I have taught English to students of different levels from absolute beginners to advanced learners, who needed Business English. I graduated from the University of International Relations and World Languages in Almaty, Kazakhstan and always tried to develop professionally by attending various courses, learning about new techniques, experimenting and finally taking a CELTA course in Oxford and an online Teaching Business English course. I like to give students plenty of opportunities to understand and practise vocabulary and grammar through a variety of contexts. I use a lot of role-play and try to develop all language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. I play the guitar and sing a lot of English songs, if students are interested, songs are a great source of learning the language!
Learning is a a creative process, and both teacher and student play an equal part in it. It's possible to achieve a good result only if both parties are passionate, dedicated and prepared to work hard. It's important to practise the language you've learnt in all sorts of situations and ways. The teacher is responsible for providing the opportunity to see how the language is used through reading and listening tasks and use it in speaking and writing, but the student is responsible for using the opportunity.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach English as a Foreign Language and Russian.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
First I graduated from the Pedagogical college in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This gave me a headstart in teaching methodology. Then I specialized in English and got a diploma of an English teacher at the Kazakh State University of International Relations and World Languages. I continued my education in England and got a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults and Certificate in Teaching Businass English to Speakers of Other Languages.
- How much do you charge?
When I teach at my own home my charges are £14 per hour. The first lesson is a consultation and evaluation, and it's free. If I have to travel to a student's home, the charges are £18 per hour. I'm happy to give group discounts depending on the size of the group.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at home and at students' homes. I live in the West Midlands, the surrounding areas include Kenilworth, Bedworth, Baginton, Bulkington, Dunchurch, Corley, Meriden, Wolston. I'm willing to travel around Coventry.
- When are you available?
I'm available on weekdays during the day and in the evenings (except for Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. and Friday evening from 7 p.m.) Arrangements can be made for weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach school-age children and adults. Levels for both English and Russian include Beginner to Upper-Intermediate.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I have broadband and Skype.
I taught interpreters at the University of International Relations and World Languages for 5 years. They particularly appreciated the fact that I made it easy and interesting for them to understand grammar and vocabulary and gave them lots of creative opportunities to use it. Through role-plays such as business meetings, exhibitions, debates, tourist agencies, negotiations and drama I developed not only their language skills, but also their presentation skills and creative thinking. Among my private students there are school children and University students. I have taught one of my students for over 5 years. She started as an absolute beginner and now can converse fluently with native speakers, appreciates English literature and is preparing for ILTS exams. I have experience of teaching on Skype and at home. I adjust my teaching to students' needs and personal interests.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I taught general and business English at the Interpreted Faculty of the Kazakh State University of International Relations and World Languages for 6 years. Then I worked at the language school "English First" for a year. I also taught privately for over 10 years. My students ranged from 8-year old children, 15-19 year old University students to 30-40 year old adults. Their level, needs and requirements also varied from beginners to upper-intermediate and learning English for Business communication. I taught Russian as a native language at primary school when I studied at the Pedagogical College.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, I do.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
In April 2010 I had a Business English student who wanted to improve his essay writing skills and learn more about business through and intensive one week course. It was a nice challenge for me. I enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it. He is really enthusiastic, very observant, has a good business accumen and original critical thinking. At the moment I have a very good Russian student. She is an absolute beginner, but she did a good preparatory work - learnt the alphabet, learnt to read, listened to some dialogues and songs and learnt a bit about grammar. This preparation made a big difference: speaking, listening comprehension and grammar come easy to her and we've had meaningful communication from the first lesson.
10.07.06 – 08.08.06 The English Training Centre, Birmingham, Certificate in Teaching Business English to Speakers of Other Languages with Merit
05.06.06 – 30.06.06 British Study Centres Teacher Training CELTA course, Oxford, Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
29.07.02 - 23.08.02 International Language Academy “Aspect”, London, Certificate of Proficiency in English
1994 - 1998 The Kazakh State University of International Relations & World Languages after Abilay khan, Diploma of teacher of English
September 1998 - June 2004 The Kazakh State University of International Relations & World Languages after Abilay khan, Interpreter faculty, teacher of General and Business English
26.06.02 - 27.07.02 The University of KIMEP (Kazakh Institute of Management, Economy and Prognosis), teacher at the preparatory courses
June 2004 – August 2005 Design company “Vector-ES” LLC, Almaty, Kazakhstan, English-Russian Translator-Interpreter
February 2005 – December 2005 English First Kazakhstan, teacher of English
1990 - present Tutor of English and Russian as a foreign language
Irina has taught my son for about 3 years. She is very experienced and knowledgeable. Irina keeps his lesson effective, engaging and fun.I can't thank her enough for all the help that she gives us. I would definitely recommend her as a tutor.
Irina is a lovely and warm person that has really helped me to learn and further my knoweledge. I strongly recommend her to other students that would need help In learning English as she has been an amazing help and a wonderful teacher.
Before I met Irina, I did not know the English language, but thanks to the professional qualities of Irina, I have a good result. Irina is very responsible and creative in preparing for lessons. Classes are always methodically competently organized, where there is always an interesting and easy to understand explanation. She finds an individual approach to each student. I certainly recommend her to other students, because she has a lot of experience and rich knowledge. Besides Irina is a wonderful person, I'm looking forward to every lesson.
I think Irina is just a wonderful teacher! Her lessons are not just useful, but interesting. She also sings very well and you can learn new songs together! It is excellent!
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