I am originally from Russia, but I have lived in several countries including the UK, New Zealand and, most recently, Turkey where I spent three years teaching English and coordinating the work of the Curriculum Design and Materials Development office at an Intensive English Program (also known as Prep School) at a private university in Kayseri.
I have been teaching English for over eight years, including two years as Director of Studies at a language school in Novosibirsk, Russia. I attained my CELTA in New Zealand in 2012 and my I received my DELTA in 2016. After completing my DELTA, I returned to my hometown of Novosibirsk, Russia, where I got to try my hand in teaching training at a private language school. I also got certified to teach Russian as a Foreign Language by earning a Diploma in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language from the Russian Language Centre of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University and got my first Russian teaching experience.
I am currently based in Tennessee, USA where I continue to teach English as a Second Language (mostly online). I am also embarking on a new career path by training to be a medical interpret.
I created this blog as a way to share my ideas and my experience with other ESL/EFL teachers and as a way to keep a record of the things that worked for my students. I love sharing ideas with my peers – I am constantly inspired by the amazing ideas my colleagues and fellow bloggers come up with. I am a passionate material developer and I love creating/adapting materials that meet the needs of my students and engage them in learning. I also believe that, as educators, we need to keep up with the times and use the latest technology in the classroom to our advantage.