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Helen Makuchkina : English

Helen Makuchkina
Subject : English
Native : Russian
Ukraine
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Hello, my name is Helen Makuchkina and I'm 32 years old and currently living in Ukraine. I am a native Russian speaker and teach English. I have been an online English teacher with Verbalplanet.com since November 2018. I can speak the following languages fluently: Russian, English, Ukrainian. I am currently offering a free initial trial lesson for new students.

Detailed Profile in English

About me

Hello, everybody! My name is Helen, I am 32 years old and I have been teaching English for approximately ten years. My major at the university was teaching English as a foreign language and I have never regretted my choice of profession!

Through my working experience I have taught both adults and children. Teaching adults is very interesting and challenging, and due to the fact that most adults come to lessons with a long history of learning experience, to engage their attention, I usually need to balance the serious study of English with more entertaining ways and activities for learning.

As for children, frankly speaking, they are my favorite students. I love how enthusiastic and creative and curious they are! How everything is fresh and new for them! Working with children gives me the great impact of positive energy every day and the chance to rediscover the world with them.

I have a strong interest in teaching on-line, because I love travelling and I can work everywhere. I am looking forward to this new opportunity in my life. Thanks for considering me. Hope to hear from you soon! Bye-bye!

Qualifications & Experience

EDUCATION

Bachelor Degree in English Language, Literature and computer science, Ukraine, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University – 2003-2007

Specialist Degree in English Language, Literature and computer science, Ukraine, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University – 2007-2008

EXPERIENCE

Teacher at Private Gymnasium “SkyEnglish”

Kyiv, Ukraine December 2015 – now

• Teaching English to students of 5th and 6th grades

• Tutoring English one-on-one

Teacher at Language Consultancy Services

Luhansk, Ukraine May 2011 – September 2015

• Taught multi-level Spoken English courses for children

• Administration work (student placement, methodically provided resources for lessons)

• Modified assignments for students at different ability levels

• Created behavior modification program to meet individual student’s needs

Teacher at Luhansk middle school №37

Luhansk, Ukraine May 2010 – March 2011

• Taught English and English literature to students of 5th and 6th grades

• Led group activities

• Provided tutoring support and designed individualized learning plans for English language learners, students with learning difficulties and gifted students

Teacher at Luhansk middle school №5

Luhansk, Ukraine April 2009 - April 2010

• Administration work (student placement, methodically provided resources for lessons)

• Taught 3 th and 5th graders with an average of 25 students per class.

Teacher/Translator

Max’s Holyfood Language Studio

Luhansk, Ukraine

January 2008 – May 2009

• Taught multi-level Spoken English courses for children

• Taught multi-level Spoken English courses for adults

Teaching Approach

I believe children learn best in the stress-free environment, where learning is organized to resemble games as much as possible. Since I know that children start listening long before they learn to speak, I believe in using TPR activities during the first classes. I know most children are visual learners and need to be provided visual stimulation to be engaged. The younger the child, the shorter the attention span they have, which means the activities need to last no longer than 3-5 minutes, then they have to be changed.

When the lessons are taught on-line, the teacher is not only the source of information, but also the model of enthusiasm, so the teacher needs to be as active and engaged, as it is only possible.

When I work with adults, I base my teaching on the needs analysis. Adults benefit most from targeted instruction. However, they also need to be cognitively engaged to progress faster. Also whenever English is taught, where it is not a first language, the students need to be given MAXIMUM opportunities for speaking during their English class.

     

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