EducationB.S. in Special Education.
Minor in Psychology.
NJ State Certified Teacher (General & Special Education)
ExperienceMandarin teacher at private schools 4+ years (elementary， middle school, & high school students).
HobbiesArts & crafts, music, ceramics.
Client Reviews (5)
This is one of the best teachers you will ever run into. Ms. Tsai taught my two daughters for 4 wonderful years. We are of Latin descend but we wanted our children to learn another language besides Spanish. My oldest daughter has been told that she seeks Mandarin fluently and like a native. This was all due to Ms. Tsai strong use proper tones in Mandarin. As well as reading and writing the language. My daughter is now entering high school with a college level understanding of Mandarin. My next daughter is dyslexic and Ms. Tsai seen that she was struggling and found new and fun ways to teacher her. I believe with Ms. Tsai Special Ed training and Psychology she is able to adapt her teaching to any child. She will and has been missed by both of my daughters.
Esther is the best Chinese teacher. My daughter who is 11 now loved her. Esther had tough her since 2nd grade in a small private school in Chicago. Esther knows how to interact with kids especially kids from kindergarten and up. She uses games and varies activities in class to make learning so much fun. Esther is very good in adjusting herself from a larger class room to a private tutoring setting. My daughter had the best years learning from her. Esther's teaching materials were appropriately selected for all different levels. I wish Esther stays in Chicago and never move out.
Ms. Tsai was my two sons' Mandarin teacher for 4+ years. They are American-born and thus, did not have prior language skills. Through her faithful tutelage, they have mastered the tones associated with Mandarin, can write and read a notable number of characters, and speak with a competent level of fluency. We appreciated the use of a systematic, disciplined approach to instruction. Ms. Tsai is a dedicated teacher, well-respected and loved by all her students. After her relocation, it remains a great loss to my sons' Mandarin language education. It has been difficult to find a comparable language teacher in our area. I highly recommend Ms.Tsai for any one who is committed to learning Mandarin.
Our child has taken Chinese lessons from Esther T. for 3 years (3rd-5th grade) and we are very pleased with how she provided instruction in the classroom (both in English and Mandarin, and to students of diverse ethnic backgrounds). She builds the student's ability to write (pinyin, simplified and traditional characters, stroke order, proportion), pronounce, learn vocabulary and grammar, comprehend, read aloud, and she collaborate with parents. The students in the class respect her and respond well to her teaching style. She uses art projects and motivate students' learning with games as well. Her written & aural homework assignments, along with providing helpful study guides, are useful and reasonably paced. I have also seen her older students (in junior high school) who speak quite fluently. As a parent and as a Chinese-American who speak both Cantonese and Mandarin, I highly recommend Esther T. as a Mandarin teacher!
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