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Christina M.

Study German, Russian, Polish or Czech with an experienced PhD

Study German, Russian, Polish or Czech with an experienced PhD

$40/hour

  • 88 hours tutoring

  • Lakewood, WA 98499

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About Christina


Bio

I have extensive experience teaching foreign languages, writing and history.

My specializations are Eastern European languages and history, and I also work with foreign languages every day as a translator.

The nineteen years I spent living in Poland and Slovakia have allowed me to perfect my Polish and Slovak (both at C2 level). I have taught Polish at the University of Washington and the Polish Cultural Center in Seattle, as well as Polish to English translation at the University of...

I have extensive experience teaching foreign languages, writing and history.

My specializations are Eastern European languages and history, and I also work with foreign languages every day as a translator.

The nineteen years I spent living in Poland and Slovakia have allowed me to perfect my Polish and Slovak (both at C2 level). I have taught Polish at the University of Washington and the Polish Cultural Center in Seattle, as well as Polish to English translation at the University of Warsaw.

I am also able to tutor German and Russian -- I passed the Mittelstufenprüfung (corresponding to C1 in today's CEFL scheme) after study in West Berlin and Austria, and have taught an adult class at the Tacoma German Language School. I know Russian very well from years of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a long-time resident of the Russian House at the University of Washington, I had the opportunity to mentor and tutor undergraduates in Russian.

As an historian, I have had a great deal of experience teaching students how to research, write and revise essays. I have been engaged in these kinds of activities for almost thirty years, ever since receiving specialized training in the teaching of writing at Brown University.

Although I believe humor and encouragement are key to motivating and putting students at ease, this does not mean my standards are not the highest possible -- as my students' success demonstrates.


Education

Brown University
History and Russian Studies
University of Washington
Masters
University of Washington
PhD

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  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Lakewood, WA 98499
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Subjects

Corporate Training

Czech,

Czech

I studied Czech as a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle for three years at the intermediate and advanced level, focusing on translation, for which I received a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (full ride scholarship and stipend for graduate studies). I also lived in Bratislava, Slovakia, for ten years and am fully fluent (at the C2 level) in Slovak, which is linguistically very close to Czech. In addition, as a professional translator, I have translated texts from Czech.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored non-native speakers in English since 1984, when I began as a Centro Latino tutor in Tacoma. Since then, I have taught English in classrooms and one-on-one in Poland, Slovakia and in the United States, where my students have included native speakers of Russian, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Korean. I have a special interest in accent reduction and emphasize proper pronunciation from the start. My own specialization is in teaching foreign languages (Polish, Russian and German, among others), so I have a wealth of experience in how to effectively teach (and learn) foreign languages -- all of which is of course applicable to students who are learning English as a foreign language. I teach English as a second language with the perspective of someone who knows both how other languages work, and what it is like to be learning (and "living in") a foreign language -- both of which are critical to teaching English as a foreign language successfully.
German,

German

In 1990, I passed the Mittelstufenprüfung, the equivalent of today's C1 exam, after having completed two courses at Goethe Institute in Berlin. In addition, I also took courses at the University of Washington, in high school, and as a child. Most recently, I taught an adult German class at the Tacoma German Language School, and continue to tutor the language on a weekly basis.
Polish,

Polish

My students find that as a non-native Polish teacher, I am better able to explain Polish grammar than many native speakers, who know how to say something, but not why. For almost thirty years, learning Polish, and then translating from Polish and teaching it, has been a main focus of my life. I simply love Polish, and like to share with anyone who is interested the many things I find so interesting about it -- from its cute little "tails", to its grammar, to its many interesting sayings and great slang. For those who might know another Slavic language, I like to compare and contrast with Russian, Czech, Slovak and Slovenian. In 1992, I passed the Polish state exam in the Polish language while studying in Warsaw, Poland, and then took the State Department exam in 1994. I taught Polish to English translation at the University of Warsaw in Poland for 3.5 years, and have also taught Polish at the University of Washington in Seattle. I am currently teaching the adult beginning Polish class at the Polish Home cultural center in Seattle. During the years 1989-2003, I lived a total of nine years in Poland, during which time I also worked as a freelance translator and interpreter. Among other things, I interpreted during interviews with former Polish president, Solidarity leader and Nobel Prize laureate Lech Walesa, and also with General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the head of Poland's communist government during the period of martial law.
Russian,

