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Miami University (Japanese, Music)
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Master's)
I am a 2012 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. My goals as a tutor are to ensure a better understanding of foreign language skills and future development in overall language proficiency.
I was only eight years old when I emigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Cleveland, Ohio. Immediately upon my arrival, I was put in school where I was forced to speak English not only in an academic setting but also for conversational purposes. As such a young child, English came a lot easier to me than it did to my parents, and within a few short months I found myself conversing in a language which was previously foreign. Using this newly acquired skill, I was able to assist my parents by translating and interpreting aspects of English that they did not understand. This was the beginning of a lifelong passion for learning both language and culture. I have tutored all levels of Russian that are offered at Miami University.
While still in high school I began my studies of the Japanese language and culture. It was here that my passion for the language deepened, and I eventually found myself pursuing an undergraduate degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures with an emphasis in Japanese. A year later, I found myself in Osaka, Japan, where I spent two semesters living with a host family where I had complete language immersion. Upon my return to the United States, I found myself able to freely converse with my Japanese professors in a way that felt natural. Having completed all of the upper-level Japanese courses at my home university, I was concerned with losing the language abilities that I had acquired overseas. To prevent this, I became an Undergraduate Assistant to the Japanese Department and tutored all levels of Japanese classes offered.
My second Bachelor's Degree from Miami University is in Music. I grew up in a musical family and started my musical training in St. Petersburg, Russia. I have been playing the piano for over 15 years and I have played the violin for over 9. I have extensive training and experience in sight singing, ear training, and music theory.
I received my Master's of Foreign Language Education at The Ohio State University in May of 2014 with a dual K-12 license to teach Japanese and Russian.
Licensed as a teacher in Japanese and Russian, with experience living and learning abroad, I am able to teach across age levels using a communicative approach. I have a strong aptitude for developing and implementing individualized lesson plans, which will prove essential in the successful establishment of a Japanese Language program in the Marysville Exempted Village School District. I am a 2012 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. My goals as a tutor are to ensure a better understanding of foreign language skills and future development in overall language proficiency.
Rather than just overseeing "busy, grunt work" or requiring the memorization of word tables, Iya is more interested in the actual APPLICATION of the language. She challenges your conversational and listening skills by directly engaging in discussions with you. She is quick to correct you as you speak, which allows you to clearly see where your mistakes are and how to fix them. In our meeting, she noticed some patterns of mistakes in my grammar as I spoke, and together we addressed them, allowing me to move forward. Also, as your discussion progressed into new topics, Iya really helps you expand your vocabulary. Overall, Iya is very smart and kind, she creates a safe, productive learning environment where mistakes aren't looked at as "mess ups", but rather opportunities to improve and learn. She has a genuine interest in the student she is tutoring, and actively pushes and challenges them while remaining patient and helpful. With me in the classroom, I could pass a grammar test, yet couldn't hold my own in an actual conversation without freezing up. I loved the language but couldn't practically use it. Iya really worked with me on this, not only sharpening my grammar and vocabulary while speaking, but also helping to provide me with a new-found confidence. I am grateful to Iya for all her effort and help in making me a more well-rounded student.
My daughter enjoyed her first lesson with Iya. Though it was only 45 minutes, my daughter picked it up quite easily and is ready for her next lesson. Thank you!
Iya does a very nice job of engaging with our daughter and helping her to speak conversational English. She does a good job.
Iya is very patient. She explains everything very well and identifies quickly where you may be struggling and helps you there. Excellent tutor.
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I have a Bachelor of Music from Miami University, and I can also tutor overall Ear Training. I tested out of all ear training requirements at Miami University, because of extensive learning experiences in Russia. I also have perfect pitch.
I was only eight years old when I emigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia to Cleveland, Ohio. Immediately upon my arrival, I was put in school where I was forced to speak English not only in an academic setting but also for conversational purposes. At such a young age, English came easier to me than it did to my parents, and within a few short months I found myself conversing in a language which was previously foreign to me. Using this newly acquired skill, I was able to assist my parents by translating and interpreting aspects of English that they did not understand. This was the beginning of a life long passion for learning multiple languages and cultures.
I have worked for various international corporations which had employees from all over the world. I have taught adults English and I have also taught younger children. I have specialized experience in teaching ESL to Japanese employees that are brought over to the United States.
I have a Bachelor of Music from Miami University where piano was my main instrument. During my undergraduate education I took voice lessons, harp lessons, as well as participated in choir and choral ensembles. I was responsible for accompanying various string and wind instruments on the piano for competitions and juries. I also tested out of all general music requirements such as sight-singing and music theory. Along with my college singing experience I participated in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus and performed on the stage of Severance Hall regularly. I also took piano, violin, and voice lessons for many years in Russia as well as continued them in the US at the Cleveland Music School Settlement. I currently teach piano and tutor music to various age groups, from age 5 to high school students.
I hold a Bachelors degree from Miami University in East Asian Cultures and Languages (Japanese). I spent a year studying abroad in Hirakata-shi Osaka, Japan during my junior year of college. I lived with a host family and developed advanced thinking and speaking skills. I hold a Master's of Foreign Language Education degree with Japanese K-12 licensure from The Ohio State University. I currently am the program curriculum developer as well as full time high school teacher of Japanese at Marysville High School. I have tutored all undergraduate levels of Japanese, as well as various private students of different ages ranging from 12-adult.
I hold a Bachelor's degree of Music in Piano from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I have been musically trained since age 4 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and continued my studies when I moved to the US over 13 years ago. I have taught piano lessons to various age groups, and am currently teaching a 5 year old and a 7 year old.
I moved from St. Petersburg, Russia to the US when I was 8 years old; therefore I speak, write, and read fluent Russian, and communicate in it daily to my friends and family.
I have also tutored all levels of Russian Language at Miami University Rinella Learning Center in Oxford, Ohio.
I hold a Master's of Foreign Language Education degree with a Russian K-12 licensure from The Ohio State University. During my education at OSU observed and student taught a Russian 1 and 2 course in the Columbus City School district.
I am currently working with a wide range of age groups including heritage speakers, as well as learners of Russian ranging age 2 to college students.
I have been studying music for over 17 years. I have a Bachelor of Music from Miami University, and can also tutor Sight Singing. I tested out of all ear training and Sight Singing requirements at Miami University, because of extensive learning experiences in Russia. I also have perfect pitch.