Roman Nam
San Diego, CA
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Roman N.

San Diego, CA
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*****Before you sign up*****

There are three simple things you need to know about my tutoring program.
1. As soon as I have YOUR ATTENTION your progress is guaranteed.
2. Learning a new language has been a LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE for many and I will do my best for creating this kind of experience for you!
3. THE RATE you purchase classes with me today will always stay the same!

About Roman N.

*****Your progress begins as you are reading this intro*****

There are three simple things you need to know about my tutoring program: 

1 Making the right choice requires two things. First, collect the info:  Watch my videos, read my profile and my reviews.  I provide a well structured curriculum,    various sets of input and comprehensible grammar sheets which are all included.  Second, try a few classes and see if you get the feeling "I like this guy and I trust he can help" because YES: chemistry is important since it creates a special bond that will help us achieve our goals.
2 Always record your sessions so you can stay focused during your interaction with the teacher because that’s when the real learning is happening. After you can watch it and take notes. This approach has proved itself as the most efficient way to improve retention. All those tons of material will be well organized in your notebook and in your head. It’s like you are creating your own textbook which is an additional but very valuable bonus to the investment you are making.
3 One of the ways I prove my loyalty to my students is to always keep the same rate no matter how long it will take you to get to the level you desire.

The reason why my students succeed is because they enjoy the process. When you have the trust, right program and chemistry: And when all three come together, the sky's the limit.

*****My Students*****

For over 9 years of professional experience as Russian/French/ESL teacher, I have worked with all types of students with different learning styles and various goals: taught within U.S. public education institutions and private language schools, provided private classes for children and adults, developed and implemented individualized syllabus for diplomats, high rank executives at multinational companies, employees of U.S. Embassy and Department of State. Was in charge of preparation of military personnel at Defense Language Institute for their DLPT (Defense Language Proficiency Test) and achieved an extremely positive outcome based on the score and the feedback.

There is one fundamental element that unites all my students: THEY ALL WANT TO TRANSFORM THEIR POTENTIAL INTO USEABLE SKILLS.

*****Program features*****

- Each cours contains 6 - 10 modules (depending on the language and your initial level)
All materials (lectures, videos, audios, texts, worksheets, etc) are created and edited by a group of talented language teachers and linguists. including yours truly. They are 100% FREE!
Every element of the program can be effectively modified and adjusted individually or in other words: you will always understand what you are taught.

- Extra curricula content: idiomatic language components, cultural studies (traditions, history, literature, cinema and language related etymology), recommendations for independent language practice.

- Each session is 50 minutes.

- Teacher's support 24/7.


More recommendations can be provided upon request.


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74 Reviews
Gina V.
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Awesome… Roman had a good method, I will continue with him

Posted Sep 7, 2021
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Yeah, there are still a lot to learn and a lot of questions to ask, apparently, because it has only been my 4th class with him as of now. Well, we'll get there.

Posted Dec 10, 2020
Jes D.
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Sa technique est la meilleure !

Posted Oct 18, 2020
Stephanie C.
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I feel more comfortable looking and learning Russian. also looking at the Cyrillic writing.

Posted May 11, 2020
May D.
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He is great!!! Very clear instruction!

Posted Apr 7, 2020
Alex B.
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i would have never thought that i would ever be able to learn a language until i had first class with Roman! it has been a great experience, i have learned so much since i started! i was completely new to Russian which was scary in itself but i have gain so much confidence working with him! every class is very productive and fun. i cant wait to see what the future holds working with him. highly recommended!

Posted Apr 5, 2020
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Very organized, clear and structured classes and he breaks them down to explain the way it make sense. Super patient, professional and FUN. I took 4 lessons so far and it's amazing to see that you can builds upon what you learned in previous lessons and he really make you think. TAKE HIS CLASSES! There is a reason why all his reviews are great because he knows what he's doing. I'm glad I chose him and am confident that I will be speaking French very soon!!!

Posted Mar 2, 2020
Fiorella S.
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Very thorough and patient in helping my 10 yr old daughter with new language.

Thank you!

Posted Jun 30, 2019
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Roman helped me understand the grammar better by using repetition and real life applications of when to say what. The material is given to you by Roman in great detail with his modules and it also helped me expand my vocabulary a substantial amount thanks to his methods. He helped me understand Russian better. Definitely recommend !!!

