Stephen has had a long standing interest in Chinese culture and Chinese language, and has lived in both the Chinese mainland and in Taiwan. In spite of this, it was only in recent years that he had time to devote himself to language study. This he did through a combination of self study and participation in Mandarin courses at the Australian National University. Having previously acquired a Ph.D in educational psychology, Stephen had a strong understanding of efficient learning principles which he then adapted to the study of Chinese. As a result, he made rapid progress in his studies and recently obtained a ‘high distinction’ in ANU’s ‘Chinese 8’ course, the university’s most demanding Mandarin course.
Given his own experiences, Stephen has an excellent understanding of those areas of language learning most likely to cause problems, and the most effective means of overcoming these issues.
While there is no doubt that Mandarin is a very difficult language for most English speakers to master, Stephen has demonstrated that the use of proper teaching techniques can greatly speed up the learning process, so that even busy people who can only allocate a short amount of time to study, can still make very significant gains.