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I have over two years of experience teaching Russian area studies and the Russian language at the postsecondary level: I was a Graduate Assistant Teacher when I was a Russian M.A. student at the University of Arizona. During the Spring 2012 semester I also worked as an adjunct instructor for a Russian-language course at the same institution. In this course I taught strategies for reading advanced Russian texts in a number of subject areas, including through decoding Russian word structure and learning the meanings of common word roots.
I would be more than happy to provide you with an entrée into the Russian language. I learned the standard Moscow-accent (literaturnyi iazyk) from native speakers of this dialect, so I can emphasize lots of conversational practice in the classroom. I will always emphasize and reinforce correct pronunciation and intonation.
I have just graduated with my M.A. in Russian from the University of Arizona. I have extensive experience acting as a translator for local businesses and individuals in the Tucson community. Most recently I translated business correspondence for a local horse ranch.
I also have two published translations, “Two Views on the Russian Idea” by Ianov and Prokhanov and “Letters from the Country” by Engel’gardt, forthcoming in _The Russia Reader: Culture, History, Politics_. Ed. Bruce Grant and Adele Barker (Duke University Press). This is an anthology of introductory readings about Russian history, literature and culture intended for undergraduate students.
I have two years of undergraduate teaching experience at the University of Arizona. I acted as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for three different general education classes offered by the Russian department. I led weekly discussion sections, graded papers and exams, and held regular office hours. I particularly enjoyed working with students on an individual basis during office hours. I also gave the main lectures for the class in the professor's absence.
I am most qualified to teach English-speaking students who are interested in learning elementary to intermediate level Russian. I am less qualified to teach heritage speakers whose native language is Russian but who need to be taught how to write and speak grammatically. However, I am familiar with the needs of these students since I met many of them in the Russian department.
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