I have taught Estonian and Russian at the Multilingua Language Center since 1998, supplementing my practical experience in studying at Tallinn University. My learners have always been adults, so I felt the need to develop myself in the field of adult education. In 2016 I received a Bachelor’s degree in andragogy at Tallinn University, and in 2018 I graduated with the Master’s degree on the same specialization.
As a language teacher for adults, I focus on the needs of the learners, be it daily communication, professional communication or preparation for a language proficiency examination. A native Russian speaker and as an independent speaker of Estonian, I know how to highlight the peculiarities of both languages, which I can draw attention to by drawing parallels with the mother tongue of the learners. Often, similarities in languages often help to learn the language, however, sometimes it is on the contrary: the language’s specificity is better remembered.
As a teacher of adult education, I can take into account the expectations of an adult learner, which is learning the things necessary for life and work, and the opportunity to be involved in the learning process. I am the implementer of active learning methods, and in language lessons, I put emphasis on developing communication skills and crossing the language barrier. I am convinced that learning a foreign language is better in a stress-free environment that is created together by the language teacher and language learners during a language lesson.