Russian and Czech languages instructor with 12-year experience in education and professional training.
Significant experience applying teaching skills and methodologies in one-on one and small group classes.
Works effectively with wide range of cultures and personalities.
I have been teaching one-on-one classes in DC leading language schools, such as Diplomatic Language Services and ICA Languages.
Teach languages, politics and socio-economics of the region to US State Department diplomats and other adult professionals using proficiency-oriented methods. Classes are one-on-one instruction.
Employ various materials to support communicative language teaching including books, realia, and internet sources.
Incorporate various technologies into the classroom and for homework assignments including use of podcasts, TV programs and DLI language training materials.
Promote “Beyond the Classroom” learning by encouraging students to participate in school Czech mingling sessions and cultural activities and advising students about meet-up groups, activities at various embassies, and other opportunities to practice language extemporaneously.
• 100% of students met or exceeded their final learning objectives when tested on final examination.
• Described as a “patient, organized and tenacious” in a student evaluation.
· Russian · In studio Wonderful teacher. Very thorough. Patient and encouraging! Highly recommended.
· Russian · In studio Excellent first lesson. Valentina was very patient but persistent in staying in Russian as much as feasible. I knew a little bit from decades ago and she helped me find the way forward again without embarrassment. I look forward to the next lessons.