Russian

I have a degree in Russian Studies from Brown University, where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a 4.0 GPA in Russian (four years of intensive study, plus one year of Russian literature in Russian). As a graduate student at the University of Washington, I also had three and a half years of specialized courses in Russian to English translation. Since 1990, I have tutored Russian privately and as a senior member of the Russian language house at the University of Washington, where I lived for six years. I have taught other Slavic languages and translation at universities in Seattle and Warsaw.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Handwriting,

Handwriting

I have tutored elementary school pupils in handwriting for the past three years. I use traditional methods, learned in Europe, which include preparatory exercises that first develop fine motor-skills. I rely on a series of handwriting workbooks, and have the pupils use student fountain pens early on, which encourages correct strokes and an appreciation of handwriting's aesthetic aspects. My teaching style is rooted in a firm belief that handwriting is not only a form of communication, but of self-expression, which should be developed and nutured.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been coaching students in study skills since the 1980's, when I was a peer tutor in high school, helping my classmates write notes, study before exams and write essays. I continued this as an undergraduate, when I was a specially trained peer writing tutor at an Ivy League college. As an lecturer in a liberal arts college and teaching assistant in graduate school, I was also responsible for making sure that students knew how to study the material, which I did through leading discussions on readings and helping students take notes, study for exams and write papers.
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

While at Brown University, I received special training in the teaching of writing, and served as a peer writing tutor for courses there. Later, as a teaching assistant at the University of Washington, I also devoted a great deal of time helping students improve their writing style and essays. I have also worked as an editor and proofreader for manuscripts of academic books and articles.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored non-native speakers in English since 1984, when I began as a Centro Latino tutor in Tacoma. Since then, I have taught English in classrooms and one-on-one in Poland, Slovakia and in the United States, where my students have included native speakers of Russian, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Korean. I have a special interest in accent reduction and emphasize proper pronunciation from the start. My own specialization is in teaching foreign languages (Polish, Russian and German, among others), so I have a wealth of experience in how to effectively teach (and learn) foreign languages -- all of which is of course applicable to students who are learning English as a foreign language. I teach English as a second language with the perspective of someone who knows both how other languages work, and what it is like to be learning (and "living in") a foreign language -- both of which are critical to teaching English as a foreign language successfully.
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

History

American History, European History, Geography, World History

Homeschool

English,

English

While at Brown University, I received special training in the teaching of writing, and served as a peer writing tutor for courses there. Later, as a teaching assistant at the University of Washington, I also devoted a great deal of time helping students improve their writing style and essays. I have also worked as an editor and proofreader for manuscripts of academic books and articles.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored non-native speakers in English since 1984, when I began as a Centro Latino tutor in Tacoma. Since then, I have taught English in classrooms and one-on-one in Poland, Slovakia and in the United States, where my students have included native speakers of Russian, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Korean. I have a special interest in accent reduction and emphasize proper pronunciation from the start. My own specialization is in teaching foreign languages (Polish, Russian and German, among others), so I have a wealth of experience in how to effectively teach (and learn) foreign languages -- all of which is of course applicable to students who are learning English as a foreign language. I teach English as a second language with the perspective of someone who knows both how other languages work, and what it is like to be learning (and "living in") a foreign language -- both of which are critical to teaching English as a foreign language successfully.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

I have tutored elementary school pupils in handwriting for the past three years. I use traditional methods, learned in Europe, which include preparatory exercises that first develop fine motor-skills. I rely on a series of handwriting workbooks, and have the pupils use student fountain pens early on, which encourages correct strokes and an appreciation of handwriting's aesthetic aspects. My teaching style is rooted in a firm belief that handwriting is not only a form of communication, but of self-expression, which should be developed and nutured.
Piano,

