Annika Valikhovskaya

Annika V.

South Boston, VA
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Lesson Details

Russian

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Russian teacher with 20+ years experience teaching and tutoring Russian. The goal is for students to be able to actively use the language and not be afraid to experiment. The focus is on meaningful conversation and reading authentic texts. Classes are creative, fun and held to 95% in the target language.
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About

Annika delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 15+, males 16+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1989

My first tutoring experience took place in first grade when I was asked to assist a newly arrived Vietnamese girl with her English. I myself had learned English when I first came to the United States at three years of age and could relate well to some of the issues the newcomer was facing.

A true global nomad, I have lived in Germany, the U.S., Mexico and Russia and have traveled extensively. Starting with English and German, and eventually Spanish, French and Russian, I have been instructing students since 1989 in various countries of a variety of ages in a multitude of informal and formal settings.

In 1990, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from George Mason University. In 1995, I completed my Masters Degree in Secondary Education/Teaching English as a Second Language. After one year of working in a public school setting, I began teaching privately and on a freelance basis for a number of private companies and language schools, and the government.

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Experience

Foreign Language Instructor & Translator
Jan 2008 - Present
Private

Customized small group and one-on-one language classes in German and Spanish. Also available: ESL, Russian and French.

German Language & Cultural Instructor
Mar 2012 - Apr 2014
Global Language Translations/State Dept

Intensive German instruction for U.S. Diplomats including lesson planning, assessment and curriculum development.

Translation Manager & Language Instructor
Nov 1993 - Dec 1996
LanguageOne

Managed translation projects and taught language classes in German, Spanish, ESL and Russian. Student assessment and level evaluation. Completed translations. Headed and developed curriculum for the German department.

Education

Masters Secondary Education & Teaching ESL
Jan 1993 - Jun 1996
George Mason University
Translation/Interpreting
Jan 1991 - Jan 1992
Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Mainz, Germany
Russian Area Studies
Aug 1987 - May 1990
George Mason University
French Language
Jul 1981 - Jun 1987
Coppernicus Gymnasium/Albert Schweizer Gymnasium, Germany
Spanish Language
Aug 1977 - Jun 1981
Alexander von Humboldt, Mexico DF

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Russian
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Jun 1996
George Mason University

Teaching Certification for the State of Virginia

Awards

Excellence in Teaching
May 2014
Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State

Affiliations

Golden Key International Honor Society
Jul 1989

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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3 Reviews

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Joseph Jan 17, 2017
German · Online

Annika is a native German who is totally bilingual (English) and can explain complex concepts well in either language. The instruction approach is fast paced but understandable. So far, an excellent experience.

Joseph Jan 17, 2017
German · Online

Annika is a native German who is totally bilingual (English) and can explain complex concepts well in either language. The instruction approach is fast paced but understandable. So far, an excellent experience.

Brenda Jan 8, 2016
German · Online

I'm attempting the impossible - learning a new language! Annika makes the impossible feel possible. She is a really great teacher, has excellent suggestions for how to move forward. I like the text we work from, too. I highly recommend learning a new language from Annika!

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