Nataliya Balko : English

Nataliya Balko
Subject : English
Native : English
Belarus
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Hello, my name is Nataliya Balko and I'm 34 years old and currently living in Belarus. I am a native English speaker and teach English. I have taught online with Verbalplanet.com since October 2016. I can speak the following languages fluently: English, Italian, Russian. I am currently offering a free initial trial lesson for new students.

Detailed Profile in English

About me

Hello!

My name is Nataliya) I have been teaching English for more than 8 years. I have taught English in many wonderful places around the world - Italy, Russia, Sweden and now Belarus.

I am a British native, born in the north of England and am now living and working in Minsk, Belarus.

I am passionate about languages, both learning and teaching, and come from a whole family of language teachers and professors, so I suppose it's in my blood!

Qualifications & Experience

I graduated from the University of Essex in the UK with a BA in English Language and Linguistics in 2005. I also have an MA in Linguistics of European Languages (with a specialisation in Swedish). I got this diploma at University of Uppsala, Sweden. I've been an online teacher since 2008.

I am a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language) qualified teacher with over 8 years teaching experience to all age ranges and ability levels. I have taught in groups, one on one, and privately. Every year I'm invited to take part in the World Prominent Exhibitions as an interpreter. English/Russian, Russian/English.I'm also an author of three books in language teaching methods of studying English with practical exercises.

As a language learner (I have learnt Russian and Italian and am now learning Swedish), I feel that I better understand the needs of a student and how making lessons fun, interesting and tailored to the correct level, encourages learning, feeds motivation and therefore SUCCESS.

Teaching Approach

My approach is personalised to each student. I listen to what the student wants to achieve and plan around their objectives.

I use a lot of authentic material and interactive exercises which help the learner use the language in real life situations. I also do preparation for various certificates (IELTS, TOEFL, CAE etc.), business English, academic English, aviation English and others.

The most important part of language learning is communication. I encourage my students to talk as much as possible, without the fear of making mistakes. The key to success is regular speaking practice with a native speaker.


     

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