Svetlana Plummer
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Svetlana Plummer

Svetlana P.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I use Task-Based Language Teaching methods in my lessons. For example, a task could be interacting with Russian business partners, ordering food at cafes and restaurants, checking into a hotel, making a product presentation, communicating with a spouse’s family, applying for a job, enrolling into a Russian university, asking directions, reading Russian literature or news, etc. In other words, my classes are student-centered and designed in accordance with a student’s real-life needs. All activities (grammar, reading, speaking, listening, pronunciation skills) are used to reach a learner’s goal. I use a lot of authentic materials in my lessons: YouTube, social media, commercials, news, movies and various readings (including social science and fiction). I have fun, well-structured lessons and provide interesting and engaging discourse with each one of my students.

About Svetlana P.

My name is Svetlana. I am a Russian native speaker and a professional teacher of Russian as a foreign language. I also have a Master’s degree in Finance, though I have been really enjoying being a teacher. It is so fulfilling to help and guide someone in his or her journey to Russia through language and culture. I have been teaching Russian as a second language for ten years. I earned my degree in Russian Language and Literature at Lomonosov Moscow State University. I am also TORFL-testing certified. I started my teaching career as a teacher’s assistant at University of Turku (Finland). Then I taught Russian at the Center of International Education of Moscow State University, Beijing State University (China) and at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Helsinki (Finland). I am currently giving private lessons, teaching online both individually and in small groups. I am an active and patient teacher; I encourage my students to interact actively in our classes and to speak with confidence.

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John
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Svetlana is an incredible teacher of the Russian language. She makes her lessons fun and she is patient with me as I learn the language. She is the best Russian language instructor that I have ever had! I highly recommend that you try her lessons; you will have a lot of fun and learn a lot!

Posted Jun 4, 2020

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Experience

Head of the Russian Language Department
Jul 2011 - Jul 2014

The Russian Center of Science and Culture (Helsinki, Finland)

Cooperated with Finnish schools, universities and official educational organizations in matters related to promoting Russian language and Russian university programs in Finland. Fully responsible for coordination of Russian language courses in the Center (curriculum development, student enrollment, conducting meetings with teachers, methodological consultation with teachers, etc). Taught Russian courses for beginners.

Specialist and supervisor of the Russian language unit
Jan 2008 - Jul 2011

Rossotrudnichestvo (Moscow, Russia)

Developed and performed projects aimed at promoting Russian language and education abroad. Coordinated work for the Russian Centers of Science and Culture abroad (the Rossotrudnichestvo's branches) to conduct Russian language courses.

Russian Language Teacher
Sep 2005 - Jan 2008

Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Center of International Education (Moscow, Russia)

Taught Russian as a foreign language for adult students from Asia, Europe and the USA (language command levels A0 – B2). These included long-term and short-term (summer) programs in the CIE (now named the Institute of Russian Language and Culture of Lomonosov Moscow State University).

Russian Language Teacher at the Department of Russian Language and Literature
Sep 2006 - Jun 2007

Beijing State University (Beijing, China)

Taught and developed Russian language courses, including “Conversational Russian” and “Essay Writing,” for first through third year undergraduate students and first year PhD students. Acted as a visiting teacher within the bilateral universities’ cooperation with Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Teacher's Assistant
Oct 2002 - Nov 2002

University of Turku, Language Center (Turku, Finland)

Assisted a teacher of Russian as a foreign language with a Russian class for beginners.

Russian Language and Literature Teacher
Sep 2001 - Jun 2002

Primary and Secondary School No. 176 (Moscow, Russia)

Taught Russian language and literature for 7th grade students.

Education

Master's Degree in Financial Management
Oct 2014 - Mar 2017

Moscow Aviation Institute

Certification - Russian as a Foreign Language
May 2009 - Aug 2010

Pushkin State Russian Language Institute (Moscow, Russia)

Certification - TORFL tester
Jan 2010 - Feb 2010

RUDN University (Moscow, Russia)

Bachelor's Degree in Russian language and literature (Specialist Degree)
Sep 1998 - Jun 2003

Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia)

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Finnish

Professional Proficiency

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Scholarship
Jun 2002

The Ministry of Education of Finland / CIMO, Finland

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