Valentina Kohn

Valentina K.

Lincoln, NE

About Valentina K.

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Valentina teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: July 2014
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

• Russian native speaker
• Professional proficiency in English and German
• Familiar with Romanian and Turkish language
• Experienced instructor
• Able to plan and organize a classroom curriculum
• Able to communicate and coordinate with a wide range of individuals

Hello, my name is Valentina. I'm a Russian and German teacher.

German

I specialize in teaching German at the High School level. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in German and spent a year working and studying in Munich, Germany. I then found work in a private school and instructed over one hundred students. I have since continued tutoring individually specializing with online lessons.

My goal is to improve my students’ language skill through conversation and I push my students to speak German from the first lesson. I believe this helps students gain fluency and lose their fear of making mistakes while speaking. No one can be perfect in a month but the student needs to be comfortable enough with grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation so that they can communicate in German and improve through conversation and dialog.

My youngest students were 6 years old and I have also taught older students. I enjoy working with children and am fascinated by how quickly young students can learn and grasp languages. Especially when learning is incorporated in a game where a student can passively learn to use new vocabulary as a tool to win a game among others. I am very grateful for all my students and the wide variety of experiences that I have had interacting with them.

Russian

I am an experienced language teacher. My experience is teaching German as a second or third language to Russian and Romanian speakers, but since I am a native Russian speaker I can use what I have learned teaching German to teach Russian.

My teaching philosophy is to learn through practice. Everyone makes mistakes and part of learning a new language is overcoming the fear of making mistakes and being willing to work through errors to convey an idea or thought. People learn a language best when they use it as a tool to achieve a goal.

Recently I started teaching Russian to English speakers using the book" The Voices" and also I have practice teaching Russian to German-speaking children.

I am a native Russian speaker and I have studied Russian since elementary school. I graduated from Chishinau university, where 40% of the courses are taught in Russian including Russian grammar and literature. I have taught private courses as a German teacher, to Russian speakers, and therefore I have experience explaining Russian grammar and conversation. I have a deep appreciation for Russia’s literary heritage and am constantly reading classic Russian texts.

I have experience teaching online Russian language to English students. My materials are adapted to English speakers and my beginner students are excited and able to engage in Russian small talk within 6-8 lessons. My lessons are efficient, well planned and productive.

I’ll teach you spelling and grammar rules, I’ll extend you vocabulary and we will always be practicing and reviewing previously learned the material. I help encourage my students to study Russian. With me, you will smoothly move from a beginner to more advanced. I create a low stress and efficient learning environment.


I enjoy working with children but also find it rewarding to work with motivated adults. I am looking forward to working with you.
***24-hour cancellation/rescheduling notice required***

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Experience

German/ Russian Instructor

Nov 2016 - Present
Takelessons

German Instructor

Apr 2015 - Feb 2016
Oratorica

• Instructed over one hundred students in private German courses.
• Routinely exceeded student retention expectations. In a period of 8 months, my efforts doubled the number of students enrolled in the German language program, through my professional and effective teaching.
• Able to adapt to student feedback creating a continually improving learning environment

Education

Professional German Courses

Sep 2014 - Mar 2015
Volkshochschule Münich, Freiburg - Germany

Bachelor of Arts, German

Sep 2011 - Jun 2014
State University of Moldova – Chisinau, Moldova

Languages Spoken

English

Professional Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Romanian

Limited Proficiency

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Turkish

Limited Proficiency

Ukrainian

Limited Proficiency
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16 Reviews on Valentina K.

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Jennifer F. Feb 14, 2017
German · Online
Verified Student
My son is 9 years old and just stared taking classes with Valentina. He is really enjoying himself. She has done a wonderful job of tailoring the lessons for his age and skill level. He looks forward to his class every week and has already learned quite a bit. Very happy with our choice!!
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Beckett Feb 9, 2017
German · Online
Verified Student
Valentina was great. She had materials to supplement her teaching and she was very patient. According to Beckett, "Valentina was extremely nice and she made learning easier than it would have been on my own."
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Valentina Jan 29, 2017
German · Online
Verified Student
First class was great. Valentina was clear and patient. Looking forward to the next classes.
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Colin T. Jan 21, 2017
German · Online
Verified Student
thanks!
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bharadwaj Jan 20, 2017
German · Online
Verified Student
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Sebastian W. Jan 16, 2017
German · Online
Verified Student
Great 1st lesson! My son is looking forward to continuing them!
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Alex Jan 16, 2017
Russian · Online
I greatly enjoyed my first lesson with Valentina. It was highly interactive and I was able to practice speaking a lot. Am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Ernest M. Jan 5, 2017
German · Online
Verified Student
Excellent instruction. Valentina class style is interactive, she elicits constant feedback from the student. She does not waste your time with irrelevant conversation but is very courteous and to the point. Additionally Valentina sends the lecture material well in advance of the lesson to give the student sufficient time to practice and review the material before the lesson. When my renewal comes up, I will renew with Valentina.
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Helio O. Jan 3, 2017
Russian · Online
Verified Student
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Stephanie Dec 29, 2016
German · Online
Valentina was really helpful and easy to work with. I look forward to my next class
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