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
Sarah Wang is from Beijing and is a native speaker of Mandarin. She obtained her Bachelor of Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication. Currently, she is doing her Masters of Teaching at Melbourne University, where she has done her first teaching placements. Back in China, she has taught students English in a weekend school and has worked in an English tutoring organization .
Yi Sun is from Hebei Province, China. He is a native mandarin speaker. He obtained his Bachelor of English from Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology. Currently he is doing his Masters of Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. Before he came to Australia, Yi Sun had been teaching English and working as a translator back in China. He is passionate about both Chinese and English, as well as sharing his knowledge to others.
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.
Yolanda Zhao was born in Nanjing, China. As a native speaker of Chinese Mandarin, she loves Chinese culture and classical literature. She has completed her Bachelor Degree majoring in Journalism in China and currently undertaking her Masters of Global Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne. Yolanda is an energetic, patient and positive teacher. She has a passion for teaching her students to explore and taste the beauty of the Chinese language.
Jenny Jingyi Dong comes from Jining in Shandong Province, the birthplace and home of the great Chinese philosopher Confucius. She is currently studying for Master of Biotechnology in at the University of Melbourne, and has obtain her Bachelor of Science in Lanzhou University. She has experience in tutoring primary students and was a part-time translator in China. She hopes to bring an enjoyable and knowledgeable journey of Chinese learning with our Accelerated Learning techniques.
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.
Jesse Tse comes from Hong Kong. She is a native Cantonese speaker and also fluent in Mandarin and English. Currently, she is studying her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She has experience in tutoring both adults and high school students. She is passionate in teaching and determined to provide a relaxing and fun environment in order to maximise learners' enjoyment in learning Chinese languages at ACCS.
Daisy Shuyue He is from Anhui province, China. She is a native speaker in Mandarin and fluent in English. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts (Major in Communications) and Secondary Education Double Degree at Monash University. She loves Chinese literature and she also plays the piano and Erhu (Chinese violin). She is passionate in teaching and believes her students will have a joyful journey in learning the Chinese language and culture with her.
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.
Tanya Tang is from Xinjiang. She completed Bachelor of Arts in Japanese at Hainan University. She also spent one year studying in Japan as an Exchange Student. Currently, she is undertaking her Executive Masters of Arts at Melbourne University. Passionate in teaching, she has experience in tutoring high school students and a part-time Chinese tutor in Japan. As a Chinese culture lover, she had studied GuZheng (a traditional Chinese instrument) for 6 years and had been invited to perform in many art shows. She is a native speaker in Mandarin and also fluent in Japanese and English. She loves to support every learner to obtain a fun and enjoyable study journey in ACCS.
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
Kathy Hsin was born in Perth and raised in Guangzhou, China. Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, she wants to share her understanding of both Chinese as well as Australian culture with others. She is currently doing her Bachelor of Biomedicine at Melbourne University as she is passionate about health science as well as the promotion of health education. She cares about education equity and she has worked as a voluntary English teacher in a rural school in China.
Eureka Guo was born and raised in Guangzhou. She is a native speaker of both Mandarin and Cantonese, and is fluent in English. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Construction at the University of Melbourne. She previously had experience in teaching Cantonese to adults. Eureka loves teaching her students about Chinese language and culture.
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!
Becky Wang was born in Guilin. She obtained her Bachelor of Journalism at the Communication University of China. Now, she is a graduate student at Melbourne University, majoring in Business. She is a native Madarin speaker and she speaks good English. She worked as voluntary Mandarin and English teacher in Thailand. She is easygoing, fun and responsible.
Monica Yu was born in Fujian and raised in Melbourne. She is a native speaker of both English and Mandarin. She is currently pursuing a Double degree in Education and Psychology at Monash University. Previously she has had Chinese teaching experience while teaching Prep to Grade 6 advance students at a local private School. She is also the Vice President of Education for an Australian-Chinese youth association in Monash. Monica is passionate about helping her students learn the Chinese language and culture to the best of their potential.
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Our Sydney Chinese Teachers
Mary Xu graduated from University of Technology in Sydney with a Masters in International Marketing. She was born in Shanghai and grew up in the south-west of China. Through living in different cities, she had experienced different sub-cultures and life patterns within China. She speaks four major Chinese dialects. She is the fifth generation as a teacher in her family and she has had many varied experiences in teaching both adults and children. She has also published many articles and poems in various newspapers and magazines since she was thirteen.
Amy Liang comes from Guilin, China. She speaks Mandarin and Cantonese fluently. Now, she is pursuing her Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Japanese Studies) at the University of Sydney. She likes classical music and started playing the violin since she was 6. She loves learning new languages and hopes she could teach Chinese culture by teaching Chinese to people who are interested in it. She hopes her students will enjoy learning Chinese language and Culture with her.
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.
Yumeng Zhang is originally from Shandong, China. She moved to Singapore at the age of 14 and she speaks fluent Mandarin and English. Currently, she is studying her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales, majoring in Business Law and International Business. She has tutored Primary and Secondary levels of English in Singapore. With a strong passion in meeting people from various cultures and backgrounds, she hopes to gain valuable experience as a teacher at 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.
Our Perth Chinese Teachers
Monica Zhou is from Jining, Shandong. She is a native speaker of Chinese Mandarin, speaks English fluently, and has had experience speaking Japanese. Currently she is studying Literary and Cultural Studies as her Bachelor's degree at Curtin University. She has taught English to kindergarten and primary school students, in an English Training School in China. She loves teaching and hopes to use Accelerated Learning Techniques when teaching Chinese language and Chinese culture.
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.
Elaine Li comes from Nanjing , and is a native speaker of Chinese Mandarin. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science at University of Western Australia, majoring in Pharmacology and Economics. She is very outgoing and loves making friends with people. She has a passion for teaching and hopes to help students of ACCS get a better knowledge of Chinese and Chinese culture.
Bing Zhang is from Nanjing, Jiangsu. He is a native speaker of Chinese Mandarin and speaks English fluently. Currently he is studying Software Engineering as his Master's degree at the University of Western Australia. He has experience in teaching teenagers coding language in Coderdojor project in WA. He is looking forward to share the stories about Chinese culture and language to others, and he hopes to provide a relaxed and enjoyable environment for students to study in ACCS.