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).
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.
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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"Teacher is always punctual, prepared and prepares interesting lessons. "CB, Washington DC
"Class well organized and teacher used relevant material."CB, Washington DC
"Excellente professeure. Bien organisée. Matériel écrit très utile. Bonne méthode. Impressionnante connaissance des règles de grammaire. Sait répondre à toute question! "BE, Montreal
"Natalia Russian class is excellent. She has so much energy and enthusiasm, and is always very prepared. She is able to make my three year old daughter feel comfortable, and makes learning fun.""KA, Montreal
"Listens closely and corrects mistakes. Provides interesting materials for reading practice and discussions. Lets me complete sentences before correcting. Good lessons."CB, Washington DC
"(en français plus bas) Elena is an excellent teacher, very attentive. She provides rich learning material, better than any textbooks I've come across! She is fun and it's a pleasure to learn with her. Also, she is very helpful in helping to grasp a glimpse of the "Russian soul" buried in grammar rules :) which is absolutely fantastic. She is at least trilingual which is super helpful as she can make informed comparisons between languages. A++, without any reservation.
Elena est une excellente enseignante, attentive. Le matériel qu'elle fournit avant les cours est d'une grande richesse, meilleur que tout ce que j'ai déjà pu trouver dans des manuels. Elle possède une personnalité vraiment agréable, c'est un plaisir de travailler avec elle. De plus, et c'est tout à fait formidable, elle arrive à faire saisir les particularités de "l'âme russe" à travers la grammaire !!! Elle est polyglotte, ce qui lui permet de faire des comparaisons sensibles entre les particularités de différentes"AP, Quebec
"All was very helpful!! The teaching and the materials"MJ, Montreal
"Elena is patient, good at identifying shortcomings in students and adapts well to fill those gaps. Under her tutelage, I have progressed significantly in a relatively short time, and have learned about Russian history and culture in the process!"CM, Montreal