My name is Polina. Since 2015, I help you to improve your Russian to achieve confidence and fluency and sound more natural, speaking it.
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 your previous experience in learning Russian, what results do 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 on Facebook, and I will answer you soon!
The price depends on whether you learn in Moscow or online, and on whether you buy only one lesson or a package of five 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 start time). 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. First, I make a plan to reach your goals, then prepare or find materials to work best.
Not every student wants to learn to write and to read handwriting. If you want, of course, we will practice it.
A few words on my teaching approach
To overcome the language barrier, you need to speak
That is why we will talk a lot during the lessons, even at the elementary level.
It is worth noting, that not only beginner students have this problem. More advanced learners often easily read difficult articles on the Internet, while struggle to understand quite an easy things they hear.
Individualized learning plan and materials
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, the lifestyle of each student, and pay attention to what is difficult and what is easy for 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. Reading a lot, the learner ignored practicing the spoken language (or just had nobody to talk Russian). That is why I always try to balance my lessons and courses so that you not only could speak, but also listen, read, and write, learn to distinguish formal and informal ways to communicate.
I always give homework.
First, this way you learn Russian more hours per week, so you will reach the level you need sooner.
Second, as homework, you can do the 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 homework, you’d have to work on it at the lesson’s time. But does it work for you?
English or Russian instructions
With beginner and elementary students, I prefer to explain grammar in English to save time and to be fully understood. And I speak only Russian with more advanced learners.
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.
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 Russian well, ignoring its grammar. I usually try to think of a story or a situation, in which you need this or that rule and to work on it in such a context. This approach helps to remember the rules, making the lessons more interesting and engaging.
Use of my own learning experience and continuous professional development
My experience as a foreign language learner helps me to answer some important questions like:
- Is this explanation easy to understand?
- Will this exercise be interesting?
- Is this activity useful and beneficial to my student?
I also continuously look for and try new techniques in teaching Russian 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.