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I have a degree in foreign languages and I have been teaching English for 8 years both to individual students and groups of people (up to 20 students at a time); all levels from beginner to advanced; ages from 5 to 50.
I often use a communicative approach, but I also try to focus on fluency and accuracy, both oral and written. The most important thing is to address each student's specific needs.
I try to make my classes interesting and exciting and spend a lot of time on preparation for them. I believe that being creative while teaching increases students' learning abilities.
I obtained a TESOL certificate in 2008 and I have experience teaching English to students from different countries and cultural backgrounds.
I am a native Russian speaker with a degree in linguistics. I have taught Russian to a number of Peace Corps Volunteers in Ukraine over a 5 year period of time. I think that Peace Corps has a unique methodology that has been working successfully for many years. In the past I conducted individual and group Russian classes to people whose age ranged from 20 to 60. I am patient, creative and always try to address each student's specific needs.
I am adept at teaching not only vocabulary and conversation classes but can also explain difficult grammar points and improve students' written skills.
If students are also interested in Russian/Ukrainian history and culture I use a lot of authentic materials (such as literature works, music, movies)during the class. Since I've lived in Ukraine most of my life I am very well familiar with slang and idiomatic language as well.
Except Russian I have also taught English for 8 years and this is still my main occupation so I definitely have sufficient teaching experience.