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Zoe Zhao

Teacher Of Chinese & China Client Relations Executive

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Zoe (Yunxian) holds a Master's Degree in Anthropology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature. She has three years' experience in teaching Chinese language and literature classes. Besides being a tutor, she also worked as a journalist and has had both prose and fiction published in China.

On becoming a teacher:

I never thought to become a teacher when I was in high school because I disliked the exam-oriented education system. I used to read novels secretly in class. At a boarding school where electronic devices were banned, books became my window to another world. After graduation from university, I got a teaching job in Hong Kong by chance. I found that courses such as IB Chinese A allowed students and teachers to explore literature more freely. As a result, I realized that I could change what I disliked about education (teaching to the test) as a teacher. By using a more flexible and interactive teaching method, lessons could be enjoyable for both students and teachers.

I enjoy seeing my students achieve their goals. Also, the discussions I have with my students is another highlight of teaching for me. It's rewarding when my students come to class with different and well-reasoned arguments than my own. However, perhaps what I enjoy most is when my students begin to see the reading materials not just as tasks to be completed, but as opportunities to start a dialogue with themselves, the real world, and people from different backgrounds. This moment of transformation is truly special, and it's an honour to be a part of it.

Other interests that reflect on my personality as a teacher:

I am a curious person and enjoy conducting research. It helps me to deepen my understanding of the subject I teach and get well-prepared for the classes. Additionally, I love indoor rock climbing. It inspires me to see the world from a fresh perspective.

People I find inspirational and why:

Though there are many notable figures I appreciate in the history of Chinese literature, Lu Xun is undoubtedly the one I admire the most. He is one of the most significant figures in modern Chinese literature and has become a cultural icon in China. His criticisms of Chinese culture and society remain relevant to Chinese people’s lives today. What I admire most about him is his self-reflection. Throughout his writing, he examined his beliefs and actions and admit his weakness in his writing, rather than portraying himself as a hero of the enlightenment.

Top tip to younger self:

Always being honest with yourself.

Dulwich College Singapore

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