I am an effective and engaging presence in a classroom, whether teaching English as a foreign language to students of all backgrounds, ages and abilities, or teaching Russian history and culture to undergraduates. I have years of experience teaching both subjects, as well as designing syllabuses and individual lesson plans, and setting and assessing coursework and examinations. I am equally at home teaching in corporate environments.

I am a firm believer in the value of Continuous Professional Development: there is always something new to learn. To that end, as well as regularly attending ACET CPD workshops, I recently completed Delta modules 1 and 3, obtaining a Merit in each, and if the Coronavirus shutdown allows, I hope to complete Module 2 successfully in May 2020.

I am currently working for ACET in Ho Chi Minh City. For family reasons, I hope to relocate to Malaysia by early 2021. To that end, I would be very interested in considering offers that would enable me to do so.

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2018: Teacher, Academic English and First Steps Programmes, ACET, Ho CHi Minh City, Vietnam
ACET has a strong emphasis on preparing students to attend Anglophone academic institutions. The Academic English programme and the First Steps curriculum (which is aimed at younger teenagers) are designed to help students perform well in the IELTS test and to equip them for their studies overseas. The ACET Academic English pathway provides direct access to dozens of Australian Higher Education establishments.

2017: EFL teacher, Orange Language Center, St. Petersburg, Russia
Teaching EFL to older children and adults of varying degrees of ability. Despite the demands of a six-day-week, I was able to consistently deliver authentic, appropriate input to the students in creative and engaging ways.

2016-2017: Lecturer, Intensive English Programme, City University College of Science & Technology, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Teaching EFL to a large mixed-ability group of adults, ranging in age from 18 to late 50s. The group met each day for four hours, meaning that I needed to draw on my experience and creativity to design lessons using coursebooks and additional materials in such a way as to maintain energy and interest levels throughout.

2008-2010: Teaching Assistant, University of Manchester:
Teaching undergraduate level courses on Russian history and culture. As well as using my outstanding presentational and classroom management skills to convey information effectively in lectures and to maximise learning opportunities while facilitating seminars, I also developed the materials used in both settings. Other duties involved creating and assessing examinations, marking coursework, and offering guidance and support to individual students.

1999-2001: EFL teacher and acting director of studies, Relod-Yug, Krasnodar, Russian Federation:
I was recruited by Relod-Yug specifically to teach business and conversational English on-site at a very prestigious client, the multi-national corporation Philip Morris. I taught an average of 36 contact hours per week, to groups and individuals of all abilities. I designed syllabuses and lesson plans around the client’s key criteria of conversational fluency and clarity of written communication in a corporate environment. I also set and assessed written and oral examinations to gauge student progress. Whilst at Relod-Yug, I completed the process of becoming an examiner for the Cambridge EFL examination suite (FCE, CAE and CPE).

1998: EFL teacher, Language Link, Krasnodar, Russia:
I taught English to older children and adults of all ages and abilities, in groups and individually, using coursebooks and additional materials to create appropriate, engaging and effective lessons.

1994: EFL teacher, Benedict School, St. Petersburg, Russia:
I gained my TEFL certificate from The Benedict School, who then engaged me to teach groups of students comprising teenagers and adults of all abilities, and also groups at an important corporate client: Delta Telecom. The Benedict School continued to observe my lessons and offer feedback, allowing me to hone my skills as an EFL teacher.