct sentences. I'm sure all her students would agree that we are very lucky to have her!
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Our Sydney Chinese Teachers
Jennifer Xu comes from Chuzhou, Anhui. She is a native Chinese speaker. Now, she is pursuing her Master of Professional Accounting at the University of Sydney. She has tutored school students before in China including teaching children Chinese and Chinese culture in Lebanon as a volunteer. During her Bachelor degree, she joined a reading club related to Confucius and the Analects of Confucius. Thus, she is passionate about Chinese and Chinese culture, and will be glad to share them.
Yutong Jin comes from Lanzhou, Gansu province of China. She is a native speaker of Mandarin. She is pursuing the research program at the University of Sydney. With the background of Chinese, she would like to utilize her knowledge for sharing language.
I really like Carol's approach. Carol possesses a nuturing, positive and encouraging teaching style, clearly founded on her obvious professionalism and competence, coupled with her clear capacity to distil the language to her students in a relaxed, but clear, supportive and coherent manner. Carol is a credit to the ACCS tutoring team.
Chris Quan too in Beginners 1 is clearly a dedicated and professional tutor. If both Carol and Chris are a reflection on the overall quality of ACCS's tutors generally, then that is ample motivation to remain with ACCS over the course of my Mandarin language study. I am very heartened that I chose ACCS.
Cathy Xu comes from Foshan, Guangdong. She speaks English, Mandarin, and Cantonese fluently. She is now studying her Bachelor of Arts/Education degrees at the University of New South Wales, majoring in Chinese studies with a minor in Linguistics. She has taught children Mandarin in Sydney for about a year and a half. She loves dancing and playing the piano. She also has a very strong passion for languages and is self-studying Japanese. With her language background and teaching experience, she aims to become an excellent and fun teacher with ACCS.
Xin Meng comes from Taian, Shandong. She is a native Mandarin speaker. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD degree in Education at the University of Sydney. She has experience in teaching Chinese to college students at the University of Pennsylvania and was a Chinese tutor in the Confucius Institute at Temple University as well. She also has experience in conducting private Chinese lessons for high school students when she was in the US. With her passion for teaching Mandarin, she would love to share her knowledge of Chinese language and culture.
Our Perth Chinese Teachers
Amanda Li comes from Tongliao Inner Mongolia and is a native speaker of Chinese Mandarin. She is currently undertaking her Master degree at the University of Western Australia, majoring in Translation Studies (Chinese-English). She is passionate about Chinese language teaching and making new friends. With her language background, she will definitely deliver a very professional and enjoyable experience to her students.
Anthea Liu is from the Yunnan province in China. She is fluent in Mandarin and English. She currently studies at the University of Western Australia. She learned traditional Chinese Calligraphy since she was a child so she is good at Chinese Calligraphy as well. She has a passion for Chinese culture and Australian culture and she would love to share her knowledge of Chinese culture and language to others.
As you know the Mandarin Intensive course held in Sydney is now over and I just wanted to say that, together with my other classmates, we really enjoyed it very much. One of the main reasons we have enjoyed the course so much is certainly due to Ji Chao's extraordinary professionalism and teaching skills. For example, Ji Chao was more than happy to be stopped at any time if we did not understand something to clarify and answer our questions. She was so enthusiastic and yet non-judgmental and this made us feel so comfortable and minimised any frustrations associated with learning a new language. And yes she always had a smile and yet so skilfully managed to present all the material within the allocated time so we felt no pressure, no frustration. Beautiful experience. Thank you very much.
Amy Chunmeng Wang comes from Changchun in Jilin province. She is a native speaker of Mandarin and fluent in English. She has completed her Bachelor degree majoring in English at the Ocean University of China. She also has a Master degree majoring in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages) from the University of Edinburgh. She is passionate about sharing Chinese language and culture and willing to help learners develop their interests in both.
Lorraine Chan is originally from Hong Kong. As a native speaker of Cantonese, she is also fluent in both Mandarin and English. She is doing Master of Dietetics at the Curtin University at the moment. She is a passionate ACCS Mandarin teacher. She loves sharing Chinese culture as well as exploring Aussie culture. She is an affable, gregarious, and multi-cultural person.