Vera Kuznetsova : Russian

Vera Kuznetsova
Subject : Russian
Native : Russian
Finland
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Hello, my name is Vera Kuznetsova and I'm 33 years old and currently living in Finland. I am a native Russian speaker and teach Russian. I have taught online with Verbalplanet.com since June 2016. I can speak the following languages fluently: Russian, English. I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 50% of my normal lesson price for new students.

Detailed Profile in English

About me

I have always been passionate about teaching languages and learning about different cultures. I graduated from Moscow State Open Pedagogical University (with a Master’s Degree in teaching the Russian language and literature) in 2005, my additional diploma is ‘Methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language’ (Moscow State University, 2007). In order to improve my performance, I have recently moved to Finland to study at the University of Eastern Finland (based in Joensuu). I am doing a Master’s Degree program in Linguistics which is taught entirely in English and seeks to provide an opportunity to study language, linguistics, language technology and translation from a variety of perspectives.

I have worked as a language teacher for more than 10 years. I have worked with people of different cultural backgrounds: American, British, Scottish, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Australian, Ukrainian, Iranian, Peruvian, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish, Finnish, German, French.

The companies I have worked with include JPMC, Merck, Pepsi, Shell, BP, Alcoa, GlaxoSmithKline, Alcoa, AT Kearney, Ford, General Motors, AVON, H&M, AGCO, Oshkosh, Microsoft, Nike, General Electric, etc.

Being a Russian language teacher, I am responsible for:

• determining language schedule, assessing customers’ needs,

• preparing a course syllabus for students based on their goals and objectives,

• preparing daily lessons and providing instructions on teaching methods and authentic materials use,

• assessing learners’ performance and providing monthly reports on students’ progress,

• providing feedback to the students including recommendations on how to improve their experience,

• consulting other teachers on the choice of learning materials,

• providing cultural training on Russian traditions, customs, etiquette, etc.

When I teach, I always concentrate on all components of the language: listening, speaking, writing, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary building and grammar practice.

I will be happy to develop a special program for you to support your Russian studies and make them fun and productive at the same time.

Qualifications & Experience

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

- Skilled in all aspects of classroom operations, curriculum development, evaluation of student progress, coordination with language coordinators, facilitation of positive learning environments.

- Experienced in diverse educational settings, working with students from all learning levels and socioeconomic backgrounds.

- Gained hands-on experience in helping students develop their personal strengths, using a student-centered, holistic approach with a focus on oral and written foreign language proficiency in a strong conversational curriculum

EDUCATION

Moscow State Open Pedagogical University named after M.A. Sholokhov; Master’s degree in teaching the Russian language and literature, the English language, 2000-2005

Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov; teacher of Russian as a foreign language, 2007

University of Eastern Finland; MA in Linguistic Sciences; Master’s degree in Sociolinguistics: Language Contacts and Language Policy, 2015 – present

CAREER HISTORY

Global LT Ltd. (Michigan, US)

Russian/English language trainer and instructor, April 2008 – present

- provided evaluation of student language skills, preparing syllabus based on their goals and requirements

- taught Russian/English to managers of the following companies: JPMC, Merck, Pepsi, Shell, BP, Alcoa, GlaxoSmithKline, Alcoa, AT Kearney, Ford, General Motors, AVON, H&M, AGCO, Oshkosh, etc.

- assessed learners’ performance and provided monthly reports on students’ progress

- provided training on Russian history, traditions, customs, and etiquette

Cartus Corporation (London, UK)

Russian language trainer and instructor, October 2014 – August 2015

- planned, prepared and delivered Russian lessons to Microsoft, Nike, General Electric employees

- developed tailored lesson plans utilizing a broad range of techniques and strategies addressing all aspects of communication that develop a student's ability to read, write, speak, and listen

- performed language assessments to evaluate student progress in language acquisition and achieving learning targets

- utilized extensive international exposure and education in order to teach students with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds

- used differentiated instruction to successfully improve students' learning potential

CJSC ‘ARS COMMUNICATIONS’ Event Agency (Moscow/Saint-Petersburg, Russia)

Communication manager, February 2011 – August 2015

- developed and maintained relationships with customers and suppliers (SAP, Microsoft, Sony, Toyota, Bridgestone)

- prepared event documentation (written proposals, presentations, cost estimations, marketing materials, etc.)

