25/04/2017
Days off in May
Please notice that the school and the office are closed on May 1
30/03/2017
Special offers for individual classes
In April and May you can book individual classes with up to 33% discount
27/03/2017
Easter Course
You still have a chance to join our Special Easter Course starting from April 10.

Academic Staff

The academic staff at the Russian Language School is a team of highly motivated teachers, university graduates who hold professional Russian language teaching qualifications. They have gained a wealth of experience from teaching Russian as a foreign language in Russian universities as well as overseas. Moreover, they have been recruited for their enthusiasm, commitment and dedication.

Friendly and approachable, our Russian language teachers and mentors at Derzhavin Institute understand the needs of students learning Russian language and take an active role in planning Russian language courses and special programmes.

In addition, most of our administrative staff are professional teachers as well.

Lidia Semenova Lidia Semenova

Education: PhD in Linguistics from the St. Petersburg State University. PhD Thesis: "Syntax of the Advertisement".

Lidia started teaching in 1995 and has taught Russian as a foreign language in a number of universities and international companies in Russia as well as overseas. She joined Derzhavin Institute in 2004. She specializes in teaching «conversation and oral practice,» «Russian studies,» «analytical reading» and «video course». Her academic interests are mostly in the sphere of «Russian language for business.» In 2007, Lidia participated in the international project "Judicial, Cultural and Linguistic Cooperation between Europe and Russia" organized by Derzhavin Institue in cooperation with the Russian Law Academy.

Lidia speaks English.

Tatiana Nikitina Tatiana Nikitina

Education: Diploma in Russian Language and Literature and Polish Language from the St. Petersburg State University.
Additional education:
Officially certified TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) tester TORFL 2,3,4 (2012). 

Tatiana started teaching in 1988 and has taught Russian as a foreign language in a number of universities and international companies in Russia, as well as abroad. Before joining Derzhavin Institute in 2005, she worked with students from Princeton, Harvard, Оxford and Cambridge. Tatiana specializes in teaching Russian studies and cultural studies to advanced students. Tatiana has written several coursebooks on writing and conversation.

Tatiana speaks English and Polish

Irina Rakova

Education: PhD in Linguistics from the St. Petersburg State University . PhD Thesis: “Speech lines of a genre of a literary confession of second half of XIX-th century”.
Additional education:
Test creation for students with different language levels (2012)

Irina started teaching in 2002 and has taught Russian as a foreign language at the St. Petersburg State University. Irina has taught in CIEE in St. Petersburg for 8 years. She joined Derzhavin Institute in 2012. She specializes in teaching; conversation and oral practiceanalytical reading”, “video course”, “listening comprehension”, “Russian studies” and “phonetics course`. Irina has written a textbook on listening comprehension.

Irina speaks English.

The author of the book "Russian for tourism industry"

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Daria Kotelnikova Daria Kotelnikova

Education: Diploma in Russian as a Foreign Language from the St. Petersburg State University.
Additional education:
Officially certified TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) tester TEL, TBL, TORFL1,2 (2010) 

Daria started teaching Russian language to foreign students in 2001. Daria specialises in teaching Russian language for beginners. In 2007-2008, Daria participated in the international project "Judicial, Cultural and Linguistic Cooperation between Europe and Russia" organized by Derzhavin Institue in cooperation with the Russian Law Academy.

She speaks English, Italian and French.

The author of the book "КЛАСС"

 

Maria Mishel Maria Mishel

Education: PhD in Philology. PhD Thesis: "Functional and Semantic Analysis of the Expressive Construction in the Language of the Press".
Additional education:
Officially certified TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) tester TORFL 2,3,4 (2010).

Maria started teaching in 2000. Before joining the Institute, she worked for 2 years in the Université de Bourgogne,France. She is mostly interested in teaching grammar, conversation and oral practice, Russian studies, reading, and listening comprehension. Maria specializes in teaching grammar to advanced students.

Maria speaks French and Spanish.

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Marina Melkozerova Marina Melkozerova

Education: Diploma in Russian as a Foreign Language from the St. Petersburg State University.
Additional education:
Officially certified TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) tester TEL, TBL, TORFL1,2 (2006);Test creation for students with different language levels (2012)

Marina began teaching in 2004. At Derzhavin Institute, she mostly teaches grammar, conversation and oral practice, reading, and listening comprehension. In addition, she specialies in teaching lexicology and Russian studies and has written some student textbooks on Russian studies.

Marina speaks Spanish.

Natalia Pashaeva Natalia Pashaeva

Education: MA in Russian Language and Literature from the St. Petersburg State University.
Additional education:
Officially certified TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) tester TEL, TBL, TORFL1,2 (2011) 

Natalia started teaching in 1986 and taught Russian as foreign language in a number of universities in Russia. She also taught Russian for two years at the Institute of Foreign Languages in Havana, Cuba. Natalia joined Derzhavin Institute in 2004. She specializes in teaching conversation and oral practice and grammar to advanced students.

