Our Teachers 2017/18
Lina CAI Pricinpal Teacher
Class: SQA National 5, Higher & Advanced Higher and Art class
Mrs Cai Lina (Li-nan McClellan), specializing in Chinese and Western literature, culture, and history, has worked in the Department of Chinese at Edinburgh University as a lecturer; at the Edinburgh University Chinese Language Center as Chinese teaching director, at Napier University, Fettes College (teaching the A level and GCSE qualifications), ESMS and other Chinese schools, and taught Chinese classes at Wood Mackenzie, Scottish Widows and other companies. She also won the award for excellent Chinese teaching.
Art is a personal interest of hers. Mrs Cai had won some small prizes while was a student, and held a couple of small private exhibitions before. She has been teaching at ACCS as a Chinese and art teacher for many years and as the head of the art department for more than one year. During her service, Mrs Cai directed our pupil Yang Ruyuan with her work “Sunflower” drawing to win the bronze medal at the Love of Golden-water Bridge contest.
Class: C1A and Chinese Calligraphy class
Miss Lyu comes from Tianjin, China. She holds bachelor degrees from the Chinese Language and Literature department of Nankai University and the English department of Tianjin Foreign Studies University.
Miss Lyu went to London to join the first UK Professional Training on Chinese Language Teaching and Teaching Materials in April 2010 and got a certificate issued by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. She was a Chinese teacher at our school from September 2010 to January 2012. She is returning to the school this year and said “I had the honour of joining the big family again and would like to work with teachers, parents and students to make a little contribution to the all-round development of children and the spread of Chinese language and culture.”
In terms of calligraphy, Miss Lyu was influenced by her father and her father’s uncle Xinwu Dong, the famous calligrapher from Tianjin. She fell in love with calligraphy at an early age and repeatedly won the first prize of the hard pen calligraphy competition and first or second prize of the soft pen calligraphy competition from primary school to university.
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Mrs Xiaowei Ma graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Mathematics and Statistics， and have been teaching at the Alba Cathay Chinese school for one year. She grew up in China and have great interest in Chinese history and Chinese culture. She have gained excellent achievements and valuable experience during my 20 years Chinese study.
Mrs Ma would like to show kids the beauty of the Chinese language and the essence of the Chinese culture through the teaching, and keen to develop multiple skills and overall abilities of children through language study. She tends to use interesting topics and various methods to let kids enjoy learning Chinese in a friendly and pleasant environment and would like to work together with parents to help their kids to develop their languguage skills for a better future.
Class: C3A and Art
Mrs Jingjing Shen is from Wuhan, Hubei. She graduated from Hubei University, accounting computerization subject. During her study, she won the first prize of the university painting and calligraphy contest and the third place of National University Games badminton. After graduation, she went to UK for further studies. In year 2016, she has completed a Chinese educational training program at College of Chinese language and culture, Jinan University, and gained Professional Competency Certificate of International Chinese Teacher by meeting the requirements of advanced level.
Mrs Jingjing Shen has cheerful and outgoing personality, and work with chariness and responsibility. She teaches through lively activities and instruction in order to raise students’ interest of learning Chinese. So that, kids can learn in a relax and happy environment.
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Class: 4A and Art
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朱浔 Xun ZHU
Ms Xun Zhu graduated from Jiangsu Normal University, awarded Mandarin level 2 class A certification in 2002 by Jiangsu Mandarine training test centre. She went to study in UK in 2003 and graduated in Heriot-Watt University and awarded academic distinction.
After graduation, Ms Zhu worked as a Fund Accountant in Edinburgh with several financial Institutes. She is a conscientious, well-motivated individual has excellent communication and transferable skills.
Ms Zhu likes children very much and has a long-standing interest within teaching area. She had worked as a personal tutor in Math and English for a number of primary school children before go abroad and also worked as a play leader, took care of 12 children in Heriot-Watt University chaplaincy while their parents are in meetings or worships.
As a result of her long-term overseas education and work experience, Ms Zhu has been very keen to spread the Chinese culture, and good at combining the Western education model, interact with children, teaching and learning together.
In addition to the content of textbook, Mr Peng Wang introduces rich knowledge in terms of Chinese history and contemporary Chinese culture. He is keen to engage effective communication and receive feedback from parents in order to make Chinese-learning interesting and improve quality.
- Year 2015: Assistant teacher in SQA class; Chinese teacher in Class 8
- Year 2016 – 2017: Chinese teacher in Class 4B
- Year 2017: Adjudicator for the 15th UK National Mandarin Reading Competition, hosted by UK Association for the Promotion of Chinese Education.
- Year 2011: graduated from Heriot-Watt University in 2011, BSc in biology and chemistry.