Posted Jun 19, 2019
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I have been studied with Roman for years. He is caring, attentive and very passionate about teaching and sharing what he know. He is the best teacher ever!

Posted Jun 18, 2019
Lacy D.
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I see why so many people have left such great reviews! Love Roman’s teaching style. I felt like everything was easy to digest and he really helped me understand the rules and grammar of French.

Posted Feb 11, 2019
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Outstanding teaching abilities. Very organized and precise! Exactly what I was looking for in a teacher!

Posted Nov 9, 2018
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Roman was very patient. Having never spoken another language before, it felt very foreign - pun intended. He was very innovative in thinking of ways to help me remember things.

Posted Aug 16, 2018
Jordon B.
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Amazing!!! Thanks Roman. I look forward to my future in the Russian language

Posted Aug 15, 2018
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Roman’s a fantastic teacher. He really helps you master the intracacies of a language in a way that can be practically applied. Definitely deserves five stars!

Posted Aug 14, 2018
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Just completed my first class with Roman and it went very well. He is very nice and slows down to cover areas that I need to spend more time on.

Posted Jun 21, 2018
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This was the first time I have attended a lesson for many years. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Roman was very clear and patient. I highly recommend anyone who wants to learn Russian or any other language that Roman teachers to give it a go with him. Really looking forward to my next lesson, he is a very dedicated individual and full of positive energy!!!! Spasibo Roma!!!

Posted Apr 26, 2018
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He is a very good instructor, he explains the ideas in easiest ways and with a lot of valuable information. highly recommended.

Posted Feb 18, 2018
Delia S.
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In first session quickly identified areas of improvement. The ball is on my court to complete my homework and get ready to make the most of my time in our next session. He is fast paced when he sees you have command, yet slows down when needed.

Posted Jan 16, 2018
Phillip S.
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Very helpful for conversational Russian, so far he has promoted strong application of Russian for conversation and has helped me begin to apply and reinforce new words and phrases.

Posted Dec 21, 2017
Thomas T.
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Roman seems to be an incredibly experienced instructor who was able to meet me exactly where I was in linguistic skill and start teaching me from there. If you are looking for a quality Russian instructor, you found him.

Posted Dec 14, 2017
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7 lessons in, I am more than happy with my progress in learning Russian. Roman's learning curriculum is highly effective, organized, and noticeably in-depth. It provides all the expected positives of learning from a tutor and more. Roman himself is a pleasure to learn from. Both his lessons and his disposition reflect his extensive teaching experience. I certainly recommend him to anyone.

Posted Oct 23, 2017
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Roman is a wonderful teacher. Can't say enough about what a great teacher Roman is—not only when it comes to French learning but also learning in general. He embodies a perfect balance of being observant, always noticing where your weaknesses are and being encouraging, always making you feel like you can do it. He's patient yet always pushes you to do better. Not everyone who knows French is a good French teacher. You need to know how to teach. And Roman knows how to teach. This sets him apart from all the French tutors I've had in the past. I feel much more confident and, for the first time, I come to believe if I put in the work, I can really speak French.

Posted Oct 18, 2017
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Roman is a very dedicated teacher who works hard to help people focus on their goals and improve their language skills.

Posted Oct 17, 2017
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Roman's approach in teaching makes it very easy to grasp quickly. I am absolutely happy with the course structure, methods and practices!

Posted Oct 17, 2017
Mar D.
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So much fun! Loved learning with Roman! Look forward to more lessons.

Posted Oct 17, 2017
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Really helpful on my very first lesson!

Posted Aug 27, 2017
James W.
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Excellent! My student said "mom, when is next lesson?" .
LOVE the approach, great instructor.
Very happy!
Will continue with lessons.
Thank you! Roman!

Posted Aug 22, 2017
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I enjoyed my lesson and look forward to the next ones. Roman located were I was at in my Russian language by asking question. Then used that knowledge as the bases and went from there. Roman used shared video so I could see what notes he was typing then emailed those notes to me in addition to other resources. His explanations were simple, cut and dry. Challenging but not overwhelming!

Posted Mar 27, 2017
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Just had my first lesson and it was fantastic. Roman is great at adjusting his pace to accommodate your strengths and weaknesses. Looking forward to next week!

