Aksana Pisetskaya

Aksana P.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching Russian language for 19 years.

I offer Russian Language lessons/classes:
Reading,
Writing,
Grammar,
Conversation
Language development,
Pronunciation,
Social Language Use.

My lessons are based on dialogue and discussions. I have found this strategy extremely effective and beneficial in developing strong instructor-to-students relationships.

I think it is very important to study the Russian language in close connection with Russian culture. I try to choose topics that interest the students, help them feel comfortable and lower their anxiety about making mistakes.

About Aksana P.

PhD. in Russian Language and Literature, Immanuel Kant State University of Russia (Kaliningrad State University), Russia, 2002 Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Russian and Belarusian Languages and Literature (Diploma with honors), Belarusian State University, Belarus, 1995.

I am a native Russian tutor. Now I live in NYC and teach Russian as a foreign language in CUNY.

    I teach the Russian language from the very beginning - elementary, basic level - to higher levels.
  The most important goal of my classes is that you enjoy our meetings by keeping interest and feeling the progress.
  Individual approach to each student is the key point to success. We study the vocabulary, grammar, and situations related to the student's current activities. As a result all my students successfully use the learned skills for their professional or private life.
  During my lessons, I'm trying to reach the best balance between speaking, listening, grammar, conversation and other aspects of the language.
  I can help you understand the system of the Russian language, so that you were not limited by phrases that you learn during the lesson, but could make your own sentences, paragraphs, express your thoughts in different ways.
  We will pay enough attention to grammar, pronunciation, reading and speaking.
  I will explain to you the way Russians talk in their everyday life because some Russian foundations and manners differ from American ones.
  As your personal instructor, I'm going to give you honest feedback on your strengths and weaknesses and design a curriculum that fits your needs.
  I'll be happy to help you learn the Russian language. Feel free to contact me and ask any questions.
  Thank you for your interest - I look forward to seeing you in my classes!

Policy: All changes in the schedule (except emergencies) should be made 24 hours before the lesson, otherwise the lesson will be marked as missed.

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Steven
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First impression was wonderful - very knowledgeable and pleasant - I am glad I picked her 😊

Posted Apr 12, 2020
Dina T.
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The lesson with Aksana was just great! She has a very clear pronounciation and explains problems very efficiently. I'm looking forward to my next lesson with her.
Dina

Posted Mar 4, 2020
Susana
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Aksana is amazing! She is super patient and knowledgeable and she has taught me so much in so little time. I’m impressed with how much I have learned in only 5 classes. I will continue classes with her so I can become fluent in Russian.

Posted Feb 11, 2020
Ethan B.
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Great lesson planning and great teacher !

Posted Feb 5, 2020
Lara
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Aksana is a fantastic teacher. My son enjoyed his lessons immensely and his Russian language skills improved dramatically. I was so impressed with his progress I decided to take some lessons myself! Thank you Aksana, I recommend you with the highest regards!

Posted Feb 1, 2020
Korneliya B.
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Posted Jan 23, 2020
Lidia
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Aksana is a wonderful teacher of Russian language; personalized materials and techniques, very attentive to the needs of a student; very flexible with scheduling a lesson.

My elementary school child is always excited to meet with Aksana and do homework for upcoming lesson. Highly recommended!

Posted Jan 18, 2020
Michelle S.
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Posted Jan 13, 2020
Hannah Pomfret
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Aksana is a great teacher. I am learning Russian to connect better with my future in-laws and they are so impressed by how much I have learned in such a short time! She is very patient but also challenges me to grow. Highly recommend!

Posted Dec 16, 2019
Dina
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If you want a teacher who is:
- competent, patient (yet not lenient), who corrects you without making you feel insecure, will great a personalized curriculum, and where you will notice steady progress, I strongly recommend Aksana.

I speak 5 languages. And I think she really has the best approach to teaching Russian.
Another thing I really love about Aksana is that she has a real life teacher training as well as a degree She will ne able to relate what you talk about to littérature and culture in a very knowledgeable way. Which, I find very important on the end of any language teacher if they want their students to be completely fluent.

6 lessons in I have noticed a difference. And our classes are getting even more tailored as she starts to notice what I can do naturally/easily - and what I struggle with.

Posted Dec 13, 2019
L.J.

Each lesson is more and more helpful as expected!

Posted Dec 3, 2019
L.J.
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Very great! Assuring and gives you amazing resources. Can't wait for my second lesson!

Posted Nov 19, 2019
edward
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Aksana is a very caring and patient teacher. I have a very busy schedule during week ,but she knows how to get the most out of me so I learn a lot during each lesson. I look forward to our lesson each week.

Posted Nov 9, 2019
Edward kahn
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she makes me feel at ease and pushes me to learn

Posted Nov 4, 2019
Samuel
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Thanks for the awesome vocab practice and homework, I look forward to next Wednesday :)

Posted Oct 23, 2019
Kenneth

Aksana made me feel at ease - gently guiding me through the material and kindly offering corrections when needed, helping you to feel comfortable taking risks which is necessary when learning something new. The worksheets Askana provided are helpful and she told me about a number of other good resources to use for practice between lessons. Seems like we are off to a good start!

