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Helen W.

Start speaking on Day 1! (Russian/English)

Start speaking on Day 1! (Russian/English)

$40/hour

  • 218 hours tutoring

About Helen


Bio

I have a Masters degree in Russian literature and have taught adults at the Defense Language Institute, as well as tutored employees of the State Department. In addition to having grown up in a Russian speaking family, I have also worked as a defense contractor in Russia and lived there for 15 years, so I am familiar with Russian culture, the way its changed through the ages and how it compares to our culture in the US.

I like to teach all aspects of the language at once, so that there is...

I have a Masters degree in Russian literature and have taught adults at the Defense Language Institute, as well as tutored employees of the State Department. In addition to having grown up in a Russian speaking family, I have also worked as a defense contractor in Russia and lived there for 15 years, so I am familiar with Russian culture, the way its changed through the ages and how it compares to our culture in the US.

I like to teach all aspects of the language at once, so that there is no time lost between learning grammar and using it to speak, read or listen. I love teaching because I like to help people make the most of themselves and learning a new language is one of the most important things a person who wants to travel or work with people from another country can do. Learning a language takes both time and effort, but once you've learned it, you never forget.

English is my native language and a subject I have always excelled in. I believe that knowing enough English to be able to understand and be understood by English speakers in the U.S. is extremely important to anyone who wants to live and work successfully in a country where people come from various backgrounds and need to be able to communicate with each other in a language that is common to all. I have tutored privately, personalizing the learning process to help individuals address their specific needs and desires. But I also believe that teaching small groups can make learning a language more fun and give people a chance to really utilize what they learn.

I have many years of experience teaching Russian, as well as living and working in Russia. Since I am bilingual, I can easily explain the function of Russian grammar to English speakers, so that they can learn to analyze text and understand the written word from newspapers to literature. I can also help students with listening comprehension and speaking by providing them with materials taken from a wide variety of sources to listen to and then discuss.

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Education

University of Maryland
Anthropology
University of Pittsburgh, Slavic Languages & Literature
Masters

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a Masters in literature, as well as a TESOL certificate for teaching English. English is my native language and I was born in the US. I teach classes for the Ana Brito Foundation and give private lessons as well.
Russian

Russian

I am a bilingual speaker of Russian and English having been born to a Russian speaking family in the U S and have a Masters degree in Russian literature. I taught Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey for 5 years and lived/worked in Moscow for 15 years managing a team of international human resources managers for a US defense company. Having returned to the States, I am now tutoring employees of the State Department and anyone who wants to learn Russian!

English

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have a Masters in literature, as well as a TESOL certificate for teaching English. English is my native language and I was born in the US. I teach classes for the Ana Brito Foundation and give private lessons as well.

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have a Masters in literature, as well as a TESOL certificate for teaching English. English is my native language and I was born in the US. I teach classes for the Ana Brito Foundation and give private lessons as well.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a Masters in literature, as well as a TESOL certificate for teaching English. English is my native language and I was born in the US. I teach classes for the Ana Brito Foundation and give private lessons as well.
Russian

Russian

I am a bilingual speaker of Russian and English having been born to a Russian speaking family in the U S and have a Masters degree in Russian literature. I taught Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey for 5 years and lived/worked in Moscow for 15 years managing a team of international human resources managers for a US defense company. Having returned to the States, I am now tutoring employees of the State Department and anyone who wants to learn Russian!

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have a Masters in literature, as well as a TESOL certificate for teaching English. English is my native language and I was born in the US. I teach classes for the Ana Brito Foundation and give private lessons as well.

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have a Masters in literature, as well as a TESOL certificate for teaching English. English is my native language and I was born in the US. I teach classes for the Ana Brito Foundation and give private lessons as well.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a Masters in literature, as well as a TESOL certificate for teaching English. English is my native language and I was born in the US. I teach classes for the Ana Brito Foundation and give private lessons as well.
Russian

Russian

I am a bilingual speaker of Russian and English having been born to a Russian speaking family in the U S and have a Masters degree in Russian literature. I taught Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey for 5 years and lived/worked in Moscow for 15 years managing a team of international human resources managers for a US defense company. Having returned to the States, I am now tutoring employees of the State Department and anyone who wants to learn Russian!

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Patient and focused

First lesson with the kids went really well. Started with the alphabet and moves into short sentences and some nouns and verbs. Reasonable amount of homework assigned.

Thomas, 12 lessons with Helen

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

We had a great first lesson. The lesson plan was very extensive and well planned out. We started with basic grammar and conjugations. She provided lots of materials to reference and work on during the lesson. Looking forward to our next lesson.

Rachel, 5 lessons with Helen

A Gifted Teacher

I highly recommend Helen W as a tutor. I chose her from the description of herself that she provided to Wyzant, and she was everything that we were seeking --and more. Helen is a gifted teacher. She used her varied educational background and extensive linguistic skills to tutor my daughter-in-law from Latin America, who has a medical degree and is working to strengthen her English skills so that she can practice in America. Helen is professional and giving. She provided this student with lessons in everything from grammar to vocabulary and reading comprehension and even medical terminology. The two read together scientific articles and longer works. Helen W deserves the highest rating, and my family is grateful to Wyzant for helping us to find her. Andrea C

Andrea, 22 lessons with Helen

Very nice and helpful

We practiced pronunciation, vocabulary, and pronouns. We also practiced reading an article. Helen was very patient and helpful. I will continue to study with Helen.

Andrea, 22 lessons with Helen
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