University of Southern California (Music Composition)
University of Southern California (Other)
Portland State University (Master's)
I am a recent graduate of Portland State University in Portland, OR, where I received an M.A. in Music, a B.A. in Russian, and a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in Russian. I am certified with Russian language skills at Level 3, "Professional Working Proficiency", on the 0-5 ILR language proficiency scale. I am ready to tutor students in beginning and intermediate Russian in the Portland metro area. I have experience at one-on-one Russian tutoring from my time in the PSU Russian Flagship Program; when I reached the level of fourth-year Russian, I spent one academic year working with one student in intensive first-year Russian for one hour per week. When I reached the level of fifth-year Russian, I spent an additional academic year working with two students in intensive first-year Russian for one hour per week; the first student stayed with me for two academic quarters, then dropped Russian as a subject, so I was assigned a different student who was in need of a tutor. When I reached the level of sixth-year Russian, I hosted a Russian homework club at PSU for the spring term of 2014 where students from first-to-fourth-year Russian would come to me for help with their homework. I hosted this club one day a week for 2½ hours at a time for 8 full weeks in April and May of 2014. Starting in June of 2014, I started offering one-on-one Russian tutoring at PSU for pay, and I had an advanced fourth-year student of Russian take me up on the offer. I gave him two hours of instruction per week for the 8 weeks of the summer term of 2014, then one hour of instruction per week for 7 of the 10 weeks of the fall term of 2014. In all, the total amount of time I have spent tutoring students in Russian is approximately 2½ years.
I gained my Russian skills through classes at PSU and by participating in two study abroad programs in Russia. The first one was the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program in Vladimir, Russia during the summer of 2011, when I went from intermediate level Russian to advanced level Russian. The second program took place in Saint Petersburg over the course of the fall semester of 2013 at Saint Petersburg State University, from September to December of that year. I entered that program with Russian language skills at ILR Level 2+ and reached ILR Level 3 by the end of the semester and calendar year. I took certification tests in early 2014 that placed me at ILR Level 3 in speaking, listening and reading, and was subsequently awarded a B.A. degree in Russian and a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in Russian.
I have additional one-on-one instruction experience from giving music lessons to middle school and high school students off and on from 2001 until 2012 (I am also a trained musician). I really enjoy working with students one-on-one and hope to hear from you so we can set up some beginning or intermediate Russian tutoring sessions. I am a recent graduate of Portland State University in Portland, OR, where I received an M.A. in Music, a B.A. in Russian, and a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in Russian. I am certified with Russian language skills at Level 3, "Professional Working Proficiency", on the 0-5 ILR language proficiency scale. I am ready to tutor students in
Todd has been a great tutor for me. Because he himself has learned Russian as a second language, and reached the point of fluency in it, he can get right into the mind of the student whose Russian is not yet near that level. In method, he is both patient and flexible, he explains things very clearly and remains on point with the goal of the lesson. Todd helps you to understand Russian in a very intelligent way.
I recently graduated from Portland State University in Portland, OR with a B.A. in Russian and a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in Russian. I have tested at Level 3, "Professional Working Proficiency", on the 0-5 ILR language proficiency scale in reading, listening, and speaking. I studied Russian at PSU for 5½ years, during which time I tutored first-, second-, third-, and fourth-year students of Russian for a total of 2½ years. I feel that I can give an "insider's perspective" of learning Russian coming from an English base because that's how I've done all of my learning; native speakers of Russian teach the language differently than I do, so perhaps my approach would benefit someone coming from an English base.