Posted Mar 2, 2017
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Roman is patient, focused and congenial. It's easy to learn quickly with persistent study, and he motivates and pushes his students to do their best, making good use of the lesson time. Definitely recommend!

Posted Feb 15, 2017
Quynh L.
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He is really cool teacher. Get to know the students and where they are then plan the lesson for them. Highly recommend him.

Posted Feb 14, 2017
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I have been working with Roman for 6 months now. He is totally professional, so well organized and prepared for every lesson. I had taken French courses at the French Institute in Toronto and the quality I am getting from these online classes is way better, I am advancing way faster.
Of course learning any new language requires work outside of the lessons, Roman ensures enough material is given to study between my weekly lessons.
Highly recommend to anyone who is looking for dedicated instructor and expecting great results.

Posted Jan 31, 2017
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Posted Jan 8, 2017
Kimberly W.
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Very thorough

Posted Dec 5, 2016
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Roman is fantastic to work with-- he "hacks" grammar rules, he presents the information in a challanging, yet fun way. He's always punctual and is flexible with diverse schedules. If you're considering learning a new language, Roman is well worth the investment.

Posted Nov 26, 2016
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Roman is a great instructor all around. I appreciate his diverse teaching methods including instructor-student conversation, flashcards, audio and video of basic conversations, karaoke to Russian songs, and more. I also benefited from his ability to simplify (what is to me as a native English speaker) unusual grammatical functions found in Russian through the use of tables and charts.

Posted Nov 23, 2016
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He is the best. Information is presented in a very organized format

Posted Oct 2, 2016
Courtney C.
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I love the way Roman structures his lessons and breaks down the material. Each lesson builds upon the information learned from the prior lesson.

Posted Sep 18, 2016
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After one lesson I am already feeling more confident and experienced in my French!

Posted Sep 13, 2016
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Great instructor, gives useful homework, very easy going and keeps the learning experience relaxed.

Posted Sep 8, 2016
Malcolm D.
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I am extremely glad that I signed up for online lessons with Roman. After studying 5 sessions with Roman, I feel confident that I am on my way to learning French. I can speak a little French and also form basic sentences with the correct grammar. The pace of the class is also good. Learning a language as an adult has its own challenges. Roman is patient and as an excellent instructor does not make you feel uncomfortable during the learning process. If you have doubts whether you can learn French online with Roman , I hope this review helps you in making a better decision.

Posted Aug 23, 2016
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Roman is great!

Posted Aug 21, 2016
Elena V.
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It was Great!

Posted Aug 18, 2016
Hector S.
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Hi is very good teacher!! My son is happy and learning fast.

Posted Aug 14, 2016
Stan N.
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Excellent attention to details and clarity

Posted Aug 9, 2016
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I have taken six lessons with Roman thus far and have been impressed by his conversational approach, his diagnosis of my strengths and weaknesses, and the quality of his prepared materials. I was looking for help in reinvigorating my study of a language in which I hadn't taken courses in years, and I've found it. Roman is strongly recommended.

Posted Jul 12, 2016
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Roman is incredibly well organized, thorough in his explanations, and his instruction seems very targeted toward my goal. Highly recommend!

Posted Jul 2, 2016
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A great teacher!!

Posted Jun 17, 2016
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Roman teaches my wife and two daughters (10 and 12 y.o.) ESL. I'm very delighted to see how enthusiastic are they about lessons and (even more surprising) the homework. For each of them Roman finds themes interesting to talk about and write about. Grammar and other boring stuff are taken needed care of, but main emphasis of lessons are on free talk.

Posted May 26, 2016
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i like this instructors style because he challenges you. It often feels like immersion in the language which in my experience, though tough, is the fastest most natural way to learn and pick up a new lanaguage.

Posted May 24, 2016
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Roman is the best French teacher that I have ever had. I have taken numerous French classes over the years and I also took a 2 week French immersion class in Provence last summer. He makes learning French fun and he provides great tips on how to keep improving.

Posted May 23, 2016
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Roman is diligent, thorough and patient. Most importantly he is adaptable to your level of ability. I would recommend him highly.

Posted May 23, 2016
Loriann C.
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Roman is a wonderful French teacher. I am an absolute beginner with minimal understanding of the French language. During each lesson, Roman is quickly able to identify my weaknesses and hone in on how to improve them. He also follows up with homework and materials after each class that is customized to my level. In just 7 or 8 hours of lessons, I feel comfortable putting basic sentences together and have grown immensely in understanding others speak Francaise. Thank you Roman!

