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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.

Suzanne Zhu

Founder

Founder of Key Language Training, Suzanne Zhu has over 10 years’ experience teaching languages to adults and children.  Suzanne was born in China and Mandarin is her native tongue. She is fluent in French, English and Cantonese. Before immigrating to Canada in 2004, she was hired to provide Mandarin training at the American, British and French Consulates in Guangzhou, China. Suzanne also taught Mandarin and French to 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 Teacher Education at the University of British Columbia.

Suzanne is a certified member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia. She had been a professional interpreter/translator for many years, translating between Chinese-French and Chinese – English.

Angel Yu

Communication & Business Development

Angel earned a Bachelor Degree in Commerce at the Sauder School of Business from the University of British Columbia. Since 2011 Angel has been with Key Language Training both as a teacher and as an executive support for marketing and communications.   Having had years of experience teaching adults and children Mandarin, Angel played a key role in adapting and improving the school’s curriculum for the adult Mandarin program. Angel has a natural ability to engage students and foster an interactive and dynamic learning environment for students of all ages. Her students love her ability to make the classroom fun.  Angel’s teaching methods were inspired by her years of classroom experience as a French student, as well as her interactions with her past students and learning from their feedback. She focuses on making the classroom dynamically structured, layered with different games and activities, allowing students to visualize, listen, teach and apply their new Mandarin knowledge in practical situations.   Being a native Mandarin speaker, Angel is fully tri-lingual in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Outgoing, sincere, and always searching out new opportunities to grow and improve, Angel is now in charge of school communication and business development.

Juan Du

Mandarin Teacher

Juan Du is a senior instructor at Key Language Training with over 10 years of Mandarin teaching experience. She has a Masters in Art in Teaching Chinese As a Second/Foreign Language at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. In 2010, Juan received the “Outstanding Graduate of International College of Chinese Studies” award at East China Normal University, a regional-wide prestige given only to the top ten graduates. She assisted overseas companies in integrating into the Chinese culture, and taught business-centric Mandarin Chinese to western CEOs and employees alike.. Juan Du’s wealth of relevant experience as well as her upbeat, energetic demeanor will ensure an productive and rewarding learning experience for her students..

 

Jennifer Zhou

Mandarin Teacher

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.

 

Linda Tian

Mandarin Teacher

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.

Susan Zhao

Mandarin Teacher

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!

Sarah Huang

Mandarin Teacher

Sarah Huang obtained a bachelor degree in business management, marketing and the post-undergraduate diploma in Translation and Interpretation in English and Mandarin from Simon Fraser University. She also has the certificate of Teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from the international association and Teaching English as a Second Language certificate in Canada.  

She gained experience teaching English and Mandarin, teaching students of all ages and levels, online, classroom setting and private session. Sarah has been teaching language since 2015. She is a passionate and dedicated teacher who focuses on the communicative approach to language learning. 

 

Sophie Li

Mandarin Teacher

Sophie Li holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from the Capital Normal University of Beijing. Sophie has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has taught high school students  and was awarded the Best Teacher of high school. She taught international students Mandarin in the Capital Normal University of Beijing . Her  students were from various countries, such as UK, USA, Japan and Korea etc. Sophie has been with Key Language Training since 2016.