Individual guidance sessions / consultations on learning method, strategies and tools, tracking progress.
The first meeting usually lasts from 1 to 2 hours (does not influence the price) and is followed by a summarizing email.
9.30-16.00 (Moscow UTC+3) Mon-Fri
5000 RUB / 60 min
4500 RUB / 60 min
Let speaking emerge effortlessly and voluntarily in a real meaningful communication.
9.30, 10.30 (Moscow UTC+3) Mon-Fri
Package of 4 weekly sessions
Schedule your lessons ahead prepaying a package of 4 lessons
1600 RUB / 45 min
Package of 8 weekly sessions
Schedule your lessons ahead prepaying a block of 8 lessons
1500 RUB / 45 min
1000 RUB / 30 min
When is it time to start speaking?
Shortly: when you know how to say something in Russian but can not say it yet.
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 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.
- 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 your message is to complicated to say it in Russian.
- 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.
- You can make video recordings of the lessons (in Zoom).
How often should I have lessons?
Consistency is the most important.
I recommend having lessons weekly: one, two or three times a week.
One lesson a week is enough to sustain slow but sure progress.
Two and three lessons a week provide faster progress.
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 Stephen 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
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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
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