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Orel State University (Master's)
Orel State University (PhD)
I am a native Russian speaker with a PhD in Russian Language and Literature. I have over 20 years of in-depth teaching experience. I teach all ages and all levels students, individually and in groups.
During our lessons you will improve all major language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Your home assignments will include watching videos or listening to audio related to the story, doing written exercises, some supplementary reading. You will also be challenged to use everyday Russian to communicate in different circumstances (choice of situations is negotiable). I am a native Russian speaker with a PhD in Russian Language and Literature. I have over 20 years of in-depth teaching experience. I teach all ages and all levels… Read more
Group rates: $50 pp for 2-3 SS; $40 pp for 4-5 SS; $30 pp after 5 SS in the group. Multiple hour rates: $110 for 120 minutes individual class; multiple hour rate for groups are negotiable.
Irina is a great tutor. I worked with her on upper-level conversation in preparation for a trip to Russia, and I hope to work with her again upon my return. She provides excellent instruction of Russian grammar and colloquialisms, and she is always encouraging and patient. Her deep knowledge of Russian literature and culture sets her apart from other instructors I have worked with in the past. It was a real joy to discuss topics with such a knowledgeable teacher, from contemporary Russian culture to 19th and 20th-century literature. Our lessons were customized to the exact topics I wished to cover. I highly recommend her!
Irina was personable and a good listener in the first lesson. This is essential as she attempts to find the best fit between your language learning goals and the challenges of a new language.
She provides a variety of media - videos, audios, and print - to facilitate learning. I recommend her enthusiastically.
Not everyone learns language the same way, or for the same purpose. I remember trying to take Russian in college and sitting through classes and wading through assignments with great frustration, finally giving up thinking I just wasn't someone who could learn a difficult foreign language like Russian. I was wrong and Irina has not only made Russian accessible, but also very interesting as she includes a good amount of cultural material in her course of instruction. More importantly, she wants her students to succeed, which requires patience, persistence, and flexibility. I am the kind of student that requires discipline, structure, and a strong instructional hand. With Irina's support, I am amazed at how much Russian I have learned in less than five weeks and feel confident that I will be able to speak it at an acceptable level when I go to Ukraine in about three months. I would highly recommend her to all students.
Thank you, Darrell! The kind words you have written keep me stay in the profession and feel needed. I really appreciate it!
We moved to the U.S. several months ago and my wife, with a basic knowledge of the English, felt herself pretty uncomfortable and needed some guidance. Irina has been very helpful and understanding in helping my wife to overcome the language barrier. She is a very professional, experienced and patient tutor, we're glad we discovered her profile. I am pretty sure Irina delivers the best tutoring experience in every subject she teaches.
Irina had a variety of tools at her disposal which all helped tackle language learning from various angles. Great communication, always on time, solid grasp of linguistics. Highly recommend.
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Native Russian speaker with over 20 years of in-depth experience in teaching English to Russian students and Russian to native and non-native Russian speakers of all ages. PhD in Russian language and Literature (Russia, 2004); Fulbright 2009 – 2010 Faculty Development grantee at Berkeley Language Center, UC Berkeley. Member of CATESOL (Californian Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages), NATE (National Association of Teachers of English, Russia), NAAL (National Association of Applied Linguistics, Russia). More than 40 scientific and scientific-methodological articles on linguistics and education, 5 textbooks for students of Economics, 9 textbooks reviews, several articles on Linguistic Nature of Humor and more general burning issues on problems of philanthropy in Russian magazines and newspapers; more than 50 local and international conferences, seminars and webinars attended and organized, around 700 academic hours of refresher pedagogical training.
I mostly use module system for teaching Russian language and Literature, e.g. Short stories for children by Leo Tolstoy - 1 module consisting of 5 lessons (1 story per lesson, developing reading, wrriting, speaking and listening skills, watching videos, home assignments are a must). Number of lessons in a module is negotiable, as well as choice of authors. Skype sessions are possible.
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