60 Min One-To-One Lessons
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Let speaking emerge effortlessly and voluntarily in a real meaningful communication with comprehensible input provided by a language partner.
Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced
60 min one-to-one lessons
When You're Ready To Speak
When you understand most of Russian presented in my videos for beginners and you feel like you could give short answers to simple questions, it may be time to make first steps in speaking.
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1500 RUB / 60 min
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How to start speaking?
If you want to start speaking Russian naturally, you need a language parent who applies the following principles during the sessions:
- Effortless and voluntary speaking
After the silent period of the pre-production stage a language parent creates opportunities for effortless and voluntary speaking emerge gradually and progressively from short answers of the early production stage to simple intelligible messages of the speech emergence stage and then to complete detailed messages of intermediate fluency stage. The language parent tolerates the learner’s silence, slow speed speech and mistakes, and works to understand the learner’s messages.
- Comprehensible input
The language parent makes the language input comprehensible (by drawing, illustrated stories, pictures, manipulatives, realia, gesturing and even acting out) and adjusts to the learners level (simplifying, repeating, rephrasing, slowing down the speech) with (almost) no grammar explanations, corrections and translation.
- Meaningful communication
A language parent focuses only on meaningful communication working to find common interests, relevant, interesting content and to create positive emotional interaction that makes the learner acquire the language naturally and deeply, eliminating the need for motivation.
What methods are used at the lessons?
Any kind of comprehensible input based methods and techniques may be used at the lessons:
- Drawing, realia, gesturing, manipulatives, illustrations, maps
- Parentese form of speech - simplify, repeat, rephrase, or slow down speech
- Story Listening
- TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling)
- TPR (Total Physical Response)
What do we do at the lessons?
- We speak on any topic that naturally emerges in the conversation. Life, personal stories, movies, music, art, food, society, science – anything that adults usually talk about.
- I speak Russian all the time, drawing, using gestures, illustrations, maps, sharing the screen - anything to make myself understood without translation.
- I speak slowly and clearly, adjusting the vocabulary and sentences structures to your level.
- No English from me. English is limited to about 5% of the time, in case of emergencies or administrative questions.
- No grammar. Very short 5 seconds grammar explanations may pop up quite rarely especially on your demand. If you really love grammar, then I’d recommend having a mass listening experience and having internalized some grammar intuitionally first and then turning to grammar (not learning!) to check yourself or clear something up.
- You can speak English if you are still in the silent period.
- You start speaking little by little giving short answers to simple questions at early production stage extending the answers and your own messages gradually at a natural convenient pace at following stages.
- Delayed reading. I recommend delaying reading at least until the speech emergence stage. Reading is pronouncing written messages. Therefore, it will be far easier to read when you have internalized enough vocabulary, pronunciation and have a stable mental and audial picture of the language.
- I can record the sessions in video and audio format (Zoom is needed). That will double, triple or quadruple your listening experience.
How often should I have lessons?
You have lessons to practice speaking. The more often you speak the faster you progress.
I’d recommend to speak all day long every day. But you may tell me that you don’t have so much time. I’d recommend to have one hour conversation session every day then. You may tell me that you don’t have money to sustain such rhythm.
Just have lessons as often as you possibly can.
- Deep knowledge of Russian for a lifetime
- Stable gradual progress
- Feel-good learning process
I had the chance to have two lessons with Inna. She really knows, what she is doing. And I had a good first view into this not so easy language. I could get so much out in this short time. So when someone could spend more time in Moscow than me, Inna will bring her or him to a high level. I am absolutely sure!
Thanks Inna and DA SWIDANJE!"
Florian Arnold, Switzerland
About the tutor
I'm a certified full-time native Russian tutor.
My professional and personal experience has always been related to interacting with foreigners. I got used to it and it became a meaningful part of my life.
I studied to be a Russian teacher with traditional learning methods. But when I discovered the Comprehensible Input hypothesis by Steven Krashen it felt so right that I applied it in my practice immediately. I could see how well it worked and I rebuilt my program completely to fit the CI-based natural approach.
As I face a great lack of materials with comprehensible input for Russian learners I engaged myself to develop such materials within my capacity and to share them with my students and the Russian teachers community.
Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language Diploma
Moscow State University - Moscow, Russia - 2011 - 2012
Methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language
Russian State System of Testing Russian Language Proficiency Certificate
Moscow State University - Moscow, Russia - 2012 - 2012
Preparation for the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL, TRKI) for citizenship and residence
Timezone & Location
Online lessons. Tutor's time zone: Europe/Moscow GMT +3:00
At tutor's location: Baumanskaya metro station (line 3), two min walking