Valentina Kohn
Lincoln, NE
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Valentina Kohn

Valentina K.

Lincoln, NE
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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.

About Valentina K.

• 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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James K.
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These lessons are very helpful. She's a great teacher.

Posted Mar 22, 2020
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Posted Mar 12, 2020
Julie
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Posted Mar 5, 2020
Laurie
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I really enjoy my tutor sessions with Valentia. She is patient and knowledgeable. She is very quick to understand what I need help with.

Posted Jan 29, 2020
Mae C.
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So helpful, patient and does a good job of engaging me in the lesson. Thank you, Valentina!

Posted Nov 24, 2019
Eugen S.
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Posted Nov 20, 2019
Mae C.
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Extremely helpful and flexible with lessons, catering to me wanting to practice more conversations. Thanks Valentina!

Posted Nov 3, 2019
James K.
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Great teacher. She explains confusing concepts really well.

Posted Oct 12, 2019
Charlie W.
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Valentina is a very patient and good teacher. she always takes time for questions and gives easy to understand answers!

Posted Aug 24, 2019
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Posted Jun 23, 2019
Kristina
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Valentina is very intuitive and knows how to tailor each lesson to your specific needs. She has always been very professional, always on time but yet is flexible with your schedule. She has definitely helped me reach my language goals!

Posted May 13, 2019
James K.
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Great instructor.

Posted Apr 16, 2019
James K.
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Posted Mar 19, 2019
Tom
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Valentina is an excellent teacher: very knowledgeable and articulate.

Posted Mar 17, 2019
Tom
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Valentina is very knowledgeable and patient - a really good teacher!

Posted Mar 10, 2019
Tom
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Valentina was very patient and articulate; I enjoyed my first lesson with her!

Posted Feb 24, 2019
Wayne
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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!

Posted Feb 10, 2019
Levi
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Posted Jan 12, 2019
Kaidan
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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.

Posted Dec 11, 2018
Aliesha
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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.

Posted Dec 11, 2018
Laura
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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.

Posted Dec 10, 2018
Hunter
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Was very patient in teaching me the correct way to pronounce the words

Posted Dec 5, 2018
Kimberly ..
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great teacher a little hard but shes nice and helps you

Posted Dec 2, 2018
JOHN
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Posted Dec 11, 2017
Elena R.
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she is very flexible and works great with my kids

Posted Nov 12, 2017
Josef W.
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Valentina, brings her teaching to the proper level of the student. Sehr Gut!!

Posted Oct 8, 2017
Daniel A.
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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.

Posted Sep 24, 2017
Josef W.
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I appreciate her patience and professionalism. Good teacher.

Posted Sep 24, 2017
Anne H.
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thankyou

Posted Sep 20, 2017
Michaela A.
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Posted Sep 15, 2017
Michaela
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Valentina is a great choice for my daughter. I love seeing my daughter"s glowing face after a tutoring setion.

Posted Sep 4, 2017
Ligia D.
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Posted Aug 23, 2017
Glenn W.
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Very friendly and patient. Works straight out of a textbook along with internet audio. Would recommend!

Posted Aug 17, 2017
Denise C.
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Awesome

Posted Aug 17, 2017
Glenn W.
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Posted Aug 16, 2017
Raghu R.
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Ms.kohn is a very good teacher

Posted Aug 13, 2017
Kat
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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.

Posted Aug 12, 2017
Eva C.
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Posted Aug 7, 2017
Dennis
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continues to be patient and help me to start to understand pronunciation

Posted Jul 23, 2017
Victor O.
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Posted Jul 19, 2017
Jesse
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Taking online lessons for the first time and it was a great experience!

Posted Jul 19, 2017
Heather
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Posted Jul 19, 2017
Dennis
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Posted Jul 12, 2017
Josef W.
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Valentina is helping me alot!

Posted Jul 9, 2017
Josef W.
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She helped me to understand structure better,

Posted Jun 25, 2017
Josef W.
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Posted Jun 25, 2017
Charles
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I enjoyed my first lesson with Valentina, and am looking forward to my next lession!

Posted Jun 15, 2017
MADELINE
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Very nice and very patient!!

Posted Jun 12, 2017
Erik R.
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Posted Jun 11, 2017
JOHN
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Valentina is great and helps to accommodate your timetable of learning accordingly.

Posted Jun 6, 2017
Zinaida
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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.

Posted Jun 3, 2017
Erik
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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!

Posted May 29, 2017
JOHN
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She is informative and very patient

Posted May 22, 2017
Haochen Z.
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very nice teacher~

Posted May 22, 2017
Amanda
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Posted May 18, 2017
Joe M.
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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.

Posted May 16, 2017
JOHN
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looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted May 10, 2017
JOHN
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She was patient and great, especially since I was late to start the session.

Posted May 10, 2017
Ozgur S.
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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...

Posted May 5, 2017
Haochen Z.
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Posted May 3, 2017
Alexandria G.
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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!

Posted Apr 24, 2017
Sonya
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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.

Posted Apr 3, 2017
Erich
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Posted Mar 21, 2017
Beckie M.
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Posted Mar 15, 2017
Alexandria G.
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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%

Posted Mar 14, 2017
Jorden K.
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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.

Posted Mar 9, 2017
SRIRAM
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Posted Mar 4, 2017
Latoya
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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.

Posted Mar 1, 2017
Lauren
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Posted Feb 23, 2017
Luci
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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.

Posted Feb 22, 2017
Dana
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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.

Posted Feb 20, 2017
Jennifer F.
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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!!

Posted Feb 14, 2017
Beckett
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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."

Posted Feb 9, 2017
Valentina
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First class was great. Valentina was clear and patient. Looking forward to the next classes.

Posted Jan 29, 2017
Colin T.
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thanks!

Posted Jan 21, 2017
bharadwaj
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Posted Jan 20, 2017
Sebastian W.
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Great 1st lesson! My son is looking forward to continuing them!

Posted Jan 16, 2017
Alex
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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.

Posted Jan 16, 2017
Ernest M.
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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.

Posted Jan 5, 2017
Helio O.
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Posted Jan 3, 2017
Stephanie
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Valentina was really helpful and easy to work with. I look forward to my next class

Posted Dec 29, 2016
Colin
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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!

Posted Dec 28, 2016
alex
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Bien

Posted Dec 3, 2016
Ozgur S.
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Explains everything in a way that anybody can comprehend! Very detailed and planned out lessons.

Posted Nov 25, 2016
Ozgur S.
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Posted Nov 14, 2016
Arney A.
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Very nice and kind hearted person, always encouraging. I look forward to having more classes.

Posted Nov 12, 2016
Susan J.
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Valentina is patient and encouraging. She takes time to understand what your goals are, so she can help you achieve them.

Posted Nov 3, 2016

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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

English

Professional Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Romanian

Limited Proficiency

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Turkish

Limited Proficiency

Ukrainian

Limited Proficiency

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