Posted Oct 17, 2019
Christopher
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Aksana is a terrific instructor! After only a few lessons, I can already see a huge improvement in my speaking and listening comprehension skills. She can quickly gauge the level of each student and subsequently tailor her lessons to the student's level and goals. I believe that Aksana is one of the best Russian instructors that I have had since studying Russian in college over 30 years ago and I would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn Russian for the first time or to improve their skills if they have studied Russian previously.

Posted Oct 3, 2019
Crystal
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Aksana is such an amazing instructor. She is patient and more than willing to work with your crazy work/life schedule. She customizes each lesson plan and you set the pace.

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Terra O.
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I’ve been learning Russian with Aksana for almost a year now, and she has really helped me out with my Russian. Aksana is a great teacher, and she provides good resources to study from, like videos, songs, and short stories, and it’s all really helped me build my Russian skills. I feel more confident in my speaking then I ever have. She is reliable and good at answering questions, and she really works with you to help understand grammar, or pronunciation. I have had such a great experience with Aksana, and if you need a Russian tutor, she is the one!

Posted Sep 27, 2019
Grace
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Aksana is exactly what I hoped for in a Russian instructor. She has helped me fine tune my Russian skills and understand and practice difficult grammatical concepts that have gone by the wayside since studying Russian in college (3 years ago), and improve my conversational fluency. The lessons are always challenging and fun! She customizes the lesson to my interests and is always prepared, patient, and kind. Not only did Aksana come to the lessons with native fluency, a linguistics degree, and many many years of experience teaching Russian to English speakers -- she has supplied a fantastic textbook, and the links to hundreds of online Russian-learning resources to supplement my learning. I highly recommend Aksana as a teacher - she will meet you wherever your language skills and needs are!

Posted Sep 20, 2019
Ali V.
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Posted Jun 13, 2019
Crystal
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Aksana is the Best! She is the most patient teacher I have worked with. I feel very lucky to work with her not only because she has such a vast knowledge of Russian language/culture/history, but she knows and can utilize many teaching techniques. Want to learn or brush up on your Russian? Pick Aksana.

Posted Mar 23, 2019
Grace
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I was a Russian minor in college, and Aksana is still one of the best Russian instructors I have ever had. I have learned and improved so much in just the few short months I have taken her lessons. She is funny, kinda, and keeps me accountable. Highly recommend!

Posted Mar 20, 2019
Raghav H.
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I have been learning Russian from Prof. Aksana for the last 6 months or so. Aksana is a truly gifted teacher and has absolute mastery over the language. She really tailors the lectures around your need as a student. She is super rigorous in her teaching methods and is really focused on letting you - the student - grow into the language. She constantly reinforces various concepts with historically accurate stories behind the words, events that triggered changes to the language etc. This truly adds another dimension to her teaching. She is super invested in her students and really strives to make sure that you understood the various nuances in Russian grammar.

I'm truly lucky to have found such a great teacher to serve as my guide in my exploration of the Russian language.

Posted Feb 2, 2019
Neil
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Aksana is a wonderful Russian teacher! She is very knowledgeable not only in the spoken language but also in etymology, culture, and linguistics. She works with the pace of the student and is always flexible. Lessons with her are fun and informative! I can now read, write, understand and speak conversational Russian.

Posted Dec 10, 2018
William
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Aksana takes timeto explain and very patient with me to perfect pronunciation.

Posted Oct 27, 2018
Luke
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Posted Oct 14, 2018
Naomi
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Aksana is an awesome professor! From the comfort of my home, I meet with Aksana weekly for my Russian lesson over video chat. Each lesson is structured, as we have the Russian book of lessons that we go through to review grammar rules and new vocab lists. In addition, each lesson consists of a lot of free form dialogue back and forth, completely in Russian! Aksana is very patient, repeating words many times so you can ensure you are having a natural pronunciation! She also sends audio clips so that I can listen to the vocab from a native speaker accent as well. Aksana always has interesting facts to understand why and how the language came to be as it is. Overall, the class is extremely informative but also fun and we get to practice actual conversation!

Posted Sep 5, 2018
Jennifer
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Oksana is outstanding! She is so warm, her Russian is so beautiful and understandable. In the midst of great conversation, she will correct in a way that makes total sense. I am so looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Jul 26, 2018
William
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Again Aksana explains ands teaches with great patience of my slow learning of Russian

Posted Jul 13, 2018
William
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The course just keeps geeting better
Dr Oksana is very patient with me and i thank her

Posted Jul 10, 2018
William
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very good instructor; in one lesson i learnt a lot in one hour; looking forward to next lesson with Aksana thank you

Posted Jun 29, 2018
William
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Posted Jun 26, 2018
Taylor
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Aksana is great! She moves at the right pace and makes sure that I understand the content before moving on. She keeps the material engaging and the lessons are very enjoyable. I am very impressed by her knowledge of the history and origins of the language as well as teaching methodologies to help students understand more quickly - she is truly a gifted, professional teacher of the language. I will continue to take lessons with Aksana in my path to fluency, and I would highly recommend taking classes with Aksana!

