- Levels Taught:
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+
- Teaching since:
- July 2014
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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• 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
Valentina is an excellent teacher: very knowledgeable and articulate.
Valentina is very knowledgeable and patient - a really good teacher!
Valentina was very patient and articulate; I enjoyed my first lesson with her!
Valentina is a great teacher. She is very patient and is extremely accommodating with the pace, content and timing of our lessons. I hope to be speaking more fluently very soon!
Valentina was quite helpful reviewing things I had forgotten, pronunciation and cases. I will definitely take more lessons with her. Great tutor with individualized lessons.
Valentina is characterized by enthusiasm and patience. She structured the lesson very well. She encouraged me to go forward. Even in the first lesson, I learned a lot.
My first lesson with Valentina was excellent! I am excited for future lessons and for the opportunity to improve my Russian. She is very flexible and helpful.
Was very patient in teaching me the correct way to pronounce the words
great teacher a little hard but shes nice and helps you
she is very flexible and works great with my kids
Valentina, brings her teaching to the proper level of the student. Sehr Gut!!
My two children took their first lesson with Valentina. She was very organized and pleasant. I liked the her materials. The kids liked this lesson.
I appreciate her patience and professionalism. Good teacher.
Valentina is a great choice for my daughter. I love seeing my daughter"s glowing face after a tutoring setion.
Very friendly and patient. Works straight out of a textbook along with internet audio. Would recommend!
Ms.kohn is a very good teacher
Valentina is an extremely kind and patient teacher. I feel comfortable making mistakes around her. She also is great about tailoring the class to your needs! I highly recommend Valentina.
continues to be patient and help me to start to understand pronunciation
Taking online lessons for the first time and it was a great experience!
Valentina is helping me alot!
She helped me to understand structure better,
I enjoyed my first lesson with Valentina, and am looking forward to my next lession!
Very nice and very patient!!
Valentina is great and helps to accommodate your timetable of learning accordingly.
Valentina’s lessons are professional and efficient. She has been giving me lessons for six months once or twice a week and it has helped me immensely. I started with almost no knowledge of German and am now at about Level 1 where I can carry on basic conversations.
I highly endorse Valentina and think she is an excellent tutor especially, for a working adult who is willing to work hard to progress. Thank you for your help.
It felt like a college level course taught in a classroom, but online! She's super friendly super understanding, and most importantly super patient. I had taught myself a little bit and she helps correct my mistakes, and makes me feel confident that I can pick up the language pretty well! She has taught in the classroom environment before, and that's exactly what I needed!+ Read More
She is informative and very patient
very nice teacher~
Valentina was an excellent instructor for my first Russian lesson! She is professional, knowledgeable, patient, and very helpful. I am looking forward to future lessons.
looking forward to the next lesson.
She was patient and great, especially since I was late to start the session.
We are having lessons from Valentina for my 11 years old son . Now he finished the first level , and we are very happy so far . Valentina is always on time, never skip a lesson, and she " teaches easily and she has supporting materials , and most important she has a plan and strictly follows her plan for lessons" ("" from my son). Just yesterday he was able to answer a question asked in German , with German . Learning a language is a long and difficult way to go and so far we are very happy to guidance of Valentina. I strongly recommend her...+ Read More
Of all the teachers I've had throughout the years, in high school and college, Valentina is one of the best! She not only knows her stuff, she knows how to teach it so that someone who knows nothing learns it very well. I'm learning Russian, a very difficult language. But Valentina is patient, very encouraging, giving positive feedback as much as critique. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to learn a new language!+ Read More
that was fun! I was pleasantly surprised by how much we covered in one hour, can't wait until next week! I love that she gave me exercises to do at home in between lessons, that way I can remember and practice what I learned today for next lesson.
Amazing instructor! Very knowledgeable, patient, and sweet. I've been having problems with internet connection and she's been very understanding and willing to work around these issues with me. She is encouraging and uplifting, helping with pronunciation and answering my questions to the best of her ability. I would recommend her 100%+ Read More
Valentina is an excellent teacher! She made everything easy to understand on my first lesson and I look forward to continuing my studies with her.
My first lesson was great. Valentina was patient. She answered my questions and ensured I understood before we moved on to the next section. I highly recommend her as an instructor.
I have had only one class with Valentina so far, but even in that amount of time I felt like she knew what she was doing and was the right teacher to help me with my goals. She has experience teaching, and was able to laugh or brush off misunderstandings which made the lesson feel more relaxed.
I learned enough in our first lesson to keep me busy the entire week until our next one! I'm looking forward to our next session.
Valentina is the best instructor for those who want to learn quickly! She provides you with plenty of materials and audio recordings that you can download and save to practice after the lesson. She's also very amenable to your personal goals and is good at recognizing what areas you need to practice in.+ Read More
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!!+ Read More
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."
First class was great. Valentina was clear and patient. Looking forward to the next classes.
Great 1st lesson! My son is looking forward to continuing them!
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.
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.+ Read More
Valentina was really helpful and easy to work with. I look forward to my next class
Valentina gets straight to the lesson materials and offers a selection of German that is very useful and easy to learn in only a half hour lesson. Great lesson!
Explains everything in a way that anybody can comprehend! Very detailed and planned out lessons.
Very nice and kind hearted person, always encouraging. I look forward to having more classes.
Valentina is patient and encouraging. She takes time to understand what your goals are, so she can help you achieve them.