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Yana D.

Encino, CA

$40/hr

Professional linguist with over 8 years of teaching experience

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Professional linguist with over 8 years of teaching experience

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Upon graduating from Saint-Petersburg State University in 2008 with a major in linguistics and simultaneous translation, I co-founded a private language school in Saint-Petersburg, Russia for students of all age groups and learning levels. The school also provided interpreting services.

While still in school I got a position as a teacher of English and Russian as a second language at the Institute of Foreign Languages in Saint-Petersburg where I had an opportunity to work with groups of students of various levels of English and Russian (beginner-advanced), develop intensive course of Business English for executives and business professionals, spearhead an international test preparation department (TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, GRE, GMAT) and co-write several Institute's textbooks and articles.
I'm also a licensed Russian State Exam Expert in English and have been working as a private tutor of English and Russian as a second language since 2004.

Before starting a class I always study my client's requirements (purpose, time criteria, level already achieved and level desired) and learning style (auditory, visual or kinesthetic learner) thoroughly and considering all those factors, I develop and present a detailed learning plan that fits each client individually. I'm a strong believer in communicative approach and always try to make the studying process fascinating by using audio and video materials, textbooks that touch upon the most interesting up-to-date subjects and innovative teaching techniques.

I am very result oriented, energetic and outgoing. I am passionate about what I do and I like to pass on this passion to my students.

Testimonials

"Patient, courteous, polite, made it a fun-experience"

- Bill, Los Angeles, CA on 6/13/12
Yana replied on 6/19/2012

Thank you, Bill, I enjoy our classes, you are a wonderful student.

"Very positive experience"

- Massimo, Los Angeles, CA on 8/6/12
Yana replied on 8/6/2012

Thank you, Massimo, you have a wonderful family and I will miss working with your kids a lot.

"Excellent and personable"

- Michael, Los Angeles, CA on 7/5/12
Yana replied on 8/6/2012

Thank you so much, Michael. I enjoyed working with you and hope our classes helped you during the trip.

"She's Great!"

- Patrick, Sherman Oaks, CA on 6/13/12
Yana replied on 6/13/2012

Oh, thank you so much, Patrick! Working in your family is a pleasure.

English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Russian,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Russian

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

I have been teaching English in Russia since 2003. I have a bachelor's degree in English Philology and 8 years of experience working as a teacher of English at the Institute of Foreign Languages, where I worked with groups of students with various levels (beginner-advanced), developed and taught special courses of Business English, spearheaded the Testing Department, organized and led training for TOEFL, IELTS and FCE, co-authored several ESL textbooks of the Institute. I also worked as a private tutor in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. In 2008 I co-founded a language school specializing in English. I am also a certified Russian State Exam Expert in ESL.

ESL/ESOL

I have been teaching English as a second language in Russia since 2003. I have a bachelor's degree in English Philology and more than 8 years of experience working as a teacher of English at the Institute of Foreign Languages, where I worked with groups of students with various levels (beginner-advanced), developed and taught special courses of Business English, spearheaded the Testing Department, organized and led training for TOEFL, IELTS and FCE, co-authored several ESL textbooks of the Institute. I also worked as a private tutor in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. In 2008 I co-founded a language school specializing in English. I am also a certified Russian State Exam Expert in ESL.

Russian

I am native Russian, with over 8 years of experience in teaching Russian as a second language. I graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) with a major in linguistics. I have been teaching Russian as a second language since 2004 and I have experience working with all levels of students (beginner-advanced). I am also a certified State Exam Expert in Russian and all of my students have successfully passed it with scores not lower than 80 (out of 100). In 2007 I began working as a teacher of Russian as a second language at the Institute of Foreign Languages (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) where I had both group and individual classes. In 2008 I co-founded a language school in Saint-Petersburg specializing in teaching Russian as a second language.

