\\\\\\\I always proceed from the level and learning goals of my students. At hight levels I work according to an individual learner’s request, that can be literature, foreign affairs etc.
\\\\\\\If a learner is a beginner, I base my lessons on the dialog materials from the N.B. Karavonova’s manual “Survival Russian. A Course in Conversational Russian”. But as for vocabulary and grammar presentation, I do it according to my own methods. Those methods are the result of many years of practice in teaching Russian to foreigners.
\\\\\\\Why do I build my lessons this way? It’s because in the “Survival Russian” course, language material is systematized according to conversational needs, in contrast to the majority of other manuals where it’s done according to grammar topics. In other words, following the classical system, at first we would study the topic “Genders of nouns”, then “Possessive pronouns”, after that “Verbs in Present tense” etc. Surely all of these are necessary and very important. Unfortunately it takes you a pretty long time to understand how to use this necessary and important knowledge in your daily life. Instead I suggest my clients first study the topic “Greetings. Farewells”, then “Getting acquainted. Introductions”, then “About yourself”, after that “Using the phone” and so on. Of course working at these topics we study grammar – as far as we need it in such conversations. But in this case you remember grammar forms in definite phrases understanding when and why you could say it in your real life. Thus you can better feel the practical use of your classes.
\\\\\\\It’s possible to work this way starting just from zero. If a learner is not acquainted with the Russian alphabet then the first 3 or 4 lessons should be dedicated to letters and practice in reading, and as soon as he becomes able to read, it’s time to turn to “Survival Russian”. On the other hand this manual also allows me to work with those learners who have studied Russian but don’t feel like speaking it in real life.
\\\\\\\ Some learners may want to obtain an official certificate of their level in Russian. I have wide experience in training students for the tests at Elementary, Basic and First Certificate levels as well as experience of holding those tests. If you need such certificate for your job I can estimate your level in Russian and train you for an appropriate test.