I have designed different courses based on different needs/requests from students. Normally, there are two written ways used in my classes. One is to use Latin alphabets to help with pronunciation for students who have very limited time to learn. The other way is to use Khmer alphabets in the class. In order to make this option possible, students are required to learn how to read and/or write Khmer alphabets before heading to basic conversational phrases and other more advanced stuff. This is for students who have more time and are more interested in linguistic parts of the language which, in return, will help them to be able to use Khmer in a more official way.
There are two types of languages used in my course. One is what I call 'standard' Khmer and the other is what I call 'slang/informal' Khmer. It is important to learn at least these two types of languages because spoken Khmer can be very different from written Khmer. By having the knowledge of both written and spoken Khmer, students will be able to communicate more fluently and easily with native Khmers.
I have been offering private Khmer sessions for individuals and groups for more than 3 years now. I have taught students from different nationalities including American, Australian, German and French. These students come from different work and life background. Some of them work in an office, which requires them to learn more official Khmer terms. Some of them work in a restaurant and bar which require them to learn more casual and playful language.
I have students who come and learn for a short term course and students who have been learning with me for a longer term.
The ones who have ended the course have left with positive attitude towards the language and also have given me very nice feedbacks in the past.
I am very grateful for my experience to teach all these people in the past and presence. I am excited and look forwards to meeting and teaching more people from different corners of the world.
Westminster College, Fulton, MO, USA Bachelor of Arts, December 2016
Self-Design Major: International Business and General French
Relevant Courses: Intro to Translation, Pre-Academic Writing, Academic Writing
United World College, Maastricht, NL International Baccalaureate, May 2012
Higher Levels (English, History, Physics), Standard Levels (Mathematics, Khmer, Environmental Systems and Societies),
Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service)
Preah Sisowath High School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia High School Diploma, May 2010
TEACHING AND TRANSLATING EXPERIENCE__________________________________________________________________________
Language Classes, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Kampot, Cambodia May 2017 – Present
Khmer and English Teacher
• Planning and designing lessons and classroom activities
• Motivating and encouraging students to speak the language taught in the class (English/Khmer)
• Designing handouts and homework for students
Circletime English Play Studio, Hanoi, Vietnam Oct 2017
• Planned and assigned creative activities for classrooms with the director of the studio
• Led and inspired students to speak English in the classroom
• Assisted students with IELTs speaking and listening exercises
Project Little Dream, Registered Charity, Takeo, Cambodia Nov 2017 – Present
• Translating children text books from Khmer to English and English to Khmer
• Proofreading document
Gateless, Documentary Film, Takeo and Phnom Penh, Cambodia April 2017 – June 2017
• Assisted the director, Lorraine Ma, and her assistant as a translator and interpreter for audio and live interviews
• Learned to operate a time code system
This film is to explore how a Buddhist temple intended for the pursuit of peace and tolerance can become a place where children are violated. ((concealed information)
Independent Research Project, Women’s Roles in Cambodian Markets, Phnom Penh, Cambodia June 2017
• Worked with a journalist and photographer, Mona Simon, as a translator and Interpreter to study about how Cambodian women play a role in the business field (focusing on Beung Keng Kong Market)
Kravanh Bright Future Center, Non-governmental Organization, Pursat, Cambodia July 2011, 2015
• Worked with foreign volunteers organizing events for high school students
• Helped foreign volunteers with improving their Khmer through daily practical conversations
Sustainable Cambodia, Non-governmental Organization, Pursat, Cambodia June 2012
• Assisted foreign staff and volunteer in classrooms and meetings
• Translated an interpreted for volunteers and students
• Taught Khmer to foreign volunteers
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE____________________________________________________________________________________________
United World College National Committee, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Nov 2017 - Present
• Helping facilitating annual selection process for the new batch of scholars; compiling tests and grading candidates
International Student Services, Westminster College, Fulton, MO, USA Mar 2013 – Dec 2013
Marketing and Office Assistant
• Designed and distributed flyers and posters
• Managed the office official emails and updated the International Students Facebook page
• Used social media to announce programs and events for international students
Computer: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook; Digital Signage, Mac/PC Proficient
Languages: English (Fluent), Khmer (Native), French (Conversational), Spanish (Conversational)
Communication: Professional Written and Oral Communication
Social and Interpersonal Skills: Effective Team Leadership, Effective Team Membership
Self-management: Self-starter, Independent Research
Lorraine Ma, Director and Producer of Gateless Documentary Film, Chicago, USA
Email: (concealed information) Phone: +1 (concealed information)
Prof. Daveiva Murillo, Former Professor (Spanish), Westminster College
Email: (concealed information) Phone: +1 (concealed information)
Linda is an excellent teacher!! We spoke a lot about my job, and the kind of everyday language that I would need to be using. Linda then tailored our classes around this. It’s extremely helpful to have a fluent English speaking teacher, it has made my understanding of the Khmer language a lot stronger. I can not recommend Linda highly enough for anyone wanting to learn Khmer at any level!
Linda's lessons helped me a lot to progress in my ability to understand, speak, write and read Khmer.
Her class is on one side straightforward and professional on the other hand she is adapting to personal needs and weaknesses of her students. Furthermore, her lessons are very interactive, so it is easy for her students to stay focused and concentrated.
From all the Khmer teachers I had, Linda showed the most expertise and is by far the most outstanding.
I would highly recommend taking lessons with her if you want to make fast progress in a professional way.
Linda is a very careful and patient teacher, open to questions and takes time to work on the right pronunciation.
She is also very flexible on the topics of the lessons.
I definitely recommend her if you want to learn Khmer/English in a friendly atmosphere.
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