Dan SongMandarin Teacher
Before moving to the U.S., Dan Song earned her B.A. in English and her first M.A. in teaching Mandarin as a foreign language from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. In 2011, she started teaching Mandarin in Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand. She also taught two Mandarin summer camps in South Korea from 2011 until 2012. In 2015, she received her second master’s degree (bilingual education) from Loyola Marymount University. Now she holds a California teaching credential with BCLAD (Bilingual Authorization) from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She has more than eight years of teaching experience in the U.S. and other countries and has participated in multiple StarTalk summer intensive programs all over the country. In 2018, she was selected into a language teacher leadership program organized by Stanford University. In 2019, she was selected into a Mandarin teacher summer program in Beijing, where she discussed multiple teaching pedagogical approaches with 102 Mandarin teachers from 29 countries. Besides, she also earned two Tai Chi certificate this summer, and she would love to share how to play Tai Chi with our Mirman community.
In addition, she is a curriculum developer and an online trainer for the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association. She has presented at conferences of the Chinese Language Teaching Association of Southern California(CLTA-SC), the National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC), the California Association for the Gifted (CAG), and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Since 2019, she is a certified ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) tester and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test) rater for Mandarin/Chinese. In addition, she is an active AP Chinese Language and Culture exam reader. In the past five summers, she organized Chinese language and culture camps in west Los Angeles for K-12 students.
Through her education and experience, Ms. Song has learned to have an open mind and to be interested in cross-cultural learning and is dedicated to passing this spirit to her students at Mirman. In her spare time, she likes to hike, cook, travel, and practice kung fu.