OUR CHINESE TEACHERS
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.
Centre Administration Manager
Rachel Wong manages our Perth branch organising teachers and classrooms there. She is also responsible for the development of our student materials and developing student tools such as Quizlet and a new forthcoming animation tool for learning Chinese conversation. She is currently studying at Edith Cowan University in Perth.
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.
Ruben Xu Rui is from Anhui Province. He is a native Mandarin Speaker and fluent in speaking English and Spanish. After obtaining his Bachelor Degree of Spanish in Beijing Language and Culture University, he is currently studying Master of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has experience in teaching Chinese and communicating with exchange students from various countries, and he is always passionate about sharing Chinese language and culture. He is also full of imagination and always try to develop something new and make each single lesson a unique experience for 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.
Lillian Qianyi Li comes from Guangzhou. She is a native speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin. She is currently studying Economics and Computing at the University of Melbourne. Lillian has her own YouTube Channel, she is very passionate on sharing Chinese culture and Language tips. Her past experiences on teaching English to children help developed her unique teaching style.
Suzie Jiaxin Liu is from Dalian City, Liaoning Province. She is a native speaker of Mandarin and fluent in English and Japanese. After obtaining her Bachelor Degree majoring in International Business, she is currently studying her Master of Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne. She has experience in teaching Chinese to exchange students with different cultural backgrounds, and she is very enthusiastic in sharing her Chinese and culture with interesting teaching approaches.
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.
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.
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
Laura Xuan Deng comes from Nanning, Guangxi. She is a native Chinese speaker. Currently, she is a postgraduate student at the University of Melbourne and her major is Applied Linguistics. She completed her Bachelor degree majoring in Chinese Literature and she worked as an intern teacher at a local middle school in her hometown during her senior year. She loves sharing her knowledge of Chinese culture and language, and she will try her best to help students to learn Chinese efficiently.
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.
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.
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.
Our Perth Chinese Teachers
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.
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.
Miriam Chiu is originally from Hong Kong. She is a native speaker of Cantonese and fluent in Mandarin and English. She currently studies a double major in English and Psychology at the University of Western Australia. She is passionate about teaching and loves to share her knowledge of Chinese culture as well as exploring the Australian culture. She is also willing to help students to learn effectively.