Natalia speaks Spanish and English.

Elena Andreeva Elena Molodih

Education: PhD in Linguistics from the St. Petersburg State University . PhD Thesis: "Stylistics of the Stories of A.P.Chekhov ".
Additional education:
Test creation for students with different language levels (2012).

Elena started teaching in 1998 and has taught Russian as a foreign language at the St. Petersburg State University. She joined Derzhavin Institute in 2011. She specializes in teaching conversation and oral practice, Russian studies, and listening comprehension. Elena has written a coursebook on business language.

Elena speaks English.

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Ekaterina Grazhdankina Ekaterina Grazhdankina

Education: MA in Russian as a Foreign Language from the St. Petersburg State University.

Ekaterina started teaching in 2011, she participated in the Philology student research conferences in 2010 and 2011 as well as in the International Student Forum in connection to the Year of Russian Culture and Language in Italy (2011). Before joining Derzhavin Institute she worked in the Saint-Petersburg State University She is mostly interested in teaching grammar, conversation, oral practice and listening comprehension.

Ekaterina speaks English, Spanish and Italian.

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Anastasia Grosheva Anastasia Groshevа

Education: Diploma in Russian Language and Literature from the St. Petersburg Herzen University.
Additional education:
Test creation for students with different language levels (2012)Officially certified TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) tester TEL, TBL, TORFL1,2 (2015)

Anastasia started teaching in 1997 and has taught Russian as a foreign language at the St.Petersburg State University.She has taught in CIEE for 9 years. She joined Derzhavin Institute in 2013. Anastasia specializes in teaching conversation and oral practice, Russian studies, analytical reading and Russian literature. She has written a coursbooks on conversation.

Anastasia speaks English.

The author of the book "Russian literature of the 20th century - silver age"

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Anna Lenuar Anna Lenuar

Education: Diploma in Russian Language and Literature from the St. Petersburg State University.
Additional education:
Diploma in Law from the St. Petersburg State University (2003).

Anna started teaching in 1994 and has taught Russian as a foreign language and English in a number of universities and private language schools in St.Petersburg. She joined Derzhavin Institute in 2012. Anna specializes in teaching conversation and oral practice, as well as gramma to all levels of students.

Anna speaks English, French and German.

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Olga Tarakanova Olga Tarakanova

Education: MA in Russian as a Foreign Language from the St. Petersburg State University. Diploma in Russian Language and Literature from the Perm State University.

Olga started teaching in 2011. She joined Derzhavin Institute in 2012. She is mostly interested in teaching grammar, conversation and oral practice, writing comprehension to all levrls of students.

Olga speaks English and Italian.

 

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Gulina Anastasia Anastasia Gulina

Education: MA in Russian as a Foreign Language from the St. Petersburg State University.

Anastasiya started teaching in 2012. She joined Derzhavin Institute at the beginning of 2013. Before joining Derzhavin Institute she has taught Russian as a foreign language at the Saint-Petersburg State Chemical-Pharmaceutical Academy.
She specializes in teaching conversation and oral practice, as well as grammar to all levels of students.

Anastasia speaks English and French (basic).

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Gulina Anastasia Tatiana Sokolovskaya

Education: PhD in Linguistics from the St. Petersburg State University. PhD Thesis: "Linguistic identities of political leaders".

Tatiana started teaching in 1990 and has taught Russian as a foreign language at the St. Petersburg State University. She also taught Russian as a visiting professor for 8 years in a number of universities in South Korea. Tatiana specializes in teaching grammar, conversation and oral practice, listening comprehension to advanced students.

Tatiana speaks English.

 

 

Esmantova Tatyana Tatiana Esmantova

Education: Diploma in Russian as a foreign language from St. Petersburg State University.

Tatiana started teaching Russian for foreigners in 1997. She has been working with students of universities in many countries as well as with individual clients from various different businesses. She has taken part in different professional symposiums and conferences (MAPRYAL congress, exhibitions supported by the fund "Russian world"). She has been working at the Derzhavin Institute since 2013. As the author of the academic course "Russian language: 5 elements" (levels A1, A2, B1) - which has gained popularity in a number of different countries - Tatiana also holds seminars for teachers of Russian as a foreign language in Russia and abroad.

Foreign languages: English, German, French.

Polina Kolesnik Polina Kolesnik

Education: Diploma in Philology, specialization in teaching Russian as a foreign language from Ulyanovsk State University.

Polina has been teaching the Russian language to foreign students since 2008. She joined Derzhavin Institute in 2015. Before that, she had taught Russian as a foreign language in several universities and private language schools. Polina is qualified to teach learners at all levels.

Foreign languages: English

Larisa VasilenkovaLarisa Vasilenkova

Education: B.A. in Russian literature and M.A. in Russian for foreigners from the St. Petersburg State University.

Larisa specializes in teaching the Russian language to beginners and students of the basic level (A2) as well as conversation and oral practice for students of the level B1.

Foreign languages: English and Italian