Piano

I studied piano for thirteen years, then studied music theory and music history at Brown University. I have taught children music for six years. I also have experience in the European approach to music education from my nineteen years living in Europe and participation in the state-run music schools there.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been coaching students in study skills since the 1980's, when I was a peer tutor in high school, helping my classmates write notes, study before exams and write essays. I continued this as an undergraduate, when I was a specially trained peer writing tutor at an Ivy League college. As an lecturer in a liberal arts college and teaching assistant in graduate school, I was also responsible for making sure that students knew how to study the material, which I did through leading discussions on readings and helping students take notes, study for exams and write papers.
Reading, Writing

Language

Czech,

Czech

I studied Czech as a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle for three years at the intermediate and advanced level, focusing on translation, for which I received a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (full ride scholarship and stipend for graduate studies). I also lived in Bratislava, Slovakia, for ten years and am fully fluent (at the C2 level) in Slovak, which is linguistically very close to Czech. In addition, as a professional translator, I have translated texts from Czech.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored non-native speakers in English since 1984, when I began as a Centro Latino tutor in Tacoma. Since then, I have taught English in classrooms and one-on-one in Poland, Slovakia and in the United States, where my students have included native speakers of Russian, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Korean. I have a special interest in accent reduction and emphasize proper pronunciation from the start. My own specialization is in teaching foreign languages (Polish, Russian and German, among others), so I have a wealth of experience in how to effectively teach (and learn) foreign languages -- all of which is of course applicable to students who are learning English as a foreign language. I teach English as a second language with the perspective of someone who knows both how other languages work, and what it is like to be learning (and "living in") a foreign language -- both of which are critical to teaching English as a foreign language successfully.
German,

German

In 1990, I passed the Mittelstufenprüfung, the equivalent of today's C1 exam, after having completed two courses at Goethe Institute in Berlin. In addition, I also took courses at the University of Washington, in high school, and as a child. Most recently, I taught an adult German class at the Tacoma German Language School, and continue to tutor the language on a weekly basis.
Polish,

Polish

My students find that as a non-native Polish teacher, I am better able to explain Polish grammar than many native speakers, who know how to say something, but not why. For almost thirty years, learning Polish, and then translating from Polish and teaching it, has been a main focus of my life. I simply love Polish, and like to share with anyone who is interested the many things I find so interesting about it -- from its cute little "tails", to its grammar, to its many interesting sayings and great slang. For those who might know another Slavic language, I like to compare and contrast with Russian, Czech, Slovak and Slovenian. In 1992, I passed the Polish state exam in the Polish language while studying in Warsaw, Poland, and then took the State Department exam in 1994. I taught Polish to English translation at the University of Warsaw in Poland for 3.5 years, and have also taught Polish at the University of Washington in Seattle. I am currently teaching the adult beginning Polish class at the Polish Home cultural center in Seattle. During the years 1989-2003, I lived a total of nine years in Poland, during which time I also worked as a freelance translator and interpreter. Among other things, I interpreted during interviews with former Polish president, Solidarity leader and Nobel Prize laureate Lech Walesa, and also with General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the head of Poland's communist government during the period of martial law.
Russian

Russian

I have a degree in Russian Studies from Brown University, where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a 4.0 GPA in Russian (four years of intensive study, plus one year of Russian literature in Russian). As a graduate student at the University of Washington, I also had three and a half years of specialized courses in Russian to English translation. Since 1990, I have tutored Russian privately and as a senior member of the Russian language house at the University of Washington, where I lived for six years. I have taught other Slavic languages and translation at universities in Seattle and Warsaw.

