My name is Irina Lutsenko. I am a teacher of English as a foreign language based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I received my degree in teaching English in 2004 and have been a teacher of English since. Over 10 years in the profession, I have taught teenagers, university students, and adults. The courses I have taught include General English, Business English, IELTS and TOEFL preparation. My interest areas lie in different aspects of writing and speaking skills.
Being an enthusiastic teacher, I continue my professional growth non-stop. I have completed teacher development courses in the UK and Ireland. I attend seminars on exam preparation and take online courses on speaking and writing skills development. In order to be in good shape as an exam trainer, I take international exams in English on a regular basis. My current IELTS Academic score is 9 (May 2016), with two previous being 8.5 (September 2013 and November 2011). My TOEFL score is 115 (November 2013).
In 2015, I won Fulbright FLTA grant and spent a year teaching Russian at the University of New Haven (CT, USA). In addition, I was a non-degree student at UNH and took the following courses: “Public Speaking and Group Discussion,” “Speaking and Writing for Professionals,” “Introduction to Creative Writing,” and “American History since 1607.” Participating in Fulbright FLTA program is my proudest achievement.
Being an enthusiastic person, I am always up for an adventure in English, be it an essay contest about teaching, creating subtitles for a TED talk or writing poetry. (Yes, I’ve done all of those things in English.) I share my fascinating journey through learning and teaching English in my blog. My post called “10,000 hours of English – how do you teach yours?” was featured on Oxford University Press ELT Global Blog.
My students say I inspire them. I certainly hope to help you improve your English and inspire you along the way.
Do you have questions? Contact me and don’t hesitate to ask!