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Our Teachers


Julia Sokolova

Julia Sokolova

is one of the youngest and most promising specialists of our centre. She graduated from the philological faculty of the State Russian Language Institute Pushkin specialising in teaching Russian as a foreign language. She has a master’s degree of philology and wrote her thesis “The technique of adapting literary texts according to the level of proficiency in Russian (Level A2) and grammar studied to pass the TORFL”. She has a great experience in teaching Russian as a foreign language on summer courses at the State Russian Language Institute Pushkin and at the People’s Friendship University of Russia (PFUR). Between 2006 and 2009, she was involved in the organisation of the Student Club International Friendship. She specialises in adapting contemporary literature for a foreign audience (the stories of young writers – A. Andronov, E. Dobrova, O. Izhenyakovoy, etc.). During her classes Yulia works with material treating the cultural aspects of contemporary life in Russia. She is fluent in English and German.


Elena Konovalova

Elena Konovalova

graduated from the Faculty of Philology at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), specialising in teaching Russian as a foreign language. She’s been working as a teacher in our centre “Ruslanguage” since its foundation. She has a great experience in teaching members of diplomatic missions in Moscow (Among them, the members of the Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese and Spanish embassies), and also work with private foreign companies (Samsung, Panasonic, Auchan, HSBC bank, etc.) She conducts courses for students of different levels, specialised in courses for beginners and intermediate students. She is using different methods of teaching and corrects each student individually during her class. The combination of a communicative approach with the traditional study of grammar makes her classes interesting and productive. Elena Konovalova skilfully creates a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, a ideal condition to prepare our students to the TORFL exam (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language). She is fluent in English.


Tamara Melenteva

Tamara Melenteva

graduated from the faculty of philology at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) specialising in teaching Russian as a foreign language. She then received a degree at the Department of Neuro-psychology and Psychology at Moscow State University. She has an extensive experience teaching Russian as a foreign language in Russian and foreign universities. Tamara Melenteva has been working in our school since its opening, she is our advising counsellor in the choice of training programs’ textbooks. She is the author of a large number of publications, including manuals in Russian language for foreigners, books about the history of Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of Russian culture, as well as the “Methods of teaching foreign languages in the light of the functional asymmetry of the hemispheres of the brain” and the initial course of Russian language “Use your brains right” for those with right hemisphere dominance of the brain. Tamara Melenteva develops individual programs for each student based on the latest research in psychology and cognitive sciences. She is working with students of different level of Russian knowledge, provides educational material on a wide culturo-logical background, using new study supports presented in her book “The Vitruvius formula”. She has an extensive use of press materials as well as internet. Tamara is fluent in English.


Tatyana Shalaeva

Tatyana Shalaeva

graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) philological department specialising in Russian as a Foreign Language and received a Ph.D. from the Vinogradov Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She was a student researcher at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. She started working at the department of Russian language for foreigners at the philological institute at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2010. She conducts scientific researches, has a number of publications on Slavic linguistic both in Russia and abroad, and participates in international conferences. Students’ comments about Tatiana’s conducting her classes confirm her excellence.


Dmitry Kryukov

Dmitry Kryukov

graduated from the faculty of philology at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) specialising in teaching Russian as a foreign language and post graduated from the State Russian Language Institute Pushkin. Since 1994, he is working as an lecturer in the department of Russian language for foreigners in the Faculty of Philology at Lomonosov Moscow State University. In addition to the practical work, Dmitry Valentinovich is involved in semantic and lexicography researches at the Russian Academy of Education. He supervises practical training in a group of foreign under-graduated and graduated students, and conducts workshops on Russian literature for foreigners, specialising with the work of Gogol, Chekhov, Bulgakov. His course “Russia Today” is based on different materials from the Russian media, and has a consistently high rating among foreign students. He is the author of special courses on Russian politic, culture and history as well as a number of methodological developments, which are widely used in the learning process of foreign students in our Centre. He is fluent in English.