Posted Apr 25, 2016
Annie S.
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Very patient and works at whatever pace you're learning

Posted Apr 3, 2016
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There three major reasons why I am so happy with the classes:
1. Every session Roman manages to make me work really hard without any stress or pressure.
2. I only pay for classes but get much more: class supporting materials, various activities that are always very fun, homework, work sheets, grammar presentation etc.
3. I spent four years in school leaning French but could never speak it. After my third class with Roman I was already interacting with him using the language!

Posted Mar 31, 2016
Rhonda R.
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It was good. Looking forward to learning more.

Posted Mar 10, 2016
Devon D.
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Great experience. Great value. Flexible schedule. Patient and adjustable to learning levels.

Posted Feb 8, 2016
yacine A.
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I enjoyed the lesson ;)

Posted Jan 6, 2016
Hoang N.
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Just had my first lesson with Roman today and I greatly enjoyed it. Roman has a great way to teach a new language by breaking it down and making it very approachable. Looking forward to having more lessons with him.

Posted Nov 23, 2015
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Awesome!! time passed by flying, Roman's method of teaching is great, he went right where I was and started from there. Makes learning easy

Posted Nov 10, 2015
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Roman was amazing. He worked with my 6 year old daughter and made the lesson fun. He's patient and kind. He's also very responsible and conscientious.

Posted Oct 5, 2015
Stephen Melnick
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Great learning experience. Roman knows what you need as a student and adapts to your needs. I have learned much more than I ever thought in such a short period of time.

Posted Jul 21, 2015
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Roman is an extraordinary teacher. I was already bilingual and was therefore surprised and delighted to find that Roman was fluent—or very close to it—in several difficult languages. His near native grasp of English allowed Roman to guide me easily through the difficult early days of my instruction in Russian. Then, once I was comfortable with the basics, Roman’s method of teaching expanded to reveal qualities that are often lacking in language instruction. He was enterprising in the design of his lessons, patient when I stumbled and innovative when particular strategies did not work. Best of all, Roman went above and beyond my expectations by spending a tremendous amount of time tailoring the course of study to my particular learning habits. Roman is quite simply the best language teacher I have ever had.

Posted Jul 13, 2015
Kathleen Peiffer
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Roman is a great teacher and continues to help me advance in my French learning. He designed my lessons to suit my goals and always has a plan for each lesson. I feel comfortable speaking in French with him even though in the beginning I was scared to make mistakes. Roman is patient and kind and helps me work through my challenges. I finish each lesson with a sense of accomplishment. Merci, Roman!

Posted Jun 20, 2015
Joseph L.
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Roman tutored me in French twice a week for several months. He was teaching me the fundamentals of the language in preparation for a planned three week trip to France. I had studied French many years ago in high school so I was essentially a beginner.
Roman came to my home for two hour lessons. He was never late. He was patient and kind but persistent in pushing me to do the best I could. He always had a lesson outline with lots of excellent study material to leave with me after each lesson.
At one point he had to go back to his home for family matters. During that time he stayed in contact and send lessons via the Internet. The lessons always included homework assignments which he would correct and send back to me, there was no charge to me for these efforts. He's a fair and honest man as well as an excellent teacher.
My trip to France was a richer and more rewarding experience as a result of his efforts. In addition to the language instruction he gave me a good deal of information about regions to visit, places to see, and restaurants use.
I have no reservation in recommending Roman as a teacher as well as a fine human being to be associated with.

Posted Jun 5, 2015
Dre-Anna A.
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He is a great teacher! He makes learning French fun and not so scary!!

Posted May 22, 2015
Kathleen Peiffer
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A great start! Roman is very kind and provides instruction and feedback in a very un intimidating manner. Looking forward to continued lessons...

Posted May 10, 2015
Alexander S.
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I was taking French lessons from Roman a few months ago.
Normally I am not good with foreign languages but he has his own method that definitely proved it' efficiency. On my last trip to South of France I was surprised how comfortably I felt communicating to the locals. Highly recommended to everyone.
Roman est absolument un professor excellant!!!

