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Joseph S.

Scottsdale, AZ

$35/hour

PhD Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literatures

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Brigham Young University
Food Science ' Russian
University of Toronto
PhD
Harvard University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Brigham Young University (Food Science ' Russian)

University of Toronto (PhD)

Harvard University (Graduate Coursework)

About Joseph

I have a passion for teaching and a passion for Eastern European history, culture, and language. I have taught Russian to aspiring ballet students ages 9-15 at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive as well as beginning to advanced Russian to college students at The Ohio State University, Middlebury College, and the University of Toronto. What I love most about teaching is seeing students push themselves to achieve mastery of material that they initially thought was too difficult. With language study in particular, it is a real pleasure to notice the progress as students are able to express themselves in creative and individual ways.

As a lecturer at The Ohio State University (2016-2017), I taught three sections of beginning Russian and worked in the individualized instruction department where I assisted students of all levels with homework and testing in a one-on-one setting. As an instructor at Middlebury College (2016), I led the first-level Russian class during the intensive 8-week summer program and led the extracurricular workshops in chess and poetry [in Russian]. As senior staff at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive (2015), I taught 5 hours of basic Russian classes to ballet students ages 9-15. I was also available as a counselor for individual needs. As a graduate student at the University of Toronto (2008-2014) I taught beginning to advanced Russian courses and completed a pedagogical course for which I developed course materials for Russian study.

In addition to the writing I have completed through my many years as an undergraduate and graduate student, I am the current bibliography editor for the Tolstoy Studies Journal and have published articles and book reviews in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Dissertation Reviews, and the Slavic and East European Journal. A chapter I have written for the volume Critical Insights: Leo Tolstoy is forthcoming. As a lecturer at The Ohio State University (2016-2017), I taught Introduction to Slavic and East European Culture, which included extensive literary analysis of Czech, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian works in English translation. As a graduate student at the University of Toronto, I taught courses on Vladimir Nabokov's English and Russian novels, Russian short stories, and the Russian novel, all of which included midterm and final essay assignments that I created, managed, and assessed.

In my courses I include assignments to review important Slavic and East European films and I use film for extracurricular Russian language assignments. The rich traditions of Czech, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian film are often overlooked by students focused primarily on Hollywood classics and contemporary independent film movements. I would welcome the opportunity to provide tutoring on the importance of world cinema, its influence on notable American filmmakers, and the study of film as a product of regional culture.

Please contact me with any questions you may have. I look forward to providing my services and being of assistance to you.
I have a passion for teaching and a passion for Eastern European history, culture, and language. I have taught Russian to aspiring ballet students ages 9-15 at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive as well as beginning to advanced Russian to college students at The Ohio State University, Middlebury College, and the University of Toronto. Read more

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Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Background Check: Passed
Art:
Film
English:
Literature, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Russian,
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

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Film

As a lecturer at The Ohio State University, I taught a course entitled "Introduction to Slavic and East European Culture." As part of the course requirements, students were to watch a Czech, Polish, Russian, or Ukrainian film from a pre-approved list and submit a film review that provided a cultural connection to the course material. In my Russian courses, I use Russian cinema for extracurricular language assignments. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, I completed a course on Russian film.

Russian

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. I received my Master's degree in 2009 from the same department. In 2007 I received my Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University where I double majored in Food Science and Russian. I am currently a lecturer at The Ohio State University teaching (among other things) beginning Russian. I have taught Russian at Middlebury College (2016), the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive (2015) and the University of Toronto (2008-2014). I also lived in Ukraine from 2002-2004 and completed an internship there in 2006, using the Russian language in a professional setting.

Brigham Young University
Food Science ' Russian
University of Toronto
PhD
Harvard University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Brigham Young University (Food Science ' Russian)

University of Toronto (PhD)

Harvard University (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Joseph will travel within 30 miles of Scottsdale, AZ 85260.