Sofiya Kotik

Sofiya

Miami, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Здравствуйте (Hello)!
I am a native Russian speaker, graduated from Belorussian State University with MS degree in Math and Education. I have been teaching Russian 1, Russian 2, and Russian Conversation for Continuing Education at Miami Dade College since 1992. I have also taught Essential Russian for Berlitz school in Miami for several years. For each of those courses I developed special lessons using professor's Berlitz method of foreign language teaching through dialog, phonetics and vocabulary. Lessons will be customized to the needs and goals of each student.
Whether you are a beginner who has never studied Russian or a former student brushing up on old skills, I will provide you with the tools and information you need to speak a Russian tongue easily and effectively.
Looking forward to start working with you. Всего хорошего (all the best)!

About Sofiya

Hello! Здравствуйте!

Thank you for your interest in taking lessons with me. I've been teaching Russian classes for the Continuing Education program at Miami Dade College since 1992. I am a native Russian speaker and came to the U.S. from Minsk, Belarus in 1990.
Over the years, I have taught Russian 1, Russian 2 and Russian Conversation. I have also taught Essential Russian for the Berlitz Language Center in Miami. For each of the courses I developed special lessons using Professor’s Berlitz method of foreign language teaching through dialogue, phonetics and vocabulary.
I have my MS degree in Mathematics and Education and have taught Mathematics at FIU and MDC for many years, however, teaching Russian is my passion. I really enjoy having the opportunity to speak with students using my native language to help them achieve their individual goals and promote their individual strengths. Whether you are a beginner who has never studied Russian or a former student brushing up on old skills, I will provide you with the tools and information you need to speak Russian easily and effectively. Lessons will be customized to the needs and goals of each student.
When working with beginners, during the first lesson I show them that Russian is not as difficult as it looks. Russian pronunciation is actually much easier than English. Once you know the alphabet, you will be able to read. At the end of my first lesson I usually give a short dictation and students are happy to see that they can already write some simple Russian words.
When working with a textbook I ask students to improvise, to use new vocabulary to describe their specific situation. When giving lessons, I try to create an active environment, encouraging students to ask any questions they may have and keeping them focused and motivated.
Welcome to my lessons and I hope to see you soon.
До свидания!

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Laurie
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I studied Russian with Sofiya for several semesters at Miami Dade College and found her to be an excellent instructor. Caring, conscientious, and engaging, Sofiya is passionate about teaching and about the Russian language. She was always eager to offer advice, review any extra work submitted, and to immerse students in aspects of Russian culture as well. Sofiya is not only an accomplished instructor, but she is also a genuinely nice, outgoing person. I highly recommend her.

Posted Jan 13, 2018

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Experience

Adjunct Professor, Trainer
Jan 2003 - Present

Miami Dade College

Teaching Math, providing training to GED students

Russian Instructor
Aug 1992 - Present

Miami Dade College, Continued Education

Teaching Russian 1, Russian 2, and Russian Conversation

Adjunct Professor
Aug 2003 - Dec 2015

FIU

Mathematics

Instructor
Feb 2007 - Nov 2010

Berlitz Coral Gables learning Center

Russian Essential

Education

Language Instructor
Sep 2006 - Feb 2007

Berlitz Coral Gables Learning Center

MS in Mathematics and Education
Sep 1958 - Jun 1963

Belorussian State University

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Russian, Belorussian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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