I grew up in a host of countries and attended schools in Hong Kong, Switzerland, Nigeria, and America; ultimately getting my Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Juris Doctorate degree from my hometown university, the University of Oregon, U.S.A. I also obtained a Post-Graduate degree in International Education from Nottingham University, U.K. My life experiences and educational background had set me up for what I had envisioned my career path to be; a career in the legal field. However, plans often go awry as was the case with me.
Sometimes people stumble into a career path purely by accident. This was the case for me when it came to teaching. My original career path was in the legal field and I was well on my way on this path when I had an opportunity to come to China for a few months. I had an opportunity to be a teacher for six months but as it turns out, six months has now become six years. What changed for me was the joy and personal satisfaction I got when I saw the growth and improvement in my students. Oftentimes I am asked what my favorite thing about living in China is and my answer has always been my students. I have been lucky to have had amazing students over the years who have shown a dedication to learn and improve themselves. This has made my job so much easier with no regrets over this new career path.
In my spare time I enjoy playing football, writing, and traveling around China learning about its rich history and culture. Ningbo University, College of Science and Technology has been a truly wonderful place to work and to be a part of.
I grew up in the South of England, but have studied and worked in several countries, including the U.S.A., Australia and Nicaragua. I received my B.A. in English with First Class Honours from the University of Bristol, U.K., in 2018.
I first started teaching during my undergraduate studies, working as an online tutor for students aged 15-18 in English, History and Political Science for two years. After I finished my degree, I began to work towards gaining further professional English teaching qualifications. I was awarded my CELTA TEFL certificate by Language Studies International, a U.K-based language school, in March 2019.
During my supervised teaching, I designed lessons, tasks, exams and taught students from over 20 different countries. I specialise in speaking and pronunciation, and I am tremendously excited to teach at Ningbo University’s College of Science and Technology, and look forward to contributing my knowledge to a dynamic and motivated group of students – not to mention my own selfish motives to improve my own understanding of this fascinating country! I feel extremely fortunate to experience life in China on this next part of my teaching career, and I look forward to sharing as much of my love for the English language as possible during my time teaching here.
My name is Margalida. I am from Mallorca (Balearic Islands), Spain. I obtained my degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Balearic Islands (UIB) in 2018. I received an award on my final degree project from the School of Philosophy and Literature in 2017 - 2018. My paper examined the different forms of the verb "soy", "estoy", "voy" and "doy" in a Diachronic Study of Dialectal Geography. I hold a Master’s degree in Modern Languages and Literatures from the UIB in 2019. During my undergraduate studies as well as in my master’s program I was a collaborator of the IEHM (Institute of Hispanic Studies in Modernity), I also collaborated in the COSER (Oral and Sonorous Corpus of Rural Spanish) project, with the Medieval Bible Group of my university and with the Corpus Mallorca (corpus integrated of documents from Mallorca written by Catalan speakers between centuries XVIII and XIX).
In 2019 I did my first communication in the 2nd Seminar of Philology and Philosophy Doctoral Students in the UIB. In the same year I also completed another communication in 19th International Conference of the association of Young Resesrchers of Historiography and History of the Spanish Language in the University of Huelva (Spain).
In the winter of 2017 / 2018 I worked as a documentalist at Hora Nova S.A., a newspaper company in Mallorca. From 2017 to current, I am a board member of the NGO Campos Solidary (association of my town).
I arrived in Cixi in 2019 to teach Spanish as a second language to Tourism major students of the College of Science and Technology, Ningbo University. I love to teach Spanish, because I can see my students want to learn a lot. I am lucky to have this opportunity to come to China to work in my field of study. Being in China is also a wonderful opportunity for me to learn the Chinese culture, traditions, and its history.
Hello everyone, my name is Nadine. I'm originally from London, England, but I've been living in China for two years now.
The first year and a half I was located in Nanjing and I recently moved to Ningbo in the last 6 months. Before I moved to China I lived in Barcelona, Spain where I taught English to Children ages 3-14. Before this I got my bachelor’s degree from Southampton Solent University and did my TEFL certification with several companies, most notably the TEFL academy. I've also done Cambridge TKT training and have a certificate from Isabel I University (Spain) in Bilingual Education. I have worked with some renowned companies such as English First as well as Primary schools. I currently specialize in teaching spoken English and cross cultural education. Since I have been to over 13 countries I believe I have a wealth of experience to share with the students of Ningbo University in regards to culture as well as continuing to deepen my knowledge of the Chinese culture, history and language.
Hello, everyone, I’m Ayana Kato. I’m from Tokyo, Japan. I graduated from J.F. Oberlin university in Tokyo.
I studied Chinese in Beijing Minzu University of China for a year and I found that Chinese to be a very interesting subject. This period of study in China, deepened my understanding of Chinese culture and Chinese people. I also studied Japanese education in my university. J. F. Oberlin University’s creed is the ideal of “学而知人(Gakujijijin)”. That means learning in order to be able to help others. So I thought working as a Japanese teacher in China is the best job to make use of what I have learned. I’ve been working in the College of Science and Technology, Ningbo University since June 2019. This is a new experience for me, working as a Japanese teacher, it’s quite a challenging job but very rewarding. I really enjoy teaching here and have a good relationship with me students, some of whom will be exchange students in Japan. I also believe teaching Japanese is one of the ways to promote friendship between China and Japan. I am so grateful to be a part of this university and surrounded by amazing people.