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Apart from an extensive experience in interpreting and cross-cultural training, Jane is also a seasoned Chinese language and English language instructor.  She taught English in college in China for nearly four years.  After coming to the US, driven by the growing demand for the learning of Chinese language among Americans, she started to teach Chinese in corporations and community learning centers as well as to individuals who are interested in learning Chinese. Her students have included business people, educators, engineers, doctors, China-bound tourists, families of adopted Chinese children, language lovers and people from all walks of life.  Her engaging and interactive teaching style has turned around the thinking (or myth) by many Americans that “Chinese is too difficult to learn” and enabled many happy learners to develop basic to intermediate conversation skills in Chinese. She has taught at Chicago Confucius Institute, Discovery Center, Motorola, Bosch Company, MacLean Power Systems, Berlitz International, International Orientation Resources (IOR), just to name a few.

Chicago Days 32Jane Hu developed a beginning course for conversational Chinese and recorded a CD to go with the course both of which have been well received among her students.  She is able to adapt her teaching style to different needs of groups and individuals to help reach their language goals.

With the growing number of families who adopt Chinese kids in the US, there grows the need to help those kids who just arrived in the US with limited or hardly any English speaking ability to get oriented and able to communicate with their parents in simple English.  Over the years, Jane has helped many families to overcome the initial challenge to help their newly adopted kids be integrated in their new homes.  She coaches the adopted kids English language and US culture to help them cope with the cultural shock and communication barrier.   Once they are on their feet through total emersion with their English-speaking families in just months, Jane continues to work with them in Chinese (per their parents’ request) to keep up their Chinese language skills and remember their roots.

Here are some of the unsolicited feedbacks from some of her students:

  • Thank you so much for the excellent class. I enjoyed the content and your style of teaching. You have a talent for instructing. I learned so much from you in the 6 weeks class. I know I am not very good, but I think if I keep practicing I can master the information you gave us.   
    - John

  • Thank you for you teachings and dispelling the difficulty of learning Chinese.                        
    - Omar

  • I thought your teaching methods were excellent and I would love to learn from you. I plan to sign up for your more advanced class next time it is offered….I truly enjoy listening to the CD you made and can't wait to continue.                
    - Kobie

  • I would like to thank you for the Chinese classes.  They were fun and very helpful for my Chinese.             
    - Alex

  • Thank you very much for being patient and teaching us basic Mandarin. We both learned a lot and hope that we can pass on as much as we know to our soon to be adopted daughter from China.                            
    - Niki & Tom

  • Thanks for teaching a great Chinese course.  I enjoyed every minute of every class.  You are a wonderful teacher...I know your students remember you as a great inspiration too.              
    - Steve S.

  • Thank you again for being our teacher!! I really enjoy the classes.  I enjoy them so much that I want to maybe do a language study program in China…                                                    
    - Steve A.

  • I've enjoyed my experience with you immensely and possibly will resume my studies after the new year.         
    - Bonita

  • You are such a wonderful person and a wonderful teacher.  I enjoy learning Chinese from you a great deal.  I wish I were more talented.                                                         
    - Gail

  • The 1st level class that ended last week was great!  It was extremely well-organized and effective. The CD is invaluable.  I think I learned a lot, at least enough to know I really know nothing!  Thank you so much for a great introduction to a fascinating language!!  I'll be anxious to take the next level as soon as it's offered …                        
    - Karrie

  • You were an incredible teacher, and while I did not retain all of the vocabulary, I feel so proud of my ability to hold basic conversations in Mandarin now. I will continue to study over the summer with the CD and handouts, and I hope to see you in the late fall, as well!  
    - Amy

  •  Congratulations for helping to make Confucius Institute in Chicago the Confucius Center of the Year 2008!     
    - Donna

  • Jane is an amazing teacher who helped NaNa's transition immensely and continues to make sure that NaNa stays fluent in Chinese.                                                        
    - JoEllen

  • I'm sure you've heard this before, but you were such a great teacher. I went on to teach Italian during graduate school and I thought of you many times (and tried to use some techniques that you used as well).    
    - Elana