Yvonne Saalman

About Yvonne Saalman

I was born in Shanghai and have lived and studied in both northern and southern regions of China. My post-graduate education was completed in Wellington, New Zealand, where I earned a Masters Degree in Education. I am fluent in Mandarin, Shanghainese and English and presently reside in Los Angeles, California.

For many years I have taugnt Mandarin Chinese to students of all ages and levels of accomplishment, children and adults, from one-on-one tutoring to university classrooms and corporate and government Chinese language training programs.

Each student is important to me; I am sincerely enthusiastic and committed to helping all students who desire to learn the Chinese language, culture and customs, whether for doing business in China or for personal growth.

Education

  • Masters Degree in Education (MEd), 1992. Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
  • Certificate in Sociology, 1992. Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
  • B.A., Chinese Literature, 1987. Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China

Employment

Aug.2007-PRESENT
Chinese Mandarin Lecturer
College-level Mandarin
Oct. 2012 - PRESENT
Chinese Language Instructor
School term language programs for 6 to 12 year olds
Jul.2012-Sep.2012
Chinese Language Instructor
K - 8 Summer Session and After School Enrichment Programs
PRIVATE TUTORING, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Mar.2004-PRESENT
Tutor
Adult, beginner Mandarin through advanced levels, with customized business sector or personal goal targeting; translations and interpreting.
June - August, 2009
Chinese Mandarin Instructor, Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP)
Eight week, full-time, immersive, beginner-level course
Jan. 2004 - 2009
Lead Mandarin Instructor
Adult beginner; Adult intermediate; Adult advanced.
KEYSTONE LEADERSHIP MANAGEMENT INC., SHANGHAI, CHINA
OCT.2000-MAR.2002
Leadership Trainer
Taught Keystone-designed business courses to executives of foreign corporate entities in China on topics ranging from communication, self-motivation, empowerment and change management, to crisis and conflict management. Customers included Kodak, Johnson & Johnson, and Philips.
ANZ BANK, ASIAN BANKING and INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
MAR.1995-JUN.2000
Manager and Project Manager
Provided analysis and management reports covering personal banking trends in the Asian markets; provided special banking services for select Asian customers. Assistant to Chief Manager, International Services, supporting and coordinating China-related marketing activities of Trade Finance, including investment seminars and overseas visits.
CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
MAR.1994-MAR.1995
Trade Facilitator
Initiated the “Sister City” links between the cities of Wellington, New Zealand and the Beijing Municipality in the Peoples Republic of China; managed the business exchange programs between the cities of Beijing and Xiamen; as goodwill ambassador and translator for the Wellington City Council, participated in trade missions to China. Provided in-house training seminars for small business stakeholders with topics covering business protocols and government regulation of foreign trade and investment.
THE OPEN POLYTECHNIC OF WELLINGTON, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
OCT.1993-MAR.1994
Chinese Course Developer
Developed and taught a Chinese language curriculum and edited the corresponding textbook for the Chinese Language Department of the Open Polytechnic of Wellington, New Zealand, which was used nationwide. Introduced and launched a weekly community-based radio program in the study of Chinese language called “Wellington Chinese Corner”.
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