My name is Polina. Since 2015, I help learners of Russian to overcome their language barrier and speak Russian confidently and fluently. I will be glad to help you too!
I work with adult learners, who need Russian for their work or life in Russia (General and Business Russian). There are diplomats, employees of international companies, students, and even one artist among my students. They all have different levels in Russian, mostly from zero to B2.
Answering your questions
I prefer Zoom to Skype. This tool is better for online learning thanks to some useful options. For example, you can mark, draw, make notes on the shared screen from both sides simultaneously there.
Well, it depends on many factors…
Let’s do this way. You tell me about you previous experience in learning Russian, what results you expect from taking the course and what is your deadline to achieve these results. With this in mind I will design a learning action plan for your specific situation.
Just write me to firstname.lastname@example.org or in Facebook, and I will answer you soon!
The price depends on whether you learn in Moscow or online, and on whether you buy 1 lesson or a package of 5 lessons. Learn more about pricing here.
Yes, you can cancel or postpone your lesson, but you need to do it in advance (not less than 24 hours before the lesson starts). Learn more about cancellation and rescheduling rules here.
Course and lessons are planned based on your learning goals. That is why I never use any one particular coursebook. I start with making a plan to reach your goals, and then prepare or find materials, that suit this plan best.
Not every student wants to learn to write and to read handwriting. If you want to, of course, we will practice it.
A few words on my teaching approach
In order to overcome the language barrier and speak you need to speek
That is why we will talk a lot on our lessons, even at the elementary level.
It is worth noting, that not only beginner students have this problem. More advanced learners often can easily read quite difficult articles in the Internet, but struggle to listen and understand, or to talk about easier daily things.
Personalized balanced learning
For our lessons, I choose materials (articles, videos, dialogues etc.), that are relevant to the situations, in which you usually need Russian. I always take into account interests, profession, life-style of each student. And pay attention to what is difficult and what is easy to him/her, which techniques work for this particular learner.
The problem I mentioned above (when a learner reads difficult articles, bur struggle to communicate easy things) is the result of imbalanced learning. The learner read a lot and got a really good result here, but ignored practicing spoken language (or just had nobody to talk Russian to). That is why I always try to balance my lessons and courses, so that you could not only speak, but also listen, read, and write, learn to distinguish formal and informal ways to communicate.
I always give a homework.
First, this way you learn Russian more hours per week, so you will reach the level you need sooner.
Second, as a homework, you can do those tasks, to do which you don’t need a teacher to be with you (watch a video, write an essay, read a long text). It helps to free up more time for speaking during the lesson. All these activities are essential when learning a foreign language, and without a homework you’d have to work on it at a the lesson’s time. But is it good for you?
English or Russian instructions
Tutoring beginner and elementary students, I prefer to explain grammar in English in order to save time, and to be fully understood. Lessons with more advanced learners are completely in Russian.
Work on pronunciation
I pay a lot of attention to pronunciation, as it affects not only whether Russians can easily understand you, but also whether you can understand Russians.
It is real to learn to pronounce Russian sounds even if you don’t have them in your mother tongue. I know it from my own experience (being a kid I struggled with several sounds) and my students’ experience (who managed to pronounce the new sounds and to distinguish them from other sounds).
Grammar in the context
It is well-known, that Russian grammar is not the easiest one. And it is hardly possible to learn to speak good Russian ignoring its grammar. But in order to make grammar practice more interesting and easier to remember I usually try to think of some story, some situation, where the rule is needed. And to practice this rule in the context of this story.
Use of my own learning experience and continuous professional development
My own experience of learning several foreign languages helps me to find answers for some important questions like:
- Is this explanation easy to understand?
- Will this exercise be interesting or not?
- Is this activity useful and beneficial to my student?
I also continuously look for and try new techniques in teaching Russian, in order to make lessons as beneficial for you as possible.
- 2010 – Master of Economics, Moscow State University n.a. M. V. Lomonosov, the economic faculty;
- 2015 – Teacher of Russian as a foreign Language (retraining), Institute of Russian Language and Culture (IRLC at Lomonosov MSU);
- 2016 – Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms, Relay Graduate School of Education through Coursera;
- 2017 – Informational technology for teachers (online course);
- 2017, June 13th – 17th – Course “Teaching to communicate in a foreign language: modern concepts, technologies and tricks” at Kitaygorodskaya School.