Hello! My name is Maria. I am an English teacher, examiner, and course creator.
I was born in the historic city of Yaroslavl on the mighty Volga river. In 2008, I graduated from Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University named after K.D. Ushinsky with honours. As a student, I took part in Work and Travel USA program. While in America, I sharpened my language skills and came to realize that teaching English to others could be a rewarding career path.
After university, I landed my first teaching job. Since then, I have worked with people of different ages and professions who needed English for different purposes. Over the years, I have learnt different approaches to teaching English. I am a talented course creator, and all my students enjoy the benefits of tailor-made programs. I always use the latest editions of the best teaching materials and combine them with trusted Internet resources and my own worksheets. I have experience in General and Business English, exam preparation and career-oriented courses. In 2012, I became an official speaking examiner for the Cambridge ESOL examinations: KET, PET, FCE, and CAE. Incidentally, I have a first-hand experience of preparing for CPE, which I successfully passed in 2010.
However, it's IELTS courses that I consider my main specialty. I like the logic and fairness of the exam, its real-life content, and a big choice of preparation materials. I also have my own programs developed for test-takers of the Intermediate and Advanced levels. At the lessons, I involve my students in a lot of speaking practice and teach them the skills they need to succeed in the exam.
I currently live in Croatia with my husband and little daughter. I enjoy walking, swimming, and travelling. In my free time, I practise yoga, read English books and watch British and American TV.