I completed my MA in philology at Lomonosov Moscow State University. My specialization is termed “Philologist: Teacher of the English Language and Foreign Literature”. Since then I have worked for a number of educational projects and language courses in Moscow. I have come to realize that teaching is an activity I really love. This was one of the main reasons why I decided to take a post-graduate course at my university in October 2010. This spring I will defend my PhD thesis which, apart from giving me academic recognition, will enable me to work as an English teacher at a university in future.
The program is obviously connected with my second specialization: “Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language.” Since high school, I have progressively advanced my expertise in the Russian language. In 2005, I won first prize in a regional contest for Russian. At the university, I attended a number of supplementary courses for Russian as a Foreign Language: pedagogical factors in teaching Russian as a Foreign Language, teaching Russian phonetics and intonation to foreign students, and verbs of movement in the Russian language. I applied my knowledge teaching Russian to South Korean and Indian students. In 2011-2012 I was a Russian language teaching assistant at a school in Germany (Lessing-Gymnasium, Kamenz) and in 2012-2013 at Oberlin College in Ohio, USA.
I have a wide range of interests that will enable me to present not only the Russian language, but also Russian culture in an interesting way. As a student, I paid special attention to the study of Russian literature and participated in evenings of poetry and university theatre. I am also deeply interested in music and art. In 2001, I finished music school (piano), later I took extra classes of vocal singing, played the piano and sang at a number of concerts in Moscow. Since 2005, I have conducted tours of the Tretyakov Gallery and it has been a gratifying experience to share these Russian masterpieces with foreign guests of Moscow. I feel that my wide range of hobbies and interests will help me to engage students informally and make me an effective teaching assistant.