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English,

English

While at Brown University, I received special training in the teaching of writing, and served as a peer writing tutor for courses there. Later, as a teaching assistant at the University of Washington, I also devoted a great deal of time helping students improve their writing style and essays. I have also worked as an editor and proofreader for manuscripts of academic books and articles.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored non-native speakers in English since 1984, when I began as a Centro Latino tutor in Tacoma. Since then, I have taught English in classrooms and one-on-one in Poland, Slovakia and in the United States, where my students have included native speakers of Russian, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Korean. I have a special interest in accent reduction and emphasize proper pronunciation from the start. My own specialization is in teaching foreign languages (Polish, Russian and German, among others), so I have a wealth of experience in how to effectively teach (and learn) foreign languages -- all of which is of course applicable to students who are learning English as a foreign language. I teach English as a second language with the perspective of someone who knows both how other languages work, and what it is like to be learning (and "living in") a foreign language -- both of which are critical to teaching English as a foreign language successfully.
Piano,

Piano

I studied piano for thirteen years, then studied music theory and music history at Brown University. I have taught children music for six years. I also have experience in the European approach to music education from my nineteen years living in Europe and participation in the state-run music schools there.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been coaching students in study skills since the 1980's, when I was a peer tutor in high school, helping my classmates write notes, study before exams and write essays. I continued this as an undergraduate, when I was a specially trained peer writing tutor at an Ivy League college. As an lecturer in a liberal arts college and teaching assistant in graduate school, I was also responsible for making sure that students knew how to study the material, which I did through leading discussions on readings and helping students take notes, study for exams and write papers.
Reading, Writing

Music

Piano

Piano

I studied piano for thirteen years, then studied music theory and music history at Brown University. I have taught children music for six years. I also have experience in the European approach to music education from my nineteen years living in Europe and participation in the state-run music schools there.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored non-native speakers in English since 1984, when I began as a Centro Latino tutor in Tacoma. Since then, I have taught English in classrooms and one-on-one in Poland, Slovakia and in the United States, where my students have included native speakers of Russian, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Korean. I have a special interest in accent reduction and emphasize proper pronunciation from the start. My own specialization is in teaching foreign languages (Polish, Russian and German, among others), so I have a wealth of experience in how to effectively teach (and learn) foreign languages -- all of which is of course applicable to students who are learning English as a foreign language. I teach English as a second language with the perspective of someone who knows both how other languages work, and what it is like to be learning (and "living in") a foreign language -- both of which are critical to teaching English as a foreign language successfully.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been coaching students in study skills since the 1980's, when I was a peer tutor in high school, helping my classmates write notes, study before exams and write essays. I continued this as an undergraduate, when I was a specially trained peer writing tutor at an Ivy League college. As an lecturer in a liberal arts college and teaching assistant in graduate school, I was also responsible for making sure that students knew how to study the material, which I did through leading discussions on readings and helping students take notes, study for exams and write papers.
Geography

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been coaching students in study skills since the 1980's, when I was a peer tutor in high school, helping my classmates write notes, study before exams and write essays. I continued this as an undergraduate, when I was a specially trained peer writing tutor at an Ivy League college. As an lecturer in a liberal arts college and teaching assistant in graduate school, I was also responsible for making sure that students knew how to study the material, which I did through leading discussions on readings and helping students take notes, study for exams and write papers.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored non-native speakers in English since 1984, when I began as a Centro Latino tutor in Tacoma. Since then, I have taught English in classrooms and one-on-one in Poland, Slovakia and in the United States, where my students have included native speakers of Russian, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Korean. I have a special interest in accent reduction and emphasize proper pronunciation from the start. My own specialization is in teaching foreign languages (Polish, Russian and German, among others), so I have a wealth of experience in how to effectively teach (and learn) foreign languages -- all of which is of course applicable to students who are learning English as a foreign language. I teach English as a second language with the perspective of someone who knows both how other languages work, and what it is like to be learning (and "living in") a foreign language -- both of which are critical to teaching English as a foreign language successfully.
German,

German

In 1990, I passed the Mittelstufenprüfung, the equivalent of today's C1 exam, after having completed two courses at Goethe Institute in Berlin. In addition, I also took courses at the University of Washington, in high school, and as a child. Most recently, I taught an adult German class at the Tacoma German Language School, and continue to tutor the language on a weekly basis.
Piano,

Piano

I studied piano for thirteen years, then studied music theory and music history at Brown University. I have taught children music for six years. I also have experience in the European approach to music education from my nineteen years living in Europe and participation in the state-run music schools there.
Russian,

