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English Teacher & Tutor: Olena Hlazkova

Private lessons, classes in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada or online via email, text chat, voice chat, video conferencing.

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 Profile of Olena Hlazkova Date: April 24, 2015 
The Basics
Name: Olena Hlazkova
Feedback rating: 5 stars of 5 1 review
Self-study lessons: 3 stars of 5
1 online lesson
Language(s) to teach:
English

(N) = Also native language of teacher.
City: Edmonton
State, province or region: Alberta
Country: Canada
Services:
  • Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Lessons delivery:
  • Live in person
  • Email
  • Text chat
  • Voice chat
  • Video conferencing
  •  
    Program Summary
    Class sizes available:
  • Private Lessons
  • 2-3 students
  • 4-8 students
  • 9 or more students
  • Student proficiency levels:
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Facets available:
  • Grammar
  • Conversation
  • Study Abroad
  • Business
  • Test Preparation
  •  


    Teaching Approach


    Being myself a student of four+ foreign languages for most of my life, I am well aware of possible individual characteristi cs of a learner both from self-reflecti on on my own experience and analysis of my classmates. Now performing a role of a language instructor, I consider my learning experience to be my main advantage. In my opinion, there are no people with no gift to master a language; no matter their learning background, age or memory, success of the learning process depends a lot on the teacher’s attitude and ability to address differences turning them into advantages. From personal experience I know that this everyday challenge can be solved through the introduction of a combination of various activities (aimed at developing different skills) and learning materials (correspondin g to visual, audial, kinesthetic types of learners). While focusing on development of different skills, this combination addresses at the same time each person’s needs and peculiarities . Other important aspects that help overcome difficulties connected with diverse classrooms are teacher’s flexibility, positive attitude and creativity.
    Placing students in the centre of the learning process, I still believe it does not eliminate the importance of teacher’s role, who should perform the whole range of functions, from organizing and controlling the lesson to participating in activities together with the students. In my classes, I try to establish trustful and cooperative relationships between students and myself, which, in my opinion, helps create a positive learning atmosphere and motivation. I think in a friendly setting, not only the learning process is more successful but also assessing students` accomplishmen ts will not be treated as a critique. On the contrary, it may be turned into additional stimulus for self-improvem ent. Along with regular tests aimed at controlling the learning process and revealing the possible weaknesses, I also introduce peer review, which helps to establish cooperative and collaborative relationships among the students.


    Program Description


    I see my main goal in enabling undergraduate students to perform a successful communication in a variety of forms (speaking on the phone, writing a resume or simply listening to the radio in the foreign language) and feel comfortable in a target language community. In this respect, my teaching philosophy is based on communicative language approach along with the focus on the target culture. I also consider involving students into the meaning-focus communicative tasks aimed at development of all four language skills (writing, speaking, listening, reading) to be essential in the language learning process. The basis of my methodology constitute the following practical realization of CLT: providing the students with a variety of practice in possible real-life situations using simulations and role-plays, different ways of class organizations (individual work, pair-work etc.); their exposure to a variety of authentic materials (national music, cartoons, poetry, newspaper articles) which constitute an inseparable part of any language culture.
    Another important aspect of language teaching I find necessary is introduction into language classes various computer based programmes and digital devices which facilitate learning process and extend students` exposure to the target language. Besides, using modern technologies allows learners organize their studying time and process based on their schedule, pace of learning and personal preferences, which answers my aim to address individual needs and characteristi cs of each student individually. Though I am a true believer in effectiveness of CLT, I also think that the focus on communication should be combined with the development of grammar knowledge which contributes to conceptual understanding and cognitive skills. To reach this goal, in my classes, I combine explanations and grammar aspects analysis with practising theoretical knowledge in concrete exercises to reach not only fluency but also accuracy in both written and spoken speech.



    Teaching Experience


    Teaching practice 03.08.-05.08 General secondary specialized school № 71


    instr ucted 5th and 7th grade students with reading, grammar, writing, and phonetic skills; class sizes vary from 9 to 13 students
    dev eloped and adjusted curriculum to accommodate individual needs
    develo ped and improved professional competence
    p lanned and instructed each subject area using a wide variety of teaching aids, strategies and thematic units
    formed personal approach to teaching students the FL
    developed communication , speaking, interactional skills
    raise d the level of self-esteem
    successfully organized events for students to participate in culture events to raise cross cultural awareness
    as sisted in classroom management
    a wareness and attention to bringing the achievement testing scores in English to a higher average
    esta blished a learning environment to meet and enhance the children’s needs of emotional, intellectual, social and creative strength
    sub stituted class monitor
    inst ructed according to the teacher’s plans for the daily assignments

    On-line tutor Linguist.net 2009-2010
    -t eaching on-line using Skype Spanish, Russian, English

    La nguage instructor at the University of Alberta (UKR 111-112) 2010-2011



    Teacher Training


    2008- (Bachelor) English-Germa n Department, State Pedagogical University of Kryvyy Rih
    2009 – (Master) English-Germa n Department, State Pedagogical University of Kryvyy Rih
    2010 – 2012 (MA (course) in Applied Linguistics) Modern Languages and Culture Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada



    Frequently Asked Questions


    Teaching schedule is open to negotiation with the student, where the student is given the priority to settle the schedule at his/her convenience. The first trial lesson (30 minutes) is free. The payment conditions can also be discussed with the student.



    Cost of Lessons


    Ukrainian $ 25 CAN per hour
    Russian $ 25 CAN per hour
    Spanish $ 25 CAN per hour
    English TOEFL Preparation $ 35 CAN per hour
    English IELTS Preparation $ 35 CAN per hour (General/Acad emic)
    English CELPIP Preparation $ 35 CAN per hour (General/Acad emic)
    Busines s/Leisure English $ 30 CAN per hour
    GRE Test (Writing and Verbal reasoning) $50 CAN per hour


    Activity


    Profile Creation: April 28, 2011
    Profile Last Edit: April 24, 2015
    Last Login: June 8, 2015

    Response time of most recent learner enquiry: same day


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