Evguenia Pleschunova

Evguenia Pleschunova

graduated from the philology faculty at the Lomonosov Moscow State University specialising in teaching Russian as a foreign language. She’s been working for over twenty years with foreigners, teaching in different universities in Russia and abroad. She worked as a Russian teacher at Matanzac University in Cuba, taught Russian in Germany, in the cities of Gera, Magdeburg and Berlin. Evgenya Pleschunova participates in various international conferences concerning the improving methods of teaching Russian to foreigners. She was the head of section for English teachers at London university. She is the author of several manuals, including “Commenting on a literary text with questions and tasks” (based on the works of Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Bulgakov), as well as texts and tasks for beginners in Russian. Evgenya Pleshunova has a high degree of proficiency in English and the elaboration of the present techniques allow her to teach beginners as well as students of advanced level. She is using a technique of intensive teaching Russian for foreigners.


Ekaterina Kulikova

Ekaterina Kulikova

graduated with honours from the philological faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University, specialising in “Philology. Russian Language and Literature.” After defending her thesis, she graduated as candidate of philological sciences. She also received her diploma allowing her to perform certification testing of Russian language for foreigners (TORFL). Since 2005, she is working as a teacher at the Department of Russian Language for foreigners at the philological faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Many of her research works have been published in scientific publications, as well has her own methodological developments which are used in the educational process. Ekaterina is regularly invited to various universities in Europe as a consultant for technical aspects of the TORFL exam according to the State testing program of Russian language. She has an extensive experience working with foreigners of different categories: students, holder of master, businessmen, diplomats. She is actively involved in extracurricular life of our students, organising tours, meetings, special celebrations. Her classes are fun and instructive, Ekaterina always finding the way to motivate and increase students’ interest in learning Russian language, history and culture. She is fluent in English.


Irina Antonova

Irina Antonova

graduated from the Philological Faculty at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) with a degree in Russian language and literature, specialising in teaching Russian as a Foreign Language. She is currently a senior lecturer of the humanitarian faculties of the Moscow State University, teaching Russian language for foreign students. In 2002, she attempted the international seminar “Linguodidactic testing” of the department of upgrading qualifications to improve her professional skills. Irina Antonova, is among the most skilled and qualified teachers of the university. She has an extensive teaching experience and works with various categories of students. She is the author of a number of articles and manuals specialised on the syntax, syntactic synonyms, lexical and semantic problems. Irina prepares students for the TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) level 1 and 2. She is very popular among students who enjoy her classes in groups. She also teaches a special course of Russian business and communication. In 2005, for 250th anniversary of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Irina Antonova was awarded with the price of the Jubilee.


Elena Bulanova

Elena Bulanova

graduated with honours from the Philological Faculty at the Stavropol State Pedagogical Institute specialising in teaching Russian as a foreign language. Since 1994, she is a senior lecturer of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), where she is giving lectures about the phonetic and teaches the history of Russian literary language. Elena conducts workshops for students of different levels, from beginners to advanced. She is using a communicative approach in her course, introducing new forms and methods of work. She has a great experience working in foreign universities. In 2005-2006, she was invited by the Japanese Ministry of Education to teach Russian language in the Tokay University. She is the author of several articles and manuals about Russian language, including her most famous “Manual for Short Term Course”.


Tatyana Kuznetsova

Tatyana Kuznetsova

graduated from the faculty of philology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University specialising in teaching Russian as a foreign language. For over 30 years, Tatyana Kuznetsova worked in many different universities around the world. She is using a method of teaching intensive course of Russian as a foreign language with her students. She is not only able to teach adults, intern and graduated students, but has also a great experience in teaching Russian to foreign children.


Patimat Kotikova

Patimat Kotikova

is a candidate of philological sciences senior lecturer, teaching Russian as a foreign language at the philology faculty at Lomonosov Moscow State University. She wrote more than 30 research articles. In 2003, she received a diploma allowing her to perform certification testing of Russian language for foreigners. She prepares foreign students for their TORFL exams.

All the teachers of our Centre Ruslanguage have an extensive experience in teaching Russian language to foreigners. They teach in the department of the Russian language of the Lomonosov Moscow State University and at the Pushkin Institute of Russian Language. They regularly participate in numerous international scientific conferences.

Their names appear regularly on the covers of textbooks and manuals of Russian language for foreigners.

Our teachers are here to provide you with the best preparation for the certification exams. Several of them work at the Center for certification to the Moscow State University.

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