- Year 2005: achieved Certificate of National Mandarin proficiency test grade 2A
- Year 2001: achieved Grade 10 accordion in China
Ms Yuwei Zhao, graduate of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. Worked in China for many years at one of the world’s top 500 foreign-funded enterprises, engaged in international trade and related financial matters. Her work necessitated proficiency in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. She was also responsible for Chinese-language teaching for internal foreign and Hong Kong employees.
Ms Zhao has been with her current employer, an Edinburgh-based charity engaged in finance-related work, for more than 10 years; she also acts as a language consultant and undertakes official activities with the Chinese Government and institutions. In 2011, she started teaching at our school; during this period, she has performed SQA examinations, provided counselling to GCSE candidates and acquired a wealth of experience in using her own methods to implement the school’s teaching philosophy.
Ms Zhao was in receipt of Britain’s Outstanding Chinese Teacher Award in 2014, has been one of the judges of the UK Mandarin Reading Competition on several occasions and served as a Loretto School GCSE oral examiner for Cantonese in 2017. She hopes to continue to make progress with all of you.
Class: SQA National 5, Higher & Advanced Higher
Ms. Chunhua Tai holds a MSc degree in Language Teaching from the University of Edinburgh and a BA degree of Foreign Languages and Literature from National Taiwan University in Taipei. She is a certified teacher of EFL and Chinese Mandarin. She had been teaching in secondary schools in Taiwan before moving to Edinburgh. With 15 years’ experience in language teaching, Ms. Tai had taught courses for young children, students and adults. She was also engaged in teacher training for high school English teachers in Taiwan. Currently she also leads Mandarin Bookbug sessions in Newington Library, hoping to provide children with more input in Mandarin and to facilitate their development of the heritage language.
Miss Yuxi Heluo is studying in Heriot-Watt University MA Economics & Finance 4th year. In 2014, she volunteered to teach Mandarin in Burnbrae Primary School, Edinburgh. she was focused on helping Scottish students to learn Chinese culture and Chinese daily speaking. From 2015, she started to teach students in Alba Cathy Chinese School.
Miss Heluo mainly helped students to improve their examination and writing skills, encouraged them to read Chinese classic fiction including short stories and poetry. She is good at communicating with students and their parents since she’ve been working as Induction Helper and Student Ambassador for freshers in her university for two years.
She’s been playing the Chinese Zither for 6 years and passed the professional Chinese Zither exam. She loves speech and writing and participated a large amount of national speech and writing competitions in China and achieved both first and second prizes. Her focus is helping students to understand Chinese culture and Mandarin, not only during the class but also from their studies at home.
Miss Heluo encourages students to perform during the class and in all the shows or competitions and she believes in “Encouragement Education” which refers to every student having their own talents and the teacher should encourage and support them to find those out so that they can be more confident in their studies and in their life.
Yubo Wang，the teacher of music class, is a music enthusiast , with professional Chinese traditional instruments background. She was a performer of Tiancai University orchestra in China, and used to be the concertmaster of the orchestra. During the past three years, Yubo has accumulated rich experience in terms coaching children/adults developing Chinese instrument skills and preparing them for stage performances. Her students had set up bands and performed in different university concerts successfully.
Years of dancing: 10 years
Teaching experience: 4 years
Dance type: HIPHOP, JAZZ, URBAN, k-pop, WAACKING
Awards: in 2012, participated in the program recording of hunan TV’s “up bar, teenager”;
In 2013, won the champion of new artist cup of chengdu dancers association;
Won the third place in the “dancing city” national competition in 2014;
In 2015, participated in “Irish tap dance — river dance” recording;
2016 TFboys chengdu branch dancing choreography special tutor;
In 2016, I participated in the documentary program recording of hunan satellite TV.
In 2016, I won the “AREAN Korean dance competition” and went to the United States for further study.
In 2016, I won the championship of Chinese qi dance in WOD, a global street dance competition, and I was invited to Los Angeles to participate in the global finals.
Class: Latin Dance
Miss Chen Zong graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a master degree of International Accounting and Finance in November 2013.
Nowadays, she is preparing for examinations for“The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants”. At the same time, She is the treasure and board member of a charity which is called Y2K (Located at Edinburgh Mayfield) because charity is sacred in her heart and she was curious as to how to run a charity. She also want to make a contribution to the communication and development of culture from China and Western through the way of being a Chinese teacher in Alba Cathay Chinese School.
Miss Zong used to be private teacher for junior during winter and summer holiday when she was in university. What make her delighted is that a little girl made great progress in her class after those extra tutoring. What is more, it is been three years already since she started to teach Chinese to her language partner. All these experiences make her confident to be a good teacher in our school.
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Miss Chang Liu is a master degree of Education in University of Edinburgh. She can speak Korean and she has been teaching Korean for 2 years.
