I have decided to post this information for those who are interested in learning Russian over Skype, but want to know more about my teaching methods, materials and the general procedure of teaching and language learning via Skype.
1. Language learning on Skype: how does it work?
- Is it just a passive language learning?
A Russian lesson over Skype is like a real Russian lesson in the classroom, because both the teacher and the student can see each other and speak to each other with the use of headphones, microphone and a web camera.
If you are interested in receiving living Russian lessons with a native speaker and a professional teacher, you will have to install Skype
because it allows the interactive communication.
Online Russian lessons are one-to-one classes, and if your Internet connection is fast and works properly, you will be able to hear the teacher perfectly, so it won't be a passive language learning, but the active one, with an important speaking component.
- Do you think that online language learning is just speaking?
No, it is not just speaking!
The newest Russian learning materials are scanned and sent to you via mail, in this way both the teacher and the student will be able to use them during the lessons.
Writing is also practiced, but the Russian keyboard has to be installed.
For the intermediate and advanced levels I use an "Internet notebook": I ask a question to my student (in Russian, of course, say, "What is your favourite food and why?") and they would write me their answers in a mail and ask me another question, after that I check their work and write them my answer and ask them another question, etc. In this way, the student practices both writing and reading.
For beginners I just send scanned exercises by mail, so they can do it on their computer or just write them down and send them to me in a scanned file.
I also do listening, normally with the help of my blog and the Youtube videos (communicative situations, for example, in a restaurant, at the doctor's, in a farmacy, etc.). The student can listen everything on his (her) computer.
Of course, I also do home reading, it is an important part of my course. For the beginner, pre-intermediate and intermediate levels I scan texts from the reading books I have at home. For advanced students I search for interesting texts on the Internet (differents topics, culture, science, politics, economy...)
2. What are your teaching methods like? What kind of materials are used?
- Are all the language skills included into the course?
I try to include all the components into my Russian language course (grammar, vocabulary, communication) and use the communicative approach during my lessons (grammar, vocabulary and communication are given together and they interdepent). All the general language skills are included into my course (writing, listening, reading, speaking, grammar).
- Are the materials modern and reliable?
I use the newest Russian language materials in my course (the majority of them are scanned, some of them are used online (texts, blog materials, Youtube videos, etc):
- A Living Russian Grammar (3 books, from the beginner to advanced level);
- Survival Russian (beginner level, Russian language in communicative dialogues);
- Чистая грамматика (exercises for the advanced level);
- Глаголы движения - без ошибок (Verbs of movement with exercises);
- Повторяем падежи и предлоги (Cases with exercises);
- Трудные случаи русской грамматики (Advenced Russian grammar with exercises);
- Изучаем глагольные приставки (Russian verbal prefixes with exercises);
- Blog materials and tests.
- В этой маленькой корзинке (2 books with crosswords and other vocabulary exercises for the beginner level);
- Русская лексика в заданиях и кроссвордах (4 books, from beginner to advanced level, include different vocabulary topics (weather, food, clothes, school, city...);
- Blog materilas and tests.
- Survival Russian (beginner level, Russian language in communicative dialogues with listening);
- Разговоры по душам (intermediate to advanced level, live Russian dialogues);
- Современная русская идиоматика (Russian idioms in dialogues and exercises);
- Слушайте, спрашивайте, отвечайте (Everyday situations, listening possible);
- Blog materials and tests.
- Шкатулка (texts for the beginner level on different grammar topics);
- Русская грамматика в анекдотах (Russian jokes for the beginner level on different grammar topics);
- Приключения иностранцев в России (Texts for the intermediate to upper-intermediate level);
- Texts from the Internet on different topics (advanced level);
- Blog materials and tests.
- Слово и дело (business Russian course for the beginner to intermediate level, everyday business communication, listening possible);
- Деловая поездка в Россию (business Russian course for the upper-intermediate level).
Preparation for Russian language certificates:
- Тесты.тесты.тесты (2 books of tests, from beginner to advanced level);
- Русский язык. Цель и результат (Test for the B1 certificate level);
- 112 тестов по русскому языку как иностранному (from A1 to B1 levels);
- Теcты по русскому языку как иностранному (B2-C1 levels).
3. Are you a professional and experienced teacher?
- 3.1 My work experience and other skills
- You can check my CV here
- I've been working in language teaching for 10 years now;
- I've been teaching Russian for foreigners over Skype for 7 years;
- I did a special preparation course for Russian language teacher at the Pushkin Institute (Moscow, Russia);
- I currently work at the Spanish Embassy in Moscow giving Russian classes to the employees;
- I deal with people from all over the world;
- I've got a 4-year experience working at University;
- I have an official online tutor's diploma;
- I speak 5 foreign languages fluently (Spanish, English, German, French, Italian).
4 What about the prices and payment?
- The first trial lesson (60 minutes) is free;