Ms Hillary Yan was born in Jiang Xi. She dreamed of becoming a professional teacher since she was young. Hillary loved the Chinese language and culture, and in 2007, she began her study in Jiang Xi University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in 2011. Hillary believed that to be a professional Mandarin teacher requires deep study, and she continued toward the Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in Guangzhou University where she received her degree in 2013.
Her major studies included: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, Cross-cultural Communication in Chinese teaching, the Essential Teaching Methodology of Chinese Language, Chinese Culture and Chinese Teaching, Contrast on Chinese and other Foreign Language and Error Analysis, Psychology in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.
During 2010, Hillary taught Mandarin to foreign teachers in her university.
During 2012, she taught a class with 13 international students the Intermediate-Oral-Chinese for one semester.
Her university teaching experience, seeing her students speaking Mandarin, has given her great satifaction and appreciation of the career she is undertaking.
She likes music, and enjoys playing guitar and singing with her friends.