I’m an EFL teacher and I have been one for over 12 years. I have a Specialist degree in TEFL from Moscow City Pedagogical University. I am currently employed as an English language instructor at a private university in central Tokyo, where I moved in April 2015 to take my career on a new level. I hope I’ll one day do something of value, including writing a book, teaching students and working with teachers in developing countries, and maybe writing my own column on language, teaching and culture for a newspaper or a magazine.
As for my teaching career…
- I worked as a school teacher in Moscow for 2 years, working with both primary and secondary school students.
- I worked for 5 years at Lomonosov Moscow State University teaching General English, ESP and EAP to undergraduate and post-graduate students of Physics. I created a website for English Language Department of Physics faculty, and helped to create materials and textbooks for internal use at the faculty.
- I taught General and Business English courses to in-company and private adult students for more than 6 years.
- I was an English teacher in a private international high school in Tokyo for a year, teaching conversational English, Extensive Reading, as well as two courses that I designed specifically for the students in this school – Social Media Safety course and Culture course.
There are other ways I have pursued professional development:
- I used to be an associate blogger for TeachingEnglish website (when I had more time on my hands…)
- I’m very proud to be an iTDi Associate, a regular blogger for and the curator of the iTDi Blog, working with a wonderful team of educators from all over the globe. Be sure to click the link and explore the website of the International Teacher Development Institute and what it has to offer for you, which is a lot.
- I regularly take part in ELT conferences both in Japan and in other countries, presenting and doing workshops.
- I’m a co-organizer of the Reflective Practice Tokyo group, and the facilitator of its monthly meetings.
- In 2017 and 2018 I helped to organize and hold an independent conference for English language teachers – excitELT in Tokyo, Japan.
- In March 2018 with a group of volunteers from Teachers Helping Teachers (JALT SIG) I travelled to Can Tho and Hue in Vietnam to participate in seminars for Vietnamese English teachers.
Other projects that are fun and that I *used to* run:
– #ELTworkplaces – a Tumblr blog where teachers from all corners of the world share pictures of their workplaces, reflect on what’s motivating them
– #FlashmobELT – a Lino board with crowdsourced activities for use in the classroom, on-the-go. It’s a game with rules and rules are right there on the introduction sticky note.
to be continued