Posted Jun 4, 2018
Gazi
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She establishes a platform of ease initially to make students comfortable to learn the language and always uses a practical situation of daily livelihood to express in that language. Rather than dominating the stance she conveniently allows her students to express themselves with affirmation and confidence. When struggling she is never frustrated and does not hesitate to go through what has been taught prior as basic steps to affluence in the learning process. Avoiding confusion and uncertainty is the key to learning a language and she is well crafted in avoiding these obstacles. Personally I feel greatly fortunate and studying under her has me assured that someday I will definitely be as fluent as a native speaker.

Posted Jan 25, 2018
Robin Davis
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It is realky fun and am learning a lot

Posted Dec 11, 2017
Robin Davis
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Extremely good lesson

Posted Nov 21, 2017
Madison
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Aksana is an amazing teacher. She is very patient with me when I do not understand something but she will work with me until I am able to grasp the concept. I am currently taking Russian classes at a University but Aksana has been the most valuable asset when it comes to being able to learn the language properly. She is able to clearly explain the rules of the language and it is obvious she is very knowledgeable pertaining to all subjects in Russian. Without Aksana I would not feel as comfortable with my ability to learn the language. Our weekly meetings have helped me to not only speak but understand the language and culture more. I have been with her for about 4 months but look forward to continuing my lessons throughout my college career! She not only helps me during our lessons but also provides me with many other resources to continue my studies. I am very thankful for all Aksana has done and continues to do for me! By far the best Russian teacher I have had.

Posted Oct 24, 2017
Christopher
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Aksana is a wonderful instructor. She has true teaching credentials and is an expert linguist. Aksana is always on time, prepared, and has great language learning resources on hand. I have been getting instruction from Aksana for several months and have made significant improvements in my grammar and speaking abilities.

Posted Oct 15, 2017
Alex Z.
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I just finished my first lesson, and I was very impressed. Aksana had me speaking Russian words within the first few minutes, and I'm looking forward to future lessons with her.

Posted Oct 7, 2017
Joseph F.
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enjoyed meeting Aksana and she seems to be an easy instructor, I am hoping I can learn from her quickly

Posted May 16, 2017
Dominique L.
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Aksana is a fabulous teacher! Extremely knowledgeable and resourceful. I am making great progress thanks to Aksana's explanations and materials that we review together. I enjoy my weekly lessons which I always find relaxing and interesting after a long day at work. I highly recommend Aksana as a Russian teacher.

Posted Apr 26, 2017
Nicole
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Excellent! Very positive and enthusiastic to help her student learn but learn correctly and she makes it fun!

Posted Oct 8, 2016
Laina
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Aksana, is flexible with me and my crazy schedule. She's really helping with the Russian language!

Posted Mar 16, 2016
Kathy
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Aksana is an excellent teacher. Her knowledge of the Russian language and culture are very strong. She can answer any question about language. Her lessons are very helpful for me.

Posted Aug 10, 2015
Trinity D.
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Mrs. Aksana is a wonderful instructor! I would gladly recommend her to anyone wanting to enhance their Russian knowledge. She is very interactive and really gives you a complete understanding of the language. I have been meeting with Aksana for a few months now and I started off at the beginner level. I can really see an improvement in my understanding of Russian at this point in my studies. If you are looking to be fluent in the Russian language, Aksana would be a great instructor for you!

Posted Aug 8, 2015
Marilyn G.
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I love my Russian lessons with Aksana. I think that Aksana is an excellent teacher and I would highly recommend her to someone trying to learn a new language.

Posted Feb 25, 2015
Amy S.
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*Amendment to my original - meant to have 5 stars! :)
I have had a wonderful experience working with Aksana to learn Russian and highly recommend her as a tutor. We have been working together for the last 5 weeks and I can really see the progress. I look forward to working with her in the coming months!

Posted Feb 24, 2015
Amy S.
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I have had a wonderful experience working with Aksana to learn Russian and highly recommend her as a tutor. We have been working together for the last 5 weeks and I can really see the progress. I look forward to working with her in the coming months!

Posted Feb 20, 2015

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Experience

Adjunct Lecturer
Aug 2015 - Present

CUNY

Currently I teach course Elementary Russian at Hunter College.

Assistant Professor
Sep 2003 - Dec 2012

Minsk State Linguistic University, Belarus

I designed and taught two graduate courses: Russian as a foreign language - oral and written speech practice, Russian Speech Etiquette. I initiated, designed and introduced new courses in response to specific demands of the marketplace (e.g. a course on Strategies of communicative behavior in Russian, etc.) Tutored and assisted students individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts

Education

Ph.D. in Russian Language and Literature
Nov 1999 - Oct 2002

Immanuel Kant State University of Russia (Kaliningrad State University), Russia

Master’s Degree in Russian and Belarusian Languages and Literature
Aug 1990 - Jul 1995

Belarusian State University

Languages

Belarusian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Professional Proficiency

Polish

Limited Proficiency

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Serbian-Croatian

Professional Proficiency

Ukrainian

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate
Jun 2017

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

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