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Teacher: Elena Albina (Quebec)

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Course description:

My teaching methods are inspired by four classical approaches which vary from students' needs and interests: traditional (e.g.translation), direct (e.g. dialogues questions-answers), structural (e.g. grammar exercises) and communicative (e.g. production of documents by students and teacher).

Teaching approach:

As a social constructivist, I am deeply convinced that learning is an active process, where the role of the teacher is not simply to transfer knowledge but to provide students with all possible tools to encourage them for creative self-work and further independent discovery.

Course program:

Since my appoach is result-oriented, I ask my sudents to produce some documents after each lesson and to put them in a specially assigned folder in Dropbox, so that I could correct them before the next lesson starts. For pure beginners who only start learning alphabet, it might be writing by hand letters and words in printed and cursive forms and registering their reading. For more advanced students, the tasks could be answering to the questions to the audio texts I read and we discussed during the lesson (the list of new words is distibuted before), constructing dialogues and texts based on the specific grammar structures and chosen vocabulary topics, answering to multiple-choice exercices available in Russian language web-sites, translating to French students' own texts written earlier in Russian and corrected by me a lesson before. Besides, from time to time I also conduct some general tests of their knowledge followed by spontaneous conversation on the topics we studied before. This latter method allows me to reveal the gaps in their knowldge and to reconstruct my future lessons accordingly.

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1070 Chemin De La Rive Sud St-Romuald, Lévis QC G6W 5M5
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Elena Albina

City / Country of origin: Kazan, Russia

Mother language: Russian

Spoken languages: English, French, Other


Russian by origin, a recent graduate of the Master’s program in educational technologies at Laval University (Quebec city), I am offering courses of Russian language in the forms of traditional, blended and online learning (by Skype). My knowledge of English, French and some basics of Dutch (before arriving to Canada I had been studying for six years in Belgium), allowed me to understand better teaching methods of Russian as a foreign language by means of comparative linguistic analogies and intercultural references.

My teaching philosophy is learner-centered, which means that my methods are easily adapted to your knowledge level, pace of learning and personal objectives. In terms of structure, each lesson is subdivided into five elements: 1) conversation (which aims to develop student's capacity to ask questions and to respond to them using correct grammar structures); 2) grammar training (which aims to develop student's capacity to build phrases using particular grammar structures); 3) listening (which aims to develop student's capacity to understand correctly the meaning of the audio extracts from different sources); 4) writing (which aims to develop student's capacity to write by hand and to type in Russian); 5) reading (which aims to develop student's capacity to understand texts of different complexity, varying from simple texts, songs to more complex political news and classical literature extracts).

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Russe d’origine, diplômée récemment de la maîtrise en technologie éducative à l’Université Laval, je propose des cours de russe en présentiel, en mode hybride et en ligne. La maîtrise de l’anglais et du français, ainsi que les connaissances de base du néerlandais (j’ai étudié pendant six ans en Belgique) m’a permis de mieux comprendre les méthodes d’enseignement du russe en tant que langue étrangère par les analogies et les références interculturelles.

Ma méthode d’enseignement repose sur les cinq volets adaptés à votre niveau, à votre rythme d’apprentissage et à vos besoins: 1) conversation (qui vise à développer la capacité de poser des questions et de répondre à eux) ; 2) étude structurelle de grammaire (qui vise à développer la capacité de construire les phrases en utilisant les structures étudiées) ; 3) écoute de textes (qui vise à développer la capacité de comprendre les extraits d’émissions de radio et de films russes); 4) écriture (qui vise à développer la capacité d’écrire à la main et de taper les textes sur les sujets discutés en classe) ; 5) lecture (qui vise à développer la capacité de lire les actualités, ainsi que les récits d’écrivains modernes).

À bientôt.

Владея свободно тремя языками (английским, французским и родным русским), я даю частные уроки русского языка в форме традиционных занятий, а также по интернету (по скайпу). Мой метод преподавания включает в себя пять основных аспектов: 1) развитие разговорных навыков; 2) структурное изучение грамматики; 3) аудирование; 4) развитие письменной речи; 5) чтение. Приоритетность этих аспектов будет выбрана в зависимости от ваших целей обучения (будь то развитие базовых разговорных навыков, или совершенствование лексического запаса), темпа обучения и уровня знаний. Дидактический материал (распечатка учебников, страниц веб-сайтов, создание звуковых файлов на основе прочитанных текстов, итд.) включен в стоимость занятий.

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Master of arts in Educational technologies, Laval University, Quebec, Canada, 2016.
PhD (kandidat nauk), Political Science, Kazan State University (Russia), 2005.
B.A. (diplom spetsialista) – International Relations, Kazan State University (Russia), 2002.


My first experience of teaching where I applied foreign language teaching methodology was in Russia, where I gave private lessons of English to secondary school students and adults. Afterwards, as a PhD student in Belgium (2004-2009) I mastered my communication and pedagogical skills through preparing courses in Political science, organizing roundtable discussions, coaching masters' students theses and interpreting lectures from Russian to French and English. Since 2010, in response to demands of my friends and colleagues, I began to give private lessons of Russian in Quebec.
Starting from spontaneous conversations with my friends, nowadays my clientele has grown to the students with diverse needs and level of knowledge, thanks to my needs analysis techniques and rigorous planning in advance which include audio records of texts, scanned documents of diverse didactic materials published in France, Canada and Britain, links to useful web-sites, and an active use of Dropbox and Skype.

Courses by this teacher:

Learn Russian: Russian Language

Proficiency level

Your Russian proficiency level will be evaluated by the teacher according to this framework:

A1 - Beginner:

  • Understands familiar Russian expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs.
  • Can introduce him/herself and answer questions about personal details such as the place of residence and belongings.
  • Can hold a simple conversation in Russian if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 - Elementary:

  • Understands frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance like personal and family information.
  • Can communicate in routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and immediate needs.

B1 - Intermediate:

  • Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in everyday situations.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where Russian is spoken.
  • Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 - Independent:

  • Understands the main ideas of complex Russian text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  • Interaction with native Russian speakers can happen with fluency and spontaineity and without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear text on a wide variety of subjects and expose a point of view given the various options.

C1 - Advanced:

  • Understands a wide range of demanding, longer Russian texts, and recognizes implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use Russian flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce detailed, well-structured text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns and connectors.

C2 - Proficient:

  • Easily understands virtually everything heard or read in Russian.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments in a coherent presentation.
  • Expresses him/herself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.

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