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Teaches: English

Languages: English, Russian

55, Male, From Minneapolis, United States, Living in Odessa, Ukraine

Local time: Nov 29, 2015 02:07   (E. Europe Standard Time)

BS in teaching English, graduating with honors. For 3+ years I've been teaching in Ukraine. Conversational, business, or academic English, & test preparation classes. I am also a member of MENSA.
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145 - 200 ITC per hour
=14.5-20.0 USD

Looking for students for lessons or practice. Schedule a trial session. My schedule is pretty full, as people are booking packages, so don't delay! I can always make room for a motivated student! View time schedule Contact Teacher

Professional Lessons  

180 ITC per hour
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200 ITC per hour
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Preparation for international exams
  • English
  • 19 completed session(s)
  • Package
200 ITC per hour
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Guided, structured English lessons
  • English
  • 216 completed session(s)
  • Package
200 ITC per hour
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Informal Tutoring  

Informal Tutoring: English
  • 25 completed session(s)
145 ITC per hour
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30 minute trial session

90 ITC 30 minutes
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About alien

From 1987--2002, I had a number of teaching positions, primarily in the US, teaching all subjects to students from 9-13 years old, though I did have a 2-year-spell in Japan, where I taught English as a Second Language. After 15 years, though, I was burned out from teaching in the public school system. I tried a number of jobs, but that's all they were----jobs to pay the bills. I am only happy when I am teaching, so in 2011, I decided to leave the US and teach ESL again, this time in Ukraine. I love the country here, and plan to stay. I have now been on this site for 3 years, and as you can see by my reviews, I have helped a lot of people. Many of my students are opting for packages, as they recognize that I KNOW how to teach.
I prefer to teach higher-level students--intermediate and above, but I will offer conversation classes to anyone.

My services are as follows:
A) 30-minute trial lesson 90 ITC
B) 60-minute conversation class Simply speaking about whatever subjects come up, no preparation for either the student or the teacher, but you will receive feedback on what to work on. 180 ITC
C) 60-minute English class, featuring the Headway or Face to Face series, with supplemental materials and texts supplied by me. 200 ITC
D) 60-minute Business English class, featuring the Market Leader series, with supplemental materials and texts provided 200 ITC
E) 60-minute International English Exams tutorials. The student provides me with the materials for their test, except for the IELTS, which I already have 200 ITC

For option E, above, the student must commit to AT LEAST 2 classes per week, and I strongly recommend that any students opting for C or D likewise commit to a twice-a-week schedule. Discounted rates on packages, as I'd rather have a smaller number of committed students. I can supply electronic versions of all of these texts at no charge.

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Teaching Specialities

  • Teenagers

  • Business

  • Test Preparation




Teaching Tools

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Work Experience

    • Lead teacher
    • Bridge School
    • 2011 - present
    • Odessa Ukraine
    Lead teacher—developed curriculum for children's day-camps and corporate groups, taught both individual and group classes, gave professional seminars and tutored for international examinations, taught every level from beginner to advanced, evaluated textbooks and prospective students, and proofread translations
    • 5th grade teacher
    • San Bernardino Public Schools
    • 2000 - 2001
    • San Bernardino United States
    • Classroom teacher
    • Chicago Public Schools
    • 1994 - 1999
    • Chicago United States
    • Lead teacher
    • GEOS Language System
    • 1989 - 1991
    • Nagasaki Japan
    • Master Teacher
    • Key Factor
    • 2012 - present
    • Odessa Ukraine
    Given my experience and training, I am always the lead teacher at my schools, and I often provide lessons for the other teachers. I charge more because I am worth it, and my schedule is usually filled, but if you are serious about learning English, I want to help!


    • St Cloud State University
    • 1979 - 1983
    Bachelor's , English
    Graduated Cum Laude, and minored in Rhetoric
    • Macalester College
    • 1986 - 1987
    Bachelor's , Elementary Education
    Received certification to teach elementary school

 Professional Teacher

Completed sessions 423
Students 85
Professional Lessons
Informal Tutoring
Instant Tutoring
Teacher sinceDec 12, 2012
Last session Aug 27, 2015