Seva Rzhondkovsky

Seva R.

Seattle, WA

Lesson Details

Spanish

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I'm a professor of Spanish at Seattle University and North Seattle College. I've been teaching Spanish for over 20 years. My approach to teaching is to be patient, compassionate, and encouraging. I believe language learning should be enjoyable, not a chore. My students tell me they look forward to their lessons. I tailor my lessons to your needs, whether it is grammar, pronunciation, or vocabulary. We will use videos, songs, online exercises, and articles to improve your skills. More advanced students may choose to use films and books. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Seva delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
1995

I'm a professor of Spanish at Seattle University and North Seattle College. Languages are my hobby, passion, and profession--I speak seven languages. This often makes it easier for me to cater to my students because I understand the challenges of learning a language!

In 1990, at the age of 23, I moved to California and my Spanish obsession began. By the time I took my first course in Spanish I was nearly fluent — I ended up tutoring my classmates. I took various Spanish language and literature courses at Diablo Valley College (1991-1993) and the University of California, Berkeley (1993-1994). In 1994, I travelled to Mexico as a student and ended up working at the UC Berkeley exchange center, Centro de enseñanza para extranjeros at the Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). In 1995, I taught Spanish at a language school Instituto Angloamericano. In 2002, I began my MA in Hispanic Studies (Language and Literature) and teaching courses at the University of Washington. Upon completion, I started teaching Spanish at North Seattle College in 2005. At North Seattle College, I have taught regular academic, hybrid online and continuing education classes. Since 2016, I've been teaching Spanish courses at Seattle University. I've lived in Mexico and traveled extensively through Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Spain.

Here is a brief testimonial from one of my many students: "This class was amazing. Easily the best class I have ever had. Seva incorporated humor, visual illustrations and personal touches to his class, which allowed me to learn Spanish on a whole new level. I cannot tell you how nervous I was to take Spanish, as it was the only class I have ever failed in high school. Spanish is now my favorite class."

My latest passion is traveling the Camino de Santiago in Spain—I've made the trek twice and anticipate doing it again.

Whether learning Spanish is an academic requirement or your bucket project, I will make this process more enjoyable and productive. I look forward to helping you.

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Experience

Professor, Department of Modern Languages
Jan 2016 - Present
Seattle University

Spanish Language 1, 2, 3

Professor, Continuing Education, North Seattle Community College
Sep 2009 - Present
Continuing Education, North Seattle Community College

Spanish Language 1, 2, 3
Italian Language 1, 2, 3
Russian 1
Portuguese Language for Travelers

Professor, Department of World Languages, North Seattle Community College
Sep 2005 - Present
Department of World Languages, North Seattle Community College

Spanish Language 1, 2, 3
Italian Language 1, 2, 3 (Developed Italian Program in 2008)
English as a Second Language
Russian Language 1, 2, 3

Instructor and Private Tutor, Seattle Language Academy
Jan 2004 - Dec 2010
Seattle Language Academy

Spanish Language
Russian Language

Instructor and Private Tutor, Washington Language Academy
Jan 2005 - Dec 2009
Washington Language Academy

Spanish Language

Instructor, Highline Community College, 2005
Sep 2005 - Dec 2005
Highline Community College

Spanish Language 102

Instructor, University of Washington
Sep 2002 - Jun 2004
University of Washington

Spanish Language 101, 102 and 103

Instructor, Instituto Anglo-Americano de México
Sep 1995 - Jun 1996
Instituto Anglo-Americano de México

Spanish Language

Instructor, Instituto de la Amistad de la URSS y México
Sep 1995 - Jun 1996
Instituto de la Amistad de la URSS y México

Russian Language


Education

MA, Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
Sep 2002 - Jun 2005
University of Washington
Literature & Anthropology
Aug 1994 - May 1995
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
BA, Anthropology
Aug 1993 - May 1995
University of California, Berkeley
History and Archaeology
Aug 1988 - May 1990
Kiev State University, Ukraine

Languages

French
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency
Portuguese
Professional Proficiency
Russian
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Turkish
Limited Proficiency
Ukrainian
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Italian Language Certificate
Aug 2010
Università per Stranieri di Perugia

Italian Language Certificate
Aug 2008
Dante Alighieri School, Rome, Italy

Awards

Umbra-Perugia Sister City Association Scholarship
Jan 2010
Umbra-Perugia Sister City Association
State Scholarship to Kiev State University
Dec 1988
Kiev State University, Ukraine

Photos & Videos

Spanish Language Lessons: The Verb to Be - Ser and Estar
Spanish Language Lessons: Spanish Alphabet and Spelling Practice
Spanish Language Lessons: The Verb Tener - to Have
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11 Reviews

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Olga Mar 21, 2019
Spanish · Online

Seva is an excellent teacher. He adapts the lessons to the student's interests and end goal. The lessons are always fun, not just covering the language, but the culture as well. I would highly recommend online language lessons with Seva to my friends and family.

