Vika Margulis Rosenthal
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Vika Margulis Rosenthal

Vika M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Russian language made easy! I look forward to sharing my native Russian language and culture with you in a fun, meaningful and authentic way.
Our Russian language classes together will be modeled on your goals, interests and desired pace. We can improve your command of grammar and vocabulary, while using the language to make connections. We can engage in discussions and debates related to current events and issues of relevance to communities in Russian-speaking countries. We can explore these various topics through a combination of texts of different genres, from news reporting to opinion pieces, to podcasts and interviews presenting perspectives on current events.
Our classes will be rooted in skills development and application, not theory. We will work together to accomplish practical tasks and model everyday conversations, as well as build awareness of Russian culture, including music, art, literature and cuisine.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and working together!

About Vika M.

My approach to teaching can be summed up in one word: YOU. My classes are tailor-made to fit your needs. The best way to learn a new language is to experience it in a relatable and fun way. I'll work with you based on your interests, needs, and pace. I cannot wait to meet you and get started!

I have been a Russian and English instructor for over ten years, teaching at Berlitz, the industry leader in language acquisition.

For English classes, my emphasis is pronunciation. As an immigrant myself, who had struggled with pronunciation in the past, I know exactly which sound needs to be a little longer, and which needs to be just a little shorter, to get that American pronunciation just right! I have helped many students of various professions write and deliver speeches and presentations. Your pronunciation will improve rapidly and so will your confidence about public speaking! You will deliver that presentation with joy and ease!

For Russian classes, my emphasis is practical application. You will learn Russian in a fun, interactive, authentic and meaningful way!

I can take you from A to Z of language acquisition, including grammar, conversation, writing and more. I love seeing my students develop from speaking just a few English or Russian phrases to becoming completely fluent.

I have worked with a wide range of students, from coaching a team of engineers at Qualcomm looking to improve their English pronunciation, to training members of the US Armed Forces for the Defense Language Proficiency Test in Russian.

I am excited to embark on this journey with you!

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Experience

Intercultural Program Instructor
Jun 2017 - Feb 2021

AFS-USA, University of California San Diego

Taught civic engagement, justice and intercultural communication for an immersive study abroad summer program at UCSD; designed and implemented course curriculum that helps learners develop global awareness, English language practice, and critical thinking skills; lead students in community service excursions and conduct immersive lessons on municipal services, political engagement, environmental and social issues, American history and cultural sensitivity

ESL Instructor
Oct 2010 - Feb 2021

Berlitz

Teach English as a Second Language and Russian; prepare US military personnel for the Defense Language Proficiency Test; facilitate business communication seminars; design and conduct activities that target speaking, comprehension, vocabulary and pronunciation; track student progress; trained in Berlitz children ESL pedagogy; trained in Berlitz Virtual Classroom (BVC) and deliver online instruction

Education

Juris Doctor
Sep 2005 - May 2008

Southwestern University School of Law

Bachelor of Arts, Political Economies of Industrialized Societies
Sep 1999 - May 2003

UC Berkeley

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Russian

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

TEFL CERTIFICATION
May 2019

BRIDGE-TEFL

Master TEFL Course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) – 120 Hour Professional Certificate - PASS A Coursework: Basic Course, Educator Course, Grammar Advisor, Intro to Teaching Young Learners, Intro to Business English

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