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Maria O.

Pomona, CA

$50/hr

Professor of Russian, DLI, all ages, all levels

Background check passed as of 7/18/14
Usually responds in about 52 minutes

Professor of Russian, DLI, all ages, all levels

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I have my MA in teaching English and Spanish from the Hertzen Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. However, as my family immigrated from Russia in 1987 before the fall of the Soviet Union, I have been teaching Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey for more than 26 years.
I am a full professor, and I have an extensive teaching experience that ranges from teaching the DLI nine months long Russian basic course, to intermediate, advanced, and all the way to highly sophisticated translation / interpretation courses for the US military. I am a certified Oral Proficiency Tester, Diagnostic Assessment specialist, Teacher trainer, and on-line developer.
For the last nine years I have been working remotely from my home in Pomona as Academic Specialist for the online program GLOSS (Global Language Online Support System). I teach teachers how to develop on-line lessons, I review lessons created by others, and I develop my own lessons in Russian for all levels of proficiency.
I have a rather unique combination of skills that allows me to diagnose the student's skills, to do needs analysis, and to develop a teaching plan catering to the specific needs of every student.
I have always been able to keep up the students' interest by engaging them in a variety of activities based on real life situations and exploring authentic contemporary materials. As culture and language are inseparable, expect to learn a lot about Russia, its history, traditions and people.
If you are serious about learning Russian you are in for an exciting journey!





Testimonials

"Amazing"

- Dave, Glendora, CA on 8/28/14
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Russian
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Reading, Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Russian

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Russian

I am a professor at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey CA, currently working from home on GLOSS ( Global Language Online Support System ) as chief methodology specialist and Russian lessons developer. I have taught Russian for 27 years in the US, and before I taught English in Russia. I have an MA form the St. Petersburg Pedagogical University in teaching Foreign languages.

St. Petersburg Hertsen University, Russia
English, Spanish
St. Petersburg Hertsen University, Russia
Master's

Education

St. Petersburg Hertsen University, Russia (English, Spanish )

St. Petersburg Hertsen University, Russia (Master's)

Amazing — Maria is fantastic. She is understanding, helpful, and is very accessible. She speaks the language wonderfully and is a great teacher of the alphabet as well, the total package. The book that she recommends and uses to teach Russian is an amazing book: it comes with an easy to use website that has exercises and games/quizzes/flashcards to review and learn. This is not my first foreign language I h ...

— Dave, Glendora, CA on 8/28/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Maria will travel within 10 miles of Pomona, CA 91768.


About Maria

I have my MA in teaching English and Spanish from the Hertzen Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. However, as my family immigrated from Russia in 1987 before the fall of the Soviet Union, I have been teaching Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey for more than 26 years.
I am a full professor, and I have an extensive teaching experience that ranges from teaching the DLI nine months long Russian basic course, to intermediate, advanced, and all the way to highly sophisticated translation / interpretation courses for the US military. I am a certified Oral Proficiency Tester, Diagnostic Assessment specialist, Teacher trainer, and on-line developer.
For the last nine years I have been working remotely from my home in Pomona as Academic Specialist for the online program GLOSS (Global Language Online Support System). I teach teachers how to develop on-line lessons, I review lessons created by others, and I develop my own lessons in Russian for all levels of proficiency.
I have a rather unique combination of skills that allows me to diagnose the student's skills, to do needs analysis, and to develop a teaching plan catering to the specific needs of every student.
I have always been able to keep up the students' interest by engaging them in a variety of activities based on real life situations and exploring authentic contemporary materials. As culture and language are inseparable, expect to learn a lot about Russia, its history, traditions and people.
If you are serious about learning Russian you are in for an exciting journey!






Testimonials

"Amazing"

- Dave, Glendora, CA on 8/28/14
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Education

St. Petersburg Hertsen University, Russia
English, Spanish
St. Petersburg Hertsen University, Russia
Master's

Education

St. Petersburg Hertsen University, Russia (English, Spanish )

St. Petersburg Hertsen University, Russia (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Pomona, CA 91768

Maria’s Subjects

English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Russian
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Reading, Writing
Corporate Training:
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.


Background Check Status for Maria O.

Maria O. passed a background check on 7/18/14. The check was ordered by another user through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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