Yana’s Resources

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Hello everyone, and especially those not so adventurous who have always dreamed of taking up Russian but been scared off by such popular opinion as: «Russian is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn». Today I've prepared for you a set of general facts about Russian language, which will show you that it is not at all as complicated as it seems and there is absolutely no reason... read more

Hello everyone, Today is officially my first time blogging, and is there really a better subject to write about than something you love the most? Learning languages is one of my biggest passions and pleasures in life. But the start was quite rough. My first English teacher at school used to call me a “slabenkaya” which means ‘weak, not bright’. The grades I would get were not so bright... read more

Saint-Petersburg State Universiry
Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Postgraduate Education
Graduate Coursework

Education

Saint-Petersburg State Universiry

Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Postgraduate Education (Graduate Coursework)

Patient, courteous, polite, made it a fun-experience — Wow! Exactly what I wanted and hoped for, made each letter of the different Russian Alphabet alive and relevant, but mostly "patient with a friendly smile". She definitely has an aptitude for language. My brain was getting "numb", but she just smiled and politely corrected me. Made it a "fun" experience. Now, Please excuse me, must go study. Thx. ...

— Bill, Los Angeles, CA on 6/13/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Travel policy

Yana will travel within 15 miles of Encino, CA 91316.


About Yana

Upon graduating from Saint-Petersburg State University in 2008 with a major in linguistics and simultaneous translation, I co-founded a private language school in Saint-Petersburg, Russia for students of all age groups and learning levels. The school also provided interpreting services.

While still in school I got a position as a teacher of English and Russian as a second language at the Institute of Foreign Languages in Saint-Petersburg where I had an opportunity to work with groups of students of various levels of English and Russian (beginner-advanced), develop intensive course of Business English for executives and business professionals, spearhead an international test preparation department (TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, GRE, GMAT) and co-write several Institute's textbooks and articles.
I'm also a licensed Russian State Exam Expert in English and have been working as a private tutor of English and Russian as a second language since 2004.

Before starting a class I always study my client's requirements (purpose, time criteria, level already achieved and level desired) and learning style (auditory, visual or kinesthetic learner) thoroughly and considering all those factors, I develop and present a detailed learning plan that fits each client individually. I'm a strong believer in communicative approach and always try to make the studying process fascinating by using audio and video materials, textbooks that touch upon the most interesting up-to-date subjects and innovative teaching techniques.

I am very result oriented, energetic and outgoing. I am passionate about what I do and I like to pass on this passion to my students.

Testimonials

"Patient, courteous, polite, made it a fun-experience"

- Bill, Los Angeles, CA on 6/13/12
Yana replied on 6/19/2012

Thank you, Bill, I enjoy our classes, you are a wonderful student.

"Very positive experience"

- Massimo, Los Angeles, CA on 8/6/12
Yana replied on 8/6/2012

Thank you, Massimo, you have a wonderful family and I will miss working with your kids a lot.

"Excellent and personable"

- Michael, Los Angeles, CA on 7/5/12
Yana replied on 8/6/2012

Thank you so much, Michael. I enjoyed working with you and hope our classes helped you during the trip.

"She's Great!"

- Patrick, Sherman Oaks, CA on 6/13/12
Yana replied on 6/13/2012

Oh, thank you so much, Patrick! Working in your family is a pleasure.

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Education

Saint-Petersburg State Universiry
Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Postgraduate Education
Graduate Coursework

Education

Saint-Petersburg State Universiry

Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Postgraduate Education (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Encino, CA 91316

Yana’s Subjects

English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Russian,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Russian

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Yana’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Yana. View all of Yana’s resources

Hello everyone, and especially those not so adventurous who have always dreamed of taking up Russian but been scared off by such popular opinion as: «Russian is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn». Today I've prepared for you a set of general facts about Russian language, which will show you that it is not at all as complicated as it seems and there is absolutely no reason... read more

Hello everyone, Today is officially my first time blogging, and is there really a better subject to write about than something you love the most? Learning languages is one of my biggest passions and pleasures in life. But the start was quite rough. My first English teacher at school used to call me a “slabenkaya” which means ‘weak, not bright’. The grades I would get were not so bright... read more


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