Miss Liu is an easy-going girl and she likes student-oriented class. She is good at encouraging students and motivating their enthusiasm. She will try her best to apply her teaching experience in teaching Chinese in our school.
Class: C4B and Speech/Public Speaking
Miss Jie Gao is the new teacher of Chinese langugage class 4B and will also be teaching the newly started Speech/Public Speaking class. She holds an MSc. in Education from the University of Edinburgh. During her two-year experience of language teaching, she was also nominated as a hostess, a judge and a guidance teacher in national speech contests in China to help students improve speaking skills and stage manners. Student-centred teaching atmosphere and elicitation teaching methods are enjoyed in her class with the aim to develop students’ critical thinking patterns.
Miss Gao strongly emphasises interaction between students and good teacher-student relationship. She will be introducing various teaching aids and activities in her class to help students learn by playing.
Dr Rui Wang，the teacher of dance class, is a dance enthusiast , with classical ballet and Chinese folk dance background. She was a performer of Beihang University Dance Group in China, and later on moved to Edinburgh and London to teach Chinese traditional dance.
During the past ten years, Rui has accumulated rich experience in terms coaching children/adults developing dancing skills and preparing them for stage performances. Her dance portfolio includes Chinese fan dance (twilight), umbrella dance (Jasmine), long-sleeve dance (Cai Wei), Tibetan dance (Kang Ding), Mongolian dance (Chopstick), etc. Her student Victoria (performer for Jasmine) was selected as the final UK representative, sponsored by the oranization to go to China for the worldwide Chinese Culture Champion.
Class: Alba Cathay Chinese Chamber Ensemble
Miss Mingshan Cong is a Master’s student in Education in the University of Edinburgh and currently the violinist in the Edinburgh University Sinfonia Orchestra.
During the period of her Master’s study, Miss Cong has attended several concerts in Edinburgh and went to Prague, Czech to perform on behalf of the University of Edinburgh. During her high school and university studies in China, Miss Cong has attended several concerts as well as competitions. She was the concert master of the XISU (Xi’an International Studies University) Student Orchestra from 2013 to 2016 and performed with the orchestra at the university art festivals and the new year concerts for several times. In 2011, Miss Cong performed Czardas Duet at the National Art Competition and was awarded the silver prize. At the same year, she was awarded The Young Artist of China by China Artist Association. In 2009, Miss Cong cooperated with a PhD student of Central Conservatory of Music to perform Zigeunerweisen at his individual recital.
Miss Chenxi Li is a master degree student of University of Edinburgh. Her piano level is 7 grade, and very good at singing. She was the art committee member in her class in university, and have organized big shows many times. She won the singing competition in her university as top 10.
Also, during her study in China, Miss Li took charge in teaching chorus and won the competition with the top prize. She was the main singer in a band with her friends. She is a positive,easy-going girl, and likes children very much. Her class will be very interesting, because she is very good at encouraging children to engage in the class activities.
Class: Happy Chinese level 1
Miss Xi Kang is studying Education (Child and Adolescent Psychology). She has the certificate of Rate A, level 2 of mandarin. Miss Kang had been in an internship as a teacher for two years in China. Shi taught in New Oriental Education & Technology Group in Shanghai. At the same time, she was a tutor of two primary school students. Under her help, their made great progress in studying.
When Miss Kang was in the University, she taught foreigners Chinese in pronunciation, writing characters and making sentences. Combining with stories, Miss Kang is good at attaching student’s attentions and inspire students to study. She hopes that teachers and parents can cooperate with each other and help students study better.
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Class: 7A and Photography class
Miss Yuke Xu got her BA degree of Chinese language and literature from Sun Yat-sen University this year and continue her study in the University of Edinburgh for a master degree of Education. She is good at the field of ancient China, such as literature, myths and traditional culture.
Miss Xu was the deputy head of news center in Sun Yat-sen University, taking charge of video clip shooting, film editing, and news compiling. She also plays the flute very well and has won many prizes in relevant competitions in China.
Miss Yan is a master degree of Tianjin Normal University. She has both Chinese advanced teacher qualification certificate and international mandarin teacher qualification certificate. Major in English and teaching Chinese as a second language. She is a mandarin teacher in the Lasswade High School.
Miss Yan likes using heuristic teaching to make pupils to make progress in mandarin. She is good at using association memorizing method to make pupils memorize character easier. After each unit, she will plan some game to help kids consolidate what they have learned. So far, she has taught mandarin in our Chinese school for more than half year.
Miss Xie is a master degree of Law in University of Edinburgh. She is an easy-going girl and she likes student-oriented class. She is good at encouraging students and motivating their enthusiasm. Art is a personal interest of hers and she has studied the art for a long time in China. She will try her best to apply her experience in teaching in the school.