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Univ. of Arizona (Russian, English)
Univ. of Arizona (Master's)
I have over two years of experience teaching Russian area studies and the Russian language at the postsecondary level: I was a Graduate Assistant Teacher when I was a Russian M.A. student at the University of Arizona. During the Spring 2012 semester I also worked as an adjunct instructor for a Russian-language course at the same institution. In this course I taught strategies for reading advanced Russian texts in a number of subject areas, including through decoding Russian word structure and learning the meanings of common word roots.
I would be more than happy to provide you with an entrée into the Russian language. I learned the standard Moscow-accent (literaturnyi iazyk) from native speakers of this dialect, so I can emphasize lots of conversational practice in the classroom. I will always emphasize and reinforce correct pronunciation and intonation. I have over two years of experience teaching Russian area studies and the Russian language at the postsecondary level: I was a Graduate Assistant Teacher when I was a Russian M.A. student at the University of Arizona. During the
Kenneth was fabulous in tailoring his lesson to my son's needs. He was kind and patient and most importantly he made the lesson interesting so that my son, upon leaving, immediately asked when he could have another lesson.
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I have just graduated with my M.A. in Russian from the University of Arizona. I have extensive experience acting as a translator for local businesses and individuals in the Tucson community. Most recently I translated business correspondence for a local horse ranch.
I also have two published translations, “Two Views on the Russian Idea” by Ianov and Prokhanov and “Letters from the Country” by Engel’gardt, forthcoming in _The Russia Reader: Culture, History, Politics_. Ed. Bruce Grant and Adele Barker (Duke University Press). This is an anthology of introductory readings about Russian history, literature and culture intended for undergraduate students.
I have two years of undergraduate teaching experience at the University of Arizona. I acted as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for three different general education classes offered by the Russian department. I led weekly discussion sections, graded papers and exams, and held regular office hours. I particularly enjoyed working with students on an individual basis during office hours. I also gave the main lectures for the class in the professor's absence.
I am most qualified to teach English-speaking students who are interested in learning elementary to intermediate level Russian. I am less qualified to teach heritage speakers whose native language is Russian but who need to be taught how to write and speak grammatically. However, I am familiar with the needs of these students since I met many of them in the Russian department.