Tatiana Zakharova

Tatiana Z.

Long Beach, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

My background as a teacher of ESL is extensive. I taught technical English to engineering students at the university (MEPhI) for 8 years. Additionally I have been preparing Russian students for the English State Exam at school and adults for business and private trips to English speaking countries.
As a philologist I am able to pinpoint individual issues and difficulties to help correct problems in language acquisition.

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Tatiana teaches



Tatiana delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1995

I am a former German professor from Russia who currently lives in America and tutors full time now Russian and German.

I provide a variety of activities for my lessons so you will never get bored. For example, I will use games, interactive conversational lessons, fun warm up tasks, case studies, and even riddles. We will use authentic materials as well. You will learn conversational skills, formal writing skills, and test taking strategies all in a fun manner.

I have a background as as an experienced lecturer, teacher, and tutor in the field of linguistics (general linguistics, history of linguistics, psycolinguistics, social linguistics, gender studies). Since defending my dissertation, I have continued to do research in gender studies in the field of virtual communication and digital text, especially non-verbal communication, social networks and gender-specific communication. However, I have found that my true passion is helping students in one-on-one lessons.

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Sep 1995 - Oct 2014

1995-2000Assistant Professor German and English , Moscow Engineering Physics Institute/MEPhI· Conducted seminars· Created lessons plans· Provided remedial education for struggling students· Created and conducted both written and oral final exams
2000-2014Associate Professor German, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute/MEPhI· Lectured· Created lesson plans· Created and conducted both written and oral final exams· Created study guides

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Master of Art(Teaching of German), Master of Art (Teaching of German as a Foreign Language), PhD (Russian Philology, Germanic Languages)
Jul 1990 - Jun 2009
Moscow State Linguistic University, Moscow State University of International Relationaship, Gooethe Institute (Munich)
M.A., Ph.D.
Sep 1995 - Apr 2006
Moscow State Linguistic University


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


2007-2009Certificate of German as a Second Language, Goethe-Institut and University of Kassel: Teaching of German Language as a foreign language in theory and practice
Jun 2009
Moscow State Linguistic University

Ph.D. in Germanic Languages
Apr 2006
Moscow State Linguistic University

Master of Arts in German Education
Jul 1995
Moscow State Linguistic University

Photos & Videos

Amazing Moscow illumination in winter

Christmas mood in Munich

Enjoying the Alps from the balcony

Rome for ever!

I adore Prague!

another one sunset in St.Petersburg


29 Reviews

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CHELSEY Jul 31, 2019
German · Online

Tatiana is certainly one of the greatest teachers I have ever studied with. I am extremely grateful to have her as my mentor, and I my recommendations are high for anyone seeking a top-quality language-learning experience.

Celina L. Jun 13, 2019
German · Online

I've only just started, but I can see that I'm definitely going to make some great progress with Tatiana. I would recommend her for sure.

Vishal T. May 18, 2019
German · Online

My son liked his first class, he told me that he thinks Tatiana will be able to help him reach his goal. Thanks

James May 8, 2019
Russian · In studio

Tatiana is great! My son loves their interaction and her teaching style.

Yana Apr 19, 2019
Russian · Online

Tatiana is an awesome teacher! She's very patient -- doesn't mind repeating lessons zillion times! She's very flexible with her schedule as well . Always accommodates last minute changes!! She's fabulous!

Morgan H. Mar 26, 2019
German · Online

Not only is every lesson enjoyable, Tatiana’s style of teaching is refreshing and fun! I look forward to every class. She’s incrediably patient and detailed in her tutoring, best teacher I’ve ever had!

Alexander Jan 2, 2019
Russian · In studio

Great teacher!

Dino Nov 17, 2018
German · Online

Nice teacher!

Randy M. Nov 6, 2018
German · Online

Tatiana did a great job! She helped me overcome some of the challenges I faced with communication. The lesson was dynamic and went quite naturally. Very highly recommend!

Chrystine L. Jun 5, 2018
German · Online

Great first lesson! Tatiana made me feel very comfortable and moved at my pace, which I really appreciated! Looking forward to my next one.

Elizabeth Jun 3, 2018
Russian · Online

Taking weekly lessons at the high-intermediate level - Tatiana is a fantastic teacher - very good explanations of grammatical concepts and nuances of vocabulary/language - I've noticed great progress in my Russian since starting a few months ago.

Orshi K. May 21, 2018
German · In studio

Fantastic first class!

Eva C. Mar 6, 2018
German · Online

Tatiana is the third German teacher I've had on Take Lessons and by far the best! She uses a variety of teaching tools that are very effective and she is very personable!

Deepa Nov 1, 2017
German · Online

It is my first class and I really loved it.

Gala Nedialkova Oct 2, 2017
German · Online

Very good very interesting exactly what I was looking for

Carmen Jun 2, 2017
Russian · Online

In our first lesson we practiced the alphabet. I am a total beginner so that's where we had to start.

Carol Mar 17, 2017
German · Online

Lots of fun and very interesting.

Mehrnaz H. Jan 21, 2017
German · Online

Tatiana is a wonderful teacher. I look forward to our next lesson.

Amanda P. Dec 29, 2016
German · Online

Very fun and makes learning easy. I would definitely recommend this instructor to anyone looking to learn German!

Christopher D. Nov 9, 2016
German · Online

After just one lesson I can tell Tatiana is going to be a wonderful teacher. I can't wait until the next lesson!

Keren Oct 19, 2016
German · Online

Tatiana met my expectations admirably. I thoroughly recommend her for students of all competencies.

Lewis Oct 11, 2016
German · Online

Great instructor!
She is nice, smart and uses many different methods of teaching.
I had a good grasp of the German language. I had never taped into the language before and I had a good experience with Tatiana.
Oh, and she has the best price around as well,
Thanks Tatiana!

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daiana D. Oct 10, 2016
German · Online

Tatiana is great! I am so happy to have found Tatiana as a teacher. Within a short period of working with her, I have learned a lot! I have learned several grammar concepts as well as a chunk of vocabulary. Tatiana is very encouraging during lessons and easy to understand.
I would highly recommend her to anyone of any age level!

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Sammy Sep 23, 2016
German · Online

Tatiana was wonderful! Looking forward to her next lesson. My daughter said "she's really cool". That says a lot coming from a teenager.

Diane B. Sep 10, 2016
· In home

Very professional and fun!

Yao Aug 29, 2016
German · Online

She is very patient and knowledge and I enjoyed the first German lesson with her a lot:) Highly recommended for serious German learners!

Silvia Jun 14, 2016
German · In studio

Tatiana is a great instructor. She created a plan best-suited to my ability level, and has been very patient and encouraging throughout. I would recommend her to anyone looking to learn German at any level.

Harry S. Apr 26, 2016
German · Online

I enjoyed my first lesson very much! Tatiana made a big effort to figure out my German level and led the conversation in such a way that I could learn as we talked. She was very complimentary, offered to help above the call of duty, and feels like she already is a friend! It will be fun and a great help to me to continue with the lessons!

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Denise H. Mar 3, 2016
German · In studio

Lesson was great. I look forward to learning German

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