About me

How it all started

I have been in the teaching profession since I graduated from Novosibirsk Pedagogical University in 1979. For almost 30 years it has been English as a foreign language (feels like a life sentence now!) but in December 2005 there happened to be a twist in my career...
At Leicester University there's a programme called "Languages at Leicester" which offers tuition in ten languages www.le.ac.uk . When the programme started, Russian used to be some sort of "exotic" language with only a handful of enthusiasts who wished to learn it. 
I picked up the group in the middle of the academic year when it was in danger of closure because it was too small. Fortunately, the Programme Management gave the group a chance to finish the course and we all worked hard to do so! I got hooked on my native language and have been teaching it ever since, and the more I do it the more fascinating it feels! I teach students from different countries at "Languages at Leicester" as well as children at "Matrioshka" Russian language school and one-to-one lessons via Skype.

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My education and work experience


2000 - 2004: PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education at De Montfort University, Leicester

1999 - 2000: Familiarisation Course for Overseas Graduates at University of Leicester School of Education

1990: 6 month course of Advanced Teaching at Novosibirsk Institute of Advanced Training of Teachers

1974 - 1979: Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, Faculty of Foreign Languages (Diploma in English and German)

1963 - 1973: Secondary School, Novosibirsk, Russia


2012 – present: External examiner for Russian courses, Coventry University

2012  - present:  Editorial assistant, “Ruslan” Russian course books

2005 - present: Russian tutor at "Languages at leicaster" programme, University of Leicester

2006 - 2009: English as a foreign language tutor, MABT (Midlands Academy of Business and Technology), Leicester

2000 - 2005: English as a foreign language tutor at Irwin College, Leicester

2000: Invigilator at De Montfort University, Leicester

1998 - 2000: Supply teacher, various secondary schools in Leicester

1992 - 1997: Senior English tutor at YMCA, Russia, Novosibirsk

1998 - 1992: Teacher of English in secondary schools, Novosibirsk

1986 - 1987: English tutor at Novosibirsk Academy of National Economy

1979 - 1986: Teacher of English in secondary schools, Novosibirsk