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Harper - Russian Speaker - Dronfield S18, UK

Liudmila Harper

Dronfield S18, UK


I am a motivated and organized teacher with 32 years’ experience of teaching languages, and during this time I have specialized in developing a detailed understanding, and a wide range of skills in practicing teaching methods. I have also successfully developed and documented a set of English language teaching methods that were adopted by my local Teaching Authority.
I am a Russian born, I have leave to remain and work in Great Britain , and I am seeking an opportunity to bring my wide ranging and significant experience to a suitably challenging role.
I communicate confidently and effectively, and I strive always to meet the highest standards. I have a wide range of skills and strengths, and that during my career, I have gained many achievements, including having the highest pass rates of any languages teacher in my region.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards
Liudmila Harper
01246 462245
07535 851473


Russian Speaker

Work History

Teacher of English

Private Education

I became a full time private teacher, specialising in preparing students for their final school exams, and the TOFEL International Certificate in English. I tutored students in the age range from 6 to 18, as well as adults, including a number of medical professionals. I ran my own classroom and typically taught 10 class groups, numbering 50 or more students during a school year, and in this capacity, I have tutored in excess of 300 students in total. My main focus was on individual tailored lesson plans to meet each student's specific needs in order to help them reach their potential. I believe that in my home town, I was widely acknowledged as the best resource for language tutoring and new students had to wait 1 or 2 years before they could join one of my classes. Students who studied English with me, typically had excellent results in their school final exams, with a considerable number also passing TOFEL successfully, which in many cases enabled them to undertake advanced education studies abroad.

Stora Enso Company, and Ladenso Co

- Pitkyranta
- In addition to the above I offered courses in business English, to internationally based companies. I was retained under contract to run long term management training courses to instruct senior staff in a range of English language disciplines, including speaking, listening, writing and reading. Throughout the year, I ran 3 groups each of 10 students, with the objective of delivering engaging, coherent and motivating lessons. This included setting assignments and classroom activities, to meet the learning needs of individual students, who I sorted into small groups of similar skill levels. This entailed the preparation of classroom and coursework material, homework assignments and hand outs were appropriate. I was responsible for evaluating class work and homework assignments through graded tests, essays, reports and other tasks. At least 50% of my students were able to achieve a career promotion, this was partly as a result of them achieving a good standard in English, which in all instances, was a general condition for promotion of management staff.

Head of Languages

Pitkyranta Private Comprehensive School

I was invited to take responsibility of the Language Department of a newly formed private education establishment, aimed specifically at preparing students for University. The department had four teachers, and I was responsible for the planning and presentation of an interesting and varied programme of lessons. I was enthusiastic and keen to maintain an orderly, peaceful and positive learning environment and I planned and organized hands-on activities that encouraged active student participation/involvement and team work. I encouraged students to express themselves through poetry and writing novels, and my students won the interregional Theatre Competition in 2000. I played a key role in organising English speech competitions, English Clubs and English presentation study groups.

Teacher of English

Private Education

at this same time I was granted a license to teach English privately, and I provided lessons to groups of students ranging from ages 6 to 18. These lessons were aimed at supplementing school based learning, and improving the students' results in their state final exams. During this period I developed learning programmes which extended and reinforced the school curriculum taking account of the abilities and needs of every student, for this reason, groups were from 4 to 6 students in size. Many of the senior students achieved excellent results in all aspects of learning English as a foreign language, such as speaking, listening, writing and reading, this gave them much broader prospects for advancing their future educational aspirations.

Senior English teacher

Pitkyranta Principle State Comprehensive School

This job enabled me to experience first-hand the practical application of the methods and strategies I had developed whilst working in the State Education Department. I developed teaching materials and lesson plans tailored to individual groups and pupils of varying levels of ability, from Beginners to Advanced. I also evaluated and reported on student progress, and conducted in-house testing, tailoring lessons accordingly, and providing additional tutoring to those students requiring extra help. I was acknowledged as achieving outstanding results in the age groups from 7 to 18, with many students performing exceptionally well in their English exams. Regular meetings with the parents of my pupils confirmed that their children were able to communicate easily in English, with other children of their age, from other countries including neighbouring Finland. My final year students had a 90% pass rate in their school state exams, which was the highest level of achievement that had so far been obtained.

Pitkyranta State Education Department

I was responsible for the Teaching Methods Section of the Regional Education Authority, I was a specialist in Education Methods of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I was invited to undertake this role as a result of my previous success in the Vocational School. In this role I monitored and mentored all of the foreign language teachers in the region and I attended the lessons given by English teachers, providing assistance where appropriate. I organised methods meetings for English teachers, and co-ordinated the teachers' work in the region, providing project plans with regular meetings, workshops and seminars. I ran special tutoring sessions and discussion groups, and conducted training courses coaching teachers in developing their skills. I organised and lectured at a number of seminars on teaching methods, and taught English in various schools
conducted teacher evaluations and performed administrative duties. I also developed the framework for the introduction of Finnish as a new foreign language to the state schools, and was responsible for organising a number of cross boarder collaborative workshops with representatives of Finnish teaching establishments.

Pitkyranta Vocational School

to students between the ages of 15 and 18 an appropriate qualification in these subjects was mandatory for entry into university in Russia. My students had a success rate of 80 per cent, which was the highest within the all Foreign Language Departments of the secondary schools in the region on many occasions I gave open door English lessons to other teachers, using my lessons as an exemplar of an effective learning style. I represented my school at a number of regional symposiums to discuss teaching methods, and on several occasions gave lectures on grammatical subjects, working with students of different age groups. I was an advisor for the Foreign Language Club on fostering student leadership, and I organised social events, discussion groups designed to develop conversational skills and cultural events. I pioneered the incorporation of cultural and historical components into the curriculum to develop greater student interest, and expand learning material
Sports- swimming, aerobics and general keep fit.

Qualifications & Certifications

1981 - Teaching Diploma - Qualified as TEACHER of ENGLISH and GERMAN LANGUAGES (comparable to British Bachelor (Honours) degree standard, UK NARIC comparison available on request).

Karelian State Pedagogical Institute

English Language

University of Cambridge

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