Lessons & Courses
The secret of success at learning is having a goal, and my first question will always be what do you want to achieve at the end of a course or period of study. It is seemingly easy when a student is preparing to sit an exam but even then what is your motivation, since a foreign language, and the Russian language, in particular, is not a compulsory option? Whether you decided to learn for a formal qualification, a business assignment or just for fun, you still have an additional enquiry in mind: is it curiosity? A challenge? A desire to keep your brain going? Maybe even a dare game? I aim to tackle the lessons to suit your individual interests. "RESULT" is my motto and it is my responsibility to bring you towards your goals, both declared and undeclared.
The timetable above is for guidance only. It is being modified regularly and availability changes depending on pupils' requests. To arrange lessons, please contact the tutor.
Online learning is the modern trend, especially when it comes to foreign languages. It allows both the tutor and the tutee to meet for sessions in the comfort of their own home and at often a more convenient time than it can be done in-person. More importantly, online learning is not affected by social distancing. It saves travel time and cost; it opens great opportunities for using e-resources and, incidentally, online learning may be called environmentally friendly since it requires none or little printing.
This teaching model demands creativity, flexibility, and advanced IT skills from the tutor – and a learner needs to be well focused and self-motivated. So, learning a foreign language through the screen is not everyone’s cup of tea, which is why I offer all modules and levels online only to pupils aged 12+. I can use both Skype and Zoom but give my preference to Skype because it allows saving the time of sessions by more flexible screen sharing.
Russian Courses for Business
When a foreign language is learnt for business purposes, knowledge of specific vocabulary for the industry is required, and a series of role-plays are created to model typical situations of communication at work. Even when you wish to teach staff only the foundation skills, your course can be tailored to the needs of your business, which we can discuss in a prior meeting... Read more
It is commonly thought that the older the age of second language learners the lower proficiency scores they achieve. That is not true. Two of my pupils have grandchildren. Teaching an adult requires a method based on logic and associations rather than repetition and memory... Read more
The Key Stage 4 curriculum in MFL is said to be built upon prior learning in Key Stage 3. However, not all candidates go through Key Stage 3. Due to the diversity of backgrounds, when pupils begin their preparation for GCSE Russian, their levels vary from an absolute beginner to having an extended passive and well-developed reading and listening skills or vice versa, good oral and listening skill but not reading and writing. Such inconsistency makes one-to-one tutoring invaluable since my teaching strategy and scheme of work will focus on your individual needs to improve a specific area and balance up your Russian language skills to the level of confidence at all types of assessment. Read more
Only a small number of 6th Form colleges offer the Russian Language as an A-Level option - and yet it may be one of your best grades and thereby your ticket to a better university, particularly if you are a native or bi-lingual Russian speaker. This course takes language students from intermediate to advanced level that reflects in the structure of the assessment. A-level examinations include not only listening, speaking and reading tasks but also research-based essay and debates as well as translation of a Russian text to English and English to Russian... Read more
If you mainly speak English (or another language) at home but you want your children to be able to talk to their grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins during family visits to Vologda, Saratov or Novgorod, then it is worth taking care of their Russian skills. Many parents in bilingual families make a lot of effort to speak Russian at home whenever they can, so their children often develop the receptive (passive) language: they understand Russian speech at a domestic level and might be taught beginner reading and writing skills. The challenge, in this case, is... Read more
National Curriculum of the Russian Federation
You are anxious that your children preserve and develop their native language and to introduce them to Russian literature. I work with Russian primary and secondary school children using Russian school textbooks. My native Russian pupils learn syntax and grammar, prepare presentations, develop their creative and analytical essay skills in Russian, and learn some useful points that also enhance their English writing. I teach native pupils to read and comprehend text using examples of the most famous Russian authors such as A. Pushkin, M. Lermontov, N. Gogol, I. Turgenev... Read more
Those who have a high level of linguistic awareness understand music well, and vice versa, since music is also a language that is understood universally. Thanks to this connection, it was easy for me to write poetry and become a linguist after studying music for over 15 years from the age of 5. Moreover, it was music that inspired my poetry. My approach to teaching music is similar to teaching language. I crave to pass on my understanding of the musical phrase and features of expression. I teach my students to give expressive performances, which in turn reflects in their high grades at ABRSM examinations... Read more