Key Language Training – Staff and Teachers
Founded in 2010, Key Language Training is a Mandarin Chinese school dedicated to providing excellent Mandarin Chinese language and cultural training in the Lower Mainland of BC, Canada. Classes are designed to be conversational, dynamic and highly interactive. Our teachers are highly qualified and professionally trained. They are hand-picked through our screening and interviewing process. Our variety of classes and small groups sizes ensure an optimum environment for quick results and successful learning for your business, personal and social purposes.
Founder of Key Language Training, Suzanne Zhu has 15 years’ experience teaching languages to adults and children. Suzanne was born in China and Mandarin is her native tongue. She is also fluent in French, English and Cantonese. Before immigrating to Canada in 2004, she taught Mandarin, French and English at the American, British and French Consulates in Guangzhou, China. Suzanne also taught individuals, corporate executives and students at various international schools.
Suzanne has received teacher training in both China and Canada. She obtained a BA degree in French from Sun Yat-Sen University, a diploma in Education from South China Teachers University, and received her Teacher Education at the University of British Columbia.
Suzanne is a certified member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia. She has been a professional interpreter/translator for many years, translating between Chinese-French and Chinese – English. She is responsible for the overall operation of the Chinese language training and Chinese translation services.
A creative thinker and enthusiastic teacher, Angel makes learning Mandarin a unique experience for each of her students by adapting the curriculum and preparing tailored lesson plans to accommodate individual interest and needs.
An efficient communicator with strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills, she is capable of connecting and engaging individuals in the classroom and fostering an interactive and dynamic learning environment for students of all ages. She is a native Mandarin speaker and is fully trilingual in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She has been teaching Mandarin for 4 years. Outgoing, sincere, and always searching out new opportunities to learn and grow. Angel earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Sauder School of Business.
Jennifer was born and raised in Beijing China. She has more than ten years experience in teaching Chinese as a second language. She taught Mandarin in Beijing Institute of Economic Management and University of International Business and Economics. She delivered various courses, such as speaking, listening, reading, writing, business Chinese, Chinese culture, and HSK training courses, to students coming from different countries and compiled a textbookBusiness Chinese-Listening & Speaking, which filled in gaps in business Chinese language teaching at that time.
Jennifer obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Beijing Language and Culture University. In 2007, she got a Master’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University. Jennifer shows great enthusiasm in teaching Mandarin Chinese.
Michael obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and French Language in China, and then went on to obtain Masters degrees in both France and Canada. He gained experience teaching French, English and Mandarin, teaching students of all ages and levels.
Michael has been teaching at Key Language Training since 2015. He is a friendly and knowledgeable teacher, who makes learning easy and interesting.
Susan has been involved in mandarin and ESL education for almost 20 years. Before she immigrated to Canada, with a master degree in Applied Linguistics and a bachelor degree in English literature, she had been teaching at a university level, which allows her to truly understand the challenges and excitement the students feel. The last 2 years have been spent working at Langara First Mandarin School and Key Language Learning. Throughout this time she has worked in various positions that have allowed her to gain a true appreciation of the needs of varied students. As well, she is a dedicated professional who understands the importance of the students reaching their goals in the quickest possible time!
Linda Tian holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught Mandarin and Chinese Cultural Studies to university and college students in Portland, Oregon for six years while working on her degrees. After moving to Richmond B.C., she earned a TESOL certificate from VCC and is currently working on the Capstone course of the Provincial Instructor Program.
With more than thirty years of experience in teaching, educational research and school administration, she has devoted the past fifteen years to teaching both Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese to English speakers, including adults, college and grade school students in Canada and the United States. She focuses on creating an enjoyable learning experience for students by tailoring her teaching to meet their interests and needs. She also emphasizes the function of the languages and combines language learning with cultural understanding. Her goal is to build a supportive learning environment that engages students in meaningful learning to obtain excellent outcomes.