Russian

I have a degree in Russian Studies from Brown University, where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a 4.0 GPA in Russian (four years of intensive study, plus one year of Russian literature in Russian). As a graduate student at the University of Washington, I also had three and a half years of specialized courses in Russian to English translation. Since 1990, I have tutored Russian privately and as a senior member of the Russian language house at the University of Washington, where I lived for six years. I have taught other Slavic languages and translation at universities in Seattle and Warsaw.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been coaching students in study skills since the 1980's, when I was a peer tutor in high school, helping my classmates write notes, study before exams and write essays. I continued this as an undergraduate, when I was a specially trained peer writing tutor at an Ivy League college. As an lecturer in a liberal arts college and teaching assistant in graduate school, I was also responsible for making sure that students knew how to study the material, which I did through leading discussions on readings and helping students take notes, study for exams and write papers.
Reading, Writing

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Inspiring Tutor

I highly recommend Christina M. for her work as a Polish language tutor. I worked with her during December of 2016 out of genealogical and family history interests. She is truly a teacher of great skill and competency and I am happy to convey my experience working with her.
My lessons with Christina were conducted through Skype. Often, instructors find online teaching difficult, but this is not the case with Christina. Instead, she has a strong mastery of the tool with which she is working and excellent organizational skills, all of which contribute to easily understandable and useful lessons. In addition, her choice of texts – Oscar E. Swan’s Polish grammars as well as Alexander M. Schenker’s book for Yale University – displays her discriminating knowledge of the resources available to help students. She is a teacher who also puts in a great amount of effort in creating supplemental materials, whether it is recording textbook exercises on SoundCoud for listening comprehension or searching out songs on YouTube to showcase truly excellent language use. Slowly, she even encouraged me to begin writing my logistical correspondence to her in what Polish I could.
Ultimately, I was unable to continue lessons due to work obligations but have retained my interest in the Polish language and work from the resources provided by Christina frequently. One of her great gifts as a teacher is inspiring a genuine fascination with language and culture.

Claire, 2 lessons with Christina

Extremely understanding and intuitive

So wonderful. She went out of her way to assist me in my studies . Christina would be great for anyone struggling to learn a foreign language. Highly recommended.

Cindy, 15 lessons with Christina

Wonderful teacher who is patient

Christina is fantastic at making language learning fun and interesting. She is very knowledgeable about the Polish language and culture. She's easy to talk to and full of information.

Nett, 2 lessons with Christina

Patient and very detailed

Explained concepts in a way that made them incredibly less difficult she has also helped me improve on my pronunciation of certain german words I have been struggling with thank you for the help.

Jonathan, 2 lessons with Christina

Awesome German Tutor!

Christina and I had our first session this Monday and I had a great time. The be able to practice out loud with someone is very helpful. We went through the intro chapter and she helped me understand some of the rules behind German words and phrases. I look forward to our next session!

Katie, 5 lessons with Christina

Knowledgeable and excellent tutor

She is really knowledgeable and the way she teach me, it doesn't make me feel like I just start to learn how to play piano. She keeps my spirit up through entire course and she teaches with patience. Excellent tutor.

Januari , 2 lessons with Christina

Passionate Tutor

Christina's ability to share her passion and joy in languages is truly remarkable. She promised that learning Russian would be fun and entertaining and after my first lesson I believe that she will do it. She has a gift that needs to be shared and I am grateful that I found her as my tutor. I think that I might actually be able to learn Russian with her.

Jerry, 10 lessons with Christina

Great Lesson!

Once again, having a lesson with Christina is a pleasure. She is incredibly helpful and dedicated to her students, going above and beyond to make sure that they are engaged in the material and learning in multiple ways. She works with me using the textbook and also provides movies, music, books, and other material to help me dive as deeply into the language as possible.

Arisa, 11 lessons with Christina

Encouraging tutor with wonderful adaptability.

So far we have covered pronunciation, gender cases, inflection, common phrases and handwriting. Christina is very patient while covering basic grammar rules and can always explain in depth when I have a question. She has given me many helpful learning resources that allow me to immerse myself in the Russian culture. Wonderful Tutor!

Kimberly, 5 lessons with Christina

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