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Irina L.

Effective Russian Language Tutor (all ages, levels, and skills)

Oakland, CA (94605)

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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).

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Irina’s subjects

English, Grammar
Elementary Education:
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Russian


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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A great tutor! 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. ...

— Katherine from Oakland, CA on 8/11/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

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.

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Irina will travel within 30 miles of Oakland, CA 94605.

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