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你好 (Ni Hao)! Hello! 

My name is Peggy Kao and I am excited to be teaching Mandarin Chinese at WSCA.I started Mandarin program at WSCA in 2011. Having grown up in Taiwan and lived in China for several years, I am a native speaker of Chinese. I have taught this language to students of all ages, from kindergarten to college students. I am passionate about teaching Chinese, and I am honored to be able to help others learn such a useful language in our growing global community. While teaching Chinese, I also hope to be able to share many aspects of Chinese culture as well.
 In addition to teaching, I also enjoy traveling and experiencing adventures in different cultural settings. I love spending time with my husband and my two children, who are in college. My favorite animal is the Giant Panda, and I like to relax by watching our fish in our aquarium, walking our dog, drinking Chinese tea.

My philosophy of education is to foster creative learning by integrating both technology and personal experience. I believe in having fun while learning to speak Chinese fluently. Modern technology has enabled us to communicate with people all over the world by a simple click on a keyboard. ”Teach a student according to each one’s learning ability” is Confucius’s teaching motto which I also adopt in my philosophy of education. I am confident everyone can learn Chinese. My students will have an opportunity to speak Chinese to students in Taiwan and China. Mandarin Chinese is an intriguing language. Students will find adventure and excitement all throughout the school year. We will go on a field trip to Chinatown in San Francisco. There will be an opportunity for students to travel to Taiwan for Spring Break, and China for a language camp during the summer. We will also celebrate major Chinese holidays.
My goal for my students is to equip them with tools for speaking, reading, writing and understanding Chinese. Someday, wherever they go, they will use these tools to build a bridge between the East and the West. I have confidence in my students someday becoming ambassadors to China, working at the United Nations as Chinese interpreters, functioning as businessmen and women who can converse comfortably in Chinese and English, or just carrying on a conversation with a Chinese restaurant owner or their Chinese neighbors. I will use every opportunity to teach my students to learn Chinese to the best of their abilities. I also expect my students to set high goals for themselves and work hard to achieve them.

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