My name is Will and I'm a native English speaker with a very high level of Russian. Apart from 3 years in Russia, I've lived in the UK my whole life, but I have always loved languages and travelling. During my time in Russia I immersed myself in the culture and gained a high understanding of Russia and the Russian people as a whole. I studied Russian there as well as teaching English and developing my skills as a translator. I also have a good level of French and knowledge of a few other European languages.
I am a friendly and easy going person and enjoy meeting new people.
Like the majority of English people I am a big football fan, but I have many other interests. I am a musician and singer who enjoys performing and I am very keen on photography. Other interests include history, cars, travelling, the outdoors and flying.
I taught English full time whilst I was living in Russia, where I had students of all different ages, both in groups and in individual classes. I spent 6 months as an assistant at a Russian lycée straight after finishing school in the UK. This gave me a great introduction to teaching and was very important in my development as a teacher. I moved on to work in a language school after that, where I was given the chance to have my own English group for a term. I gradually gained more and more groups as well as an increasing number of individual students. I worked with all levels of student, from people wanting to learn the very basics of English up to confident speakers who wanted to develop their knowledge and abilities.
Since returning home to the UK I have volunteered at my old school, providing help in Russian lessons.
As someone that has learnt Russian from the ground up, I have a strong understanding of the difficulties met by English students when learning Russian. Having taught both Russian and English I can see what confuses people in both of the languages in terms of grammar and idioms and therefore can help students to tackle this.
For those just starting out, I am able to teach basic grammar and work with study materials. As someone who finished school only a few years ago, the process of learning Russian is still very much fresh in my mind and I can use this to my students' advantage.
I believe the most important part of language learning is confidence and so I try to make my students feel as comfortable as possible and encourage conversation. I strive to make my lessons engaging for each of my students, tailoring the lessons to their interests.
I'm fully aware that some people struggle with conventional language learning techniques and so am open to using different methods to suit the individual student.
I truly believe that learning another language is one of the most important things you can do and that it will benefit you throughout your life.
|Languages||English (British), Russian|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Ipswich School||2012||School||A-level Russian - A|
|Ipswich School||2010||School||GCSE Russian - A*|
|English (Foreign Language)|