Posted Apr 15, 2015
Sergey K.
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When I moved from Russia to US in 2011, my English was at beginner’s level and I desperately needed to start speaking this language as soon as possible: especially for my job but also for my every day life.
I tried to take some ESL classes at local colleges and also study with a tutor but it did not work very well. Instead I became more afraid of making mistakes or saying something not correctly. I was frustrated and started to think that I am just not made for learning new languages.
I heard about Roman from my colleague who did intensive French language program designed and taught by mr. Nam. So he told me that Roman also teaches ESL. I decided to give it a try.
After three months of classes with Roman my English improved so much! From the beginning of classes I started to feel so motivated and everything was explained in really simple way. I don’t really understand how Roman was doing this but every class and even every homework was so interesting and so fun to do. I loved to hear myself speak English better and better. I started to use my english in any situation and I felt so confident.
Now, after four years living in US my English is much better but i know that the most important step in my progress was the program I did with Roman and I am very thankful for all his help.

Posted Mar 31, 2015
Jim H.
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I have had the opportunity to study both Russian and French with Roman, and found his grasp of the material and his teaching style to both be excellent. I recommend Roman very highly!

Posted Mar 26, 2015
Stephen L.
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My daughter, my wife and I had planned to travel to France for a very long time but none of us could speak French. Last summer we finally visited this beautiful country and I can not imagine our first French experience as perfect as it was without Roman’s help! Merci beaucoup!

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Russian Instructor
Jun 2021 - Present

Defense Language Institute of Monterey

- Part time engagement as individual contractor for DLPT (Defense Language Proficiency Test) program taught to military personnel at the Defense Language Institute of Monterey. - Goal is to help students enhance their listening and reading comprehension in order to successfully pass the test. The curriculum is prepared from the scratch depending on the number of students, their dynamic as a group, individual traits of each student and a time frame given to accomplish the mission. - Key numbers: 95% of students pass the test; 60% of students surpass the passing benchmark; 100% of students leave an extremely positive feedback.

French/Russian/ESL teacher
Nov 2012 - Present

Private Corporation

Preparation of effective language programs: Modeling efficient structures to provide comprehensible input and set of instructional techniques to support internalization of foreign language; Selection and formation of curriculum content based on thorough study of student’s interests, objectives and learning preferences in order to maximize motivational and engagement level; Specialized in government test preparation (FSI, ILR, DLPT) and designing private courses for high rank executives. • Selected to create and implement individualized syllabus for Commercial Counselor at US Embassy, preparing for his assignment in Moscow, with a goal to progress from beginner to functional (Basic +), which was largely overpassed, according to the final test results, demonstrating that the student achieved intermediate level of proficiency. • Developed short term intensive courses focused on test taking strategies and test content for employees of Department of State. For all students, the expected test results were achieved or overpassed. • Elaborated flexible and efficient syllabus for Berlitz clients who are unable to follow classes at school locations and accordingly to regular schedule. Majority of these students showed high level of satisfaction with the classes by consequent reenrollment.

French/ESL teacher
Mar 2010 - Present

Self - employed. Private lessons.

- Provided tutoring in conversational French, Russian and ESL, academic assistance and professional tutoring for young people and adults. - Developing educational cartoon videos on YOUTUBE to enrich and enhance my Russian program. - Developing an educational Website for creating a virtual space where all students who study Russian can exercise for free. Currently available only for my private students but at the end of 2020 will be accessible to anyone. - Creating a "quick grammar" tables in form of 1-2 pages booklets for Russian language.

French language teacher
Nov 2010 - Apr 2011

Hudson Bergen College of Technology

Mission, exercised during attendance of the program “school for teachers” organized by Hudson County Schools of Technology for enhancing teaching skills in the field of inclusive education, which involved elaborating and implementing a wide range of curriculum, using innovative and creative thinking in order to provide a comfortable studying atmosphere where pedagogical goals can meet individual needs of each learner.


International Commerce
Sep 2000 - Aug 2004

The institute of International Studies. Academy of Paris.



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NLSC membership
Apr 2018

National Language Service Corps

The NLSC is a federal program within the Department of Defense, falling under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and the Defense Language National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). The NLSC serves federal agencies through formal partnership agreements.
MTEL French
Oct 2014

Massachusetts test for teachers

Test for obtaining licensure for teaching in public schools in Massachusetts.

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