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Ran Cheng

Job Title:

Mandarin Teacher


World Languages


Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:


B.A. in Education at Minzu University of China; M.S. in Education with a minor in Psychology at University of Rochester; M.A. in Education at Stanford University

Originally from:


Why I Teach:

I believe education is life changing. As a beneficiary of stellar public education, I teach to return the gift that was bestowed upon me.

Most powerful teaching technique:

Using games to make language learning fun

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

By learning another language, the students open themselves up to a whole new group of people that they can socialize with. If they decided to travel to China, they will be able to experience everything that the country has to offer because they speak the language.

Favorite quotes:

"The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life." Confucius

Favorite trivia:

China is considered to be the oldest civilization with some historians marking 6000 BC as the beginning of the Chinese civilization. Also, it has the world's longest used written language.

Recommended visual media:

A Bite of China - documentary series that highlight the geographical, historical and cultural dimensions of what Chinese eat and why.

Recommended reads:

????????? By ?? ?? and The Moon and Sixpence by William Somerset Maugham

Hobbies or outside interests:

Walking my dog, cooking, dancing

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