Fully-qualified experienced language teacher offers one-to-one and group lessons. Lessons via Skype are available.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Russian at all levels
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have an MA in Linguistics, Professional Diploma (Level 7) in teaching, PGCE, Certificate in teaching Russian as a foreign language. I am a member of professional teaching organisation IfL and have been the chair of NATECLA.
- How much do you charge?
My live/Skype one-to-one lessons are £30.00 per hour with the minimum of 1,5 hrs. Another option is lessons in small groups. These are run in Manchester on Tuesdays from 6:00 till 9:00 pm. See the details on (concealed information)
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- Where do you teach?
I teach from home in Timperley, in Manchester on Wednesdays. Skype lessons are also available. I
- When are you available?
I am available weekdays and weekends. Any time any day.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach University students, business people, adults and provide in-company training. I do not teach children (SORRY!!)
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare for GCSE Russian, A-level Russian and for Russian Language Centre certificate in Russian. I have also prepared university student from Durham, Oxford, Manchester and many more for their Russian exams. So I have exam practice papers available.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
You contact me, we discuss your requirements, arrange suitable times/days for lessons and exchange Skype details. We have our first lesson, then I email/post you the invoice for an agreed number of lessons. You pay the invoice via bank transfer, cheque or cash (if you live locally to me). If you have an exam coming up and you need an intensive preparotary course, you can book strange times like after 9:00 pm or before 9 am. There may be an extra charge for this.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Enjoy the lessons, trust teacher's expertise and communicate with native speakers as often as possible.
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- What kind of experience do you have?
I have worked in various fields of teaching: I taught in schools in Russia, on language courses, in FE colleges in the UK. For a number of years I taught on CertTESOL and DTTLS courses in Manchester.
I am currently employed by Manchester Adult Education Services as an English Language teacher.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have CRB
- Where and with whom did you train?
I trained to teach Russian in Moscow State University. Some of my teachers were famous Russian book writers.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
IfL and NATECLA
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My current students include university students, school children aged 14 (preparing for GCSE's), actors, business people, hobbyists, lovers of Russian culture and language
• MA in Linguistics; speciality: Language-teacher
• Professional Diploma in TESOL (Level 7) & Certificate in Russian Language Teaching from Moscow State University
• IfL registered, CRB
When I arrived at my first lesson I was surprised to learn that no English would be spoken, unlike other language classes I have attended where instructions for tasks were given in English. The first five minutes were confusing and required most concentration as I got to grips with not only hearing Russian but also seeing how it was written. After the initial confusion I was surprised at how easy it was to follow the lesson and work out what I should be doing. I absolutely LOVED it!!!
I enjoyed being able to practice the vocabulary I had learnt with other members of the class. I noticed that when we went for a break at the end of lesson all the class were still attempting to practice the Russian they had learnt on one another. I really enjoyed the lesson and was pleased to have learnt some basic vocabulary and phrases which would be understood by a native Russian speaker.
I had previously learned Spanish to GCSE level, and a little German, and so, I was looking forward to the first session of Russian. To begin with I had some difficulty pronouncing certain sounds because the stress and intonation was different from English. After a while, I felt quite comfortable with this, thanks to the patience of my teacher.
The teacher introduced the written form of the language to me and this is the point where thought I'd encounter some difficulty. This is because in my previous foreign language learning, the alphabets were similar to the English alphabet. In the Russian alphabet there are many phonetic and visual differences. However, I was amazed how quickly it became clear and more interesting once an element of explanation was introduced. The sounds became more understandable, clear and functional.
My personal feeling about my first session is that I felt very comfortable with the teacher and the tasks. I feel that my needs have been accommodated really well. I was very pleased with my progress after the first session. On my way back home the Russian words I learnt in the lesson still sounded in my head. Look forward to my next class!
At the beginning we were a bit nervous, because we didn't know what to expect. Olga though was able to calm our nerves and draw us into participating into the lesson; this was done, through good use of body language and building up a rapport with myself and that of my fellow students. As we got to know not only the tutor but also each other a little more, people became more eager to practice the vocabulary. One activity that really brought us as a group together was when we had a mingling activity.
Olga's performance in front of the class was impressive: she did not appear nervous or intimidated to me and seemed at ease in her discourse with the class. She articulated well and her use of exaggerated body language and mime were handled confidently (I imagine, if handled badly, such methods can seem either somewhat foolish or patronising) and she easily found and shared amusement with her audience.
It would be nice to have a chance to throw myself once more into the experience of learning Russian with Olga. Unfortunately or fortunately, I've now moved to Russiaâ€¦
The tutor's rapport with us was fundamental to gaining the interest and maintained attention of the groupâ€¦.
Teacher's use of mime and repetition really got the basic points across and I even forgot I was spoken to in Russian.
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