- Senior Director of Studies, Moscow
- BA CH Russian and Spanish; TEFL certificate
- At Language Link since September 2012
Hi, my name's Emily and I'm from the south of England. I've always loved learning languages: I started learning French when I was 4 and went on to study many European languages when I was at school, including Spanish, Italian and German. I also very much enjoyed learning ancient languages like Latin and Greek and have even studied some Sign Language.
This love of languages led me to look for a new challenge when I was choosing my degree and I was immediately drawn to Russian. Despite struggling somewhat with the grammar, I fell in love with the language and when I came to Russia for my study abroad year, which I spent in Yaroslavl and Volgograd, I became equally attached to the country and the culture here. This led me to look for a job to move back here after I finished my degree and teaching English seemed like a natural choice. Living and working abroad is not always easy, but it is so rewarding and the experiences you have and the people you meet will stay with you forever.
Originally, I intended to come for a year and spent my first year in Stavropol, where I discovered that I enjoyed teaching English and living abroad so much that I wasn't ready to stop yet! However, I did decide that I wanted a taste of big city life in Russia, so I transferred up to Moscow and have been teaching at Central School ever since.
One of the things I like most about teaching is the opportunity for progress at every step of the way: after every lesson you can think about what went well and what didn't, and make changes accordingly; after attending workshops and seminars there are always new ideas to try out; and even just chatting with other teachers can get you inspired. The other thing I love is working with the students themselves, which sounds obvious, but when I see real progress and interest and passion from them, it really does motivate me to keep bringing fresh enthusiasm and ideas into the classroom, and I hope you will find the same!
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