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Fred Mar 20, 2019
Spanish · In studio

It's fun taking language lessons with Seva, and you learn fast. He strikes the right balance between patience and pushing you, so that your progress is steady and stressless. Also, he is an expert in literature and culture which he constantly brings into the learning of the language. Instead of a lot of boring repetition, Seva emphasizes appreciation of history and culture, which is why I want to learn a foreign language in the first place.

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Deborah Mar 2, 2019
Spanish · In home

I've been taking Spanish lessons from Seva with a small group and it is one of the highlights of my week.--not only because of the instruction, but also because of the camaraderie and positive group dynamic Seva has established though humor and the taking of a personal interest in each member. In addition to his language instruction skills, he brings to the class extensive knowledge of literature, history and culture across many Spanish-speaking countries, which adds interest and richness to our conversations.

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Adrian Jan 17, 2019
Spanish · Online

First of all, Seva is a polyglot with an astounding store of academic knowledge, which gives him a perfect background to understand the needs of the individual student. This creates an aura of how glamorous the student can become learning another language. This assessment comes from a person who has studied Latin, Greek, English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and dabbled with Spanish. He makes you want to speak, to understand the people, the culture, and the history. He makes you want to learn without pressure/ lose the fear of not performing. His assignments are appropriate within that framework. In short, he is my “dream” teacher.

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Jessica Jan 16, 2019
Spanish · In studio

There were several things I really appreciated about this class, one was the cultural information that was shared. I think the key to learning a new language, is learning how they use the language, how they culturally express themselves, and how it's different from what we currently know in our language, and Seva did a really good job at integrating this into the lessons. I also really appreciated all the extra tools he have us to learn outside of our classroom. I also never felt super uncomfortable if I didn't know the answer, as in my pass language classes with different teachers, the guilt was unreal if I didn't know an answer and I think this took away from the learning experience. I would definitely recommend Seva’s class to others, and look forward to taking his class again in the future.

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Laura Jan 14, 2019
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Seva thoroughly enjoys helping others discover new ways to communicate. He makes language acquisition a playful experience, while bringing a deep understanding and many years of experience to bear. His instruction is always fresh and exciting.

Janice Jan 5, 2019
Spanish · In studio

Seva is one of the most talented teachers i have ever encountered. I have a college degree, a master's degree, and. a law degree so I've had a lot of teachers! He made learning Spanish fun, interesting, and intellectually challenging. He recognized that different students had different learning styles and offered options to meet each style. The base of knowledge he provided me made my progress in learning Spanish much easier. If you have a chance to learn from him, don't miss it!

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Paula Jan 3, 2019
Spanish · In studio

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Spanish class, mostly due to our instructor, Seva. Several years ago a group of us students were seeking a Spanish teacher to provide advanced Spanish instruction. Since I'd had a wonderful Nicaraguan professor in the past, finding just the right person to meet up to her qualifications and standards was going to be a tough assignment; however, through a former student, our small group reached out to Seva & after one class with Seva, we all agreed he was the teacher we were seeking!
I am constantly amazed at Seva's knowledge (in general) and command of Spanish (more specifically). He makes our classes interesting, fun, lively, and educational at the same time. We read, we write, we review, we chat. Seva actively listens, guides the class, and provides feedback & input in a way that encourages learning and makes it entertaining at the same time, to keep our interest.
It has been over the course of several years (about 9 months of the year) our small, advanced Spanish group has continued to study Spanish. It would be a great challenge to find another professor with his knowledge, dedication, and commitment who could replace him. I am always learning!
Without any hesitation, regardless of your level, if you are serious about learning a new language, choose Seva to be your language professor!

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Teresa Jan 3, 2019
Spanish · In home

Seva is an exceptional Spanish language teacher because he has the rare ability to understand each student's unique strengths and weaknesses, but also has great knowledge of grammar, written and spoken Spanish, and literature. He is patient and encouraging with a good sense of humor, so my confidence and skill has continually grown since I started studying with him.

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Aryana Jan 3, 2019
Spanish · In studio

Learning with Seva was like dropping into a Spanish speaking neighborhood for an afternoon cup of coffee with friends. Splendid!

Alex Jan 2, 2019
Spanish · In home

I studied Spanish with Seva for 6 months. During that time, I went from have challenges being able to speak or read to being able to read long paragraphs in textbooks and in simple pieces of literature. Also, I learned how to give commands, ask questions, and have very simple conversations. I appreciated that Seva was sensitive to the fact that I had studied French before and was able to build on that knowledge to help me learn faster. He's a great, patient teacher, and I'd gladly study with him again.

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