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Christina M.

Lakewood, WA

$40/hour

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

50+ Hours
5.0 average from 39 ratings
Far beyond my expectations
— Michael, Schenectady, NY on 9/4/15

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Brown University
History and Russian Studies
University of Washington
Master's
University of Washington
PhD

Education

Brown University (History and Russian Studies)

University of Washington (Master's)

University of Washington (PhD)

About Christina

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 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 Mittelstufenpr├╝fung (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.
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
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Lakewood, WA 98499

"Far beyond my expectations"

- Michael, Schenectady, NY on 9/4/15

"Patient and very detailed"

- Jonathan, Tacoma, WA on 1/30/17

"Awesome German Tutor!"

- Katie, Seattle, WA on 12/21/16

"Knowledgeable and excellent tutor"

- Januari, Spanaway, WA on 11/20/16

"Passionate Tutor"

- Jerry, Olympia, WA on 11/3/16

"Great Lesson!"

- Arisa, Burlingame, CA on 4/20/16

"Encouraging tutor with wonderful adaptability."

- Kimberly, Bremerton, WA on 8/16/15

"Unbelievably knowledgeable and patient"

- Morgan, Lakewood, WA on 6/14/15
Music:
Piano
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Czech,
ESL/ESOL, German,
Polish,
Russian
History:
American History, European History, Geography, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Handwriting,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

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.

German

In 1990, I passed the Mittelstufenpr├╝fung, 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.

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

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.

Polish

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

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

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.

Brown University
History and Russian Studies
University of Washington
Master's
University of Washington
PhD

Education

Brown University (History and Russian Studies)

University of Washington (Master's)

University of Washington (PhD)

Far beyond my expectations

I hired Christina to help me learn a Polish blessing for my family's Christmas Eve dinner. We've only had one session together, but I can't say enough positive things about the experience. From the minute she first got in touch with me she was earnestly interested in my story and my needs. Before the lesson, she contacted a native-Polish friend to help her prepare several authentic traditional pra

— Michael, Schenectady, NY on 9/4/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Christina will travel within 40 miles of Lakewood, WA 98499.