- provided translational and interpretational services, participated in meeting with customers, presented concepts and ideas

- wrote creative concepts and scenarios

- May 2012-July 2013 – prepared an international event ‘Imagine Cup’ (by Microsoft) in Russia, Saint-Petersburg for students from 80 countries. Participated in venue inspections, negotiations with venue management and customers, prepared event documentation, design of creative concept showing Russian traditions and culture, held monthly meetings, worked with celebrities, monitored health and security services, dealt with emergency situations)

Event video summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhnQ-rMuLgM

Moscow State Technical University named after N.E. Bauman (Moscow, Russia)

English teacher (specialist in engineering English), January 2006 – September 2009

- taught English to students of all courses using provided materials and supplementary teaching aids

- maintained classroom interest, motivation, participation, and discipline through creative teaching techniques, evaluated performance and assigned letter grades

- managed evaluation of student progress and facilitation of a positive learning environment, coordinate with students and educational professionals to ensure consistent quality educational and developmental opportunities

Translation center and linguistic center ‘Maximus’ (Moscow, Russia)

Russian/English teacher and methodologist, translator March 2004 – December 2005

- interviewed and hired language teachers, assisted them with the choice of course materials and preparation of syllabus, collected and analyzed customer feedback

- provided tutoring in conversational Russian and English and professional tutoring for children, young people and adults in group and individual sessions

- kept track of student progress by regular formal and informal assessments

- developed and implemented strategic study plans and strategies for underperforming students to improve their skills

- interviewed and hired language teachers, assisted them with the choice of course materials and preparation of syllabus, collected and analyzed customer feedback

- provided consecutive interpretation services

- translated documents (English-Russian, Russian-English)

Teaching Approach

As long as I remember myself, I have taken interest in teaching languages. I believe that being a teacher means not only having the knowledge and ability to communicate it but also practising life-time learning and having curiosity about the world we live in.

My philosophy of teaching asserts that students are entitled to quality instruction in an active and stimulating learning environment. I believe that effective teaching is comprised of three necessary elements.

Firstly, a great teacher is passionate and enthusiastic about the subject he is teaching. I find that when I can convey my own enthusiasm, it is often contagious enough that students become engaged in learning.

Secondly, a great teacher exploits teaching experience of previous generations with all their successes and failures at the same time leaving some space for tackling tasks with a new and creative approach. The teacher’s role involves using expertise in order to put all the necessary resources in the hands of the students and make sure that the curriculum is tailored in a way that it fits their needs and yet leaves enough room to foster their independent learning. My teaching practices should empower students to take ownership of their education and help them realize that they are responsible for their learning outcomes.

The last but probably the most important piece of effective teaching is creating a safe environment that is interactive and collaborative and that promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills. I rely on Stephen Krashen’s theory claiming that learners with high motivation, self-confidence, a good self-image, and a low level of anxiety are better equipped for success in second language acquisition.

In order to create a safe learning environment, I encourage students to ask questions, share their views, I also solicit anonymous feedback about assignments as well as my teaching style, and I listen to students’ suggestions. I want students to actively participate, rather than passively learn. I would also emphasize the importance of communication by using humour and a variety of teaching techniques to make learning enjoyable so as to motivate the students to learn.

I follow these principles in teaching: having enthusiasm and sharing it with students; learning about the students in the course; organizing each class thoroughly; and using a variety of teaching methods to present the material.

Using multimedia in the classroom has also become a priority for me. I want my students to see that the language they are learning does not only exist in their textbooks, but it is part of the real world. I use online dictionaries and different websites in order to demonstrate the students how to use these tools and make them feel comfortable looking for answers by themselves. Listening to a song in a foreign language? Why not? Booking a ticket or making a hotel reservation in the target language? Absolutely!

I am not ‘fishing’ for them but I give my students fishing rods and teach them how to fish. Thus, I teach my students to teach themselves so that they would be able to recognize patterns in the language and know where to look for answers when they need help. And it is up to them whether they prefer to fish together or on their own, whether they are aiming at catching a whale or they simply enjoy catching fish for fun, I am here to support them.


     

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