Valentina Kohn

Valentina K.

Lincoln, NE

Lesson Details

German

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have instructed over one hundred students in private German courses. I routinely exceeded student retention expectations. In a period of eight months, my efforts doubled the number of students enrolled in the German language program, through my professional and effective teaching.
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Valentina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7+

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.

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.

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

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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

English
Professional Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Romanian
Limited Proficiency
Russian
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Turkish
Limited Proficiency
Ukrainian
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

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62 Reviews

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Josef West Oct 8, 2017
German · Online

Valentina, brings her teaching to the proper level of the student. Sehr Gut!!

Daniel A. Sep 24, 2017
Russian · Online

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.

Josef West Sep 24, 2017
German · Online

I appreciate her patience and professionalism. Good teacher.

Anne H. Sep 20, 2017
German · Online

thankyou

Michaela A. Sep 15, 2017
German · Online

Michaela Sep 4, 2017
German · Online

Valentina is a great choice for my daughter. I love seeing my daughter"s glowing face after a tutoring setion.

Ligia D. Aug 23, 2017
German · Online

Glenn W. Aug 17, 2017
Russian · Online

Very friendly and patient. Works straight out of a textbook along with internet audio. Would recommend!

Denise C. Aug 17, 2017
Russian · Online

Awesome

Glenn W. Aug 16, 2017
Russian · Online

Raghu R. Aug 13, 2017
German · Online

Ms.kohn is a very good teacher

Kat Aug 12, 2017
German · Online

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.

Eva C. Aug 7, 2017
German · Online

Dennis Jul 23, 2017
Russian · Online

continues to be patient and help me to start to understand pronunciation

Victor O. Jul 19, 2017
Russian · Online

Jesse Jul 19, 2017
Russian · Online

Taking online lessons for the first time and it was a great experience!

Heather Jul 19, 2017
Russian · Online

Dennis Jul 12, 2017
Russian · Online

Josef West Jul 9, 2017
German · Online

Valentina is helping me alot!

Josef West Jun 25, 2017
German · Online

She helped me to understand structure better,

Josef West Jun 25, 2017
German · Online

Charles Jun 15, 2017
German · Online

I enjoyed my first lesson with Valentina, and am looking forward to my next lession!

MADELINE Jun 12, 2017
Russian · Online

Very nice and very patient!!

Erik R. Jun 11, 2017
Russian · Online

JOHN Jun 6, 2017
German · Online

Valentina is great and helps to accommodate your timetable of learning accordingly.

Zinaida Jun 3, 2017
German · Online

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.

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Erik May 29, 2017
Russian · Online

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!

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JOHN May 22, 2017
German · Online

She is informative and very patient

Haochen Z. May 22, 2017
German · Online

very nice teacher~

Amanda May 18, 2017
German · Online

Joe M. May 16, 2017
Russian · Online

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.

JOHN May 10, 2017
German · Online

looking forward to the next lesson.

JOHN May 10, 2017
German · Online

She was patient and great, especially since I was late to start the session.

Ozgur S. May 5, 2017
German · Online

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...

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Haochen Z. May 3, 2017
German · Online

Alexandria G. Apr 24, 2017
Russian · Online

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!

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Sonya Apr 3, 2017
Russian · Online

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.

Erich Mar 21, 2017
Russian · Online

Beckie M. Mar 15, 2017
German · Online

Alexandria G. Mar 14, 2017
Russian · Online

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%

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Jorden K. Mar 9, 2017
Russian · Online

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.

SRIRAM Mar 4, 2017
German · Online

Latoya Mar 1, 2017
German · Online

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.

Lauren Feb 23, 2017
Russian · Online

Luci Feb 22, 2017
German · Online

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.

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Dana Feb 20, 2017
Russian · Online

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.

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Jennifer F. Feb 14, 2017
German · Online

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

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."

Valentina Jan 29, 2017
German · Online

First class was great. Valentina was clear and patient. Looking forward to the next classes.

Colin T. Jan 21, 2017
German · Online

thanks!

bharadwaj Jan 20, 2017
German · Online

Sebastian W. Jan 16, 2017
German · Online

Great 1st lesson! My son is looking forward to continuing them!

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.

Ernest M. Jan 5, 2017
German · Online

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

Stephanie Dec 29, 2016
German · Online

Valentina was really helpful and easy to work with. I look forward to my next class

Colin Dec 28, 2016
German · Online

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!

alex Dec 3, 2016
German · Online

Bien

Ozgur S. Nov 25, 2016
German · Online

Explains everything in a way that anybody can comprehend! Very detailed and planned out lessons.

Ozgur S. Nov 14, 2016
German · Online

Arney A. Nov 12, 2016
German · Online

Very nice and kind hearted person, always encouraging. I look forward to having more classes.

Susan J. Nov 3, 2016
German · Online

Valentina is patient and encouraging. She takes time to understand what your goals are, so she can help you achieve them.

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