Our Teachers

Our teachers have the qualifications and experience you would expect: native speakers, educated to post-graduate level with at least a first degree in Russian or foreign language teaching; experience in teaching adults.

And we look for more than just qualifications and knowledge of the subject. Our teachers appreciate that learning Russian can be a daunting prospect, and that our students need to fit language study into the rest of their lives. So we look for teachers who can inspire confidence and commitment – who make their students want to learn more.

We also look for teachers who are ready to work as a team. RLC is not an agency, or a network of freelance teachers. This means our teachers work together, sharing ideas and expertise, developing materials and providing cover lessons if required.

"From the beginning, the teachers have been motivational and invested in their students' success, giving them confidence to improve. What began as a spontaneous decision to try something new slowly became a serious hobby and then a passion. After two years of continuous study at the RLC it has now become a huge part of my life and I seek out opportunities for Russian cultural immersion whenever possible. I cannot imagine a similar result without the help and encouragement of the RLC, its amazing teachers, administration, and fellow students.”

A selection of our teachers have told us why they love teaching, and what keeps them teaching here at RLC

"I really enjoy being a teacher at RLC because it is a professional school that has the environment in which both the learners and the teachers flourish and develop. It is also one of a very few places in London where Russian language meets Russian culture - the place where one wants to speak Russian and no other language and has plenty of opportunities to do so.”

"It was the fault of "My fair Lady” - the musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion about a professor of phonetics who undertook to teach a Cockney flower girl to speak impeccable English. I don’t know how we acquired the LP in Moscow all those years ago. The songs were divine, some very funny - even I, with my rudimentary, school English, understood that. Of course I rooted for Eliza and desperately wanted her to succeed, but it was Henry Higgins - Professor Higgins - whom I really fell for. I wanted to become his disciple. I still do. There are few things that are as satisfying as seeing the results of a good lesson. Makes me sing - only to myself, of course - the famous words of Henry Higgins : "I think she’s (he, they) got it!” And when this happens it makes my day - or sometimes - my week.”
Vera C

"I enjoy teaching at RLC because it has a very professional team of teachers. The emphasis is placed on the content and results and not on bureaucracy. I love teaching Russian because I have always been interested in languages; however, it is not only about the language. I like interacting with students and helping them to make exciting discoveries in linguistics, history and culture not only of Russia, but also of their own country. I particularly like to see how learning the Russian language changes their attitude towards Russia and its people. I find it a very healthy exchange of opinions. Actually I learn a lot from my students as well.”

"Learning Russian language is an open-ended challenge, but it is a never-ending challenge to teach Russian too!”

"I love teaching Russian because it’s very rewarding to see how students start mastering little by little this challenging language. In addition, it’s very gratifying to deal with people who are interested in my culture and language since there is a lot to tell and to discuss.

I enjoy teaching at RLC because I get to use great materials created by the centre and I have the freedom to teach my students at the pace they need rather than one imposed by the requirements of fulfilling a course plan.”

"I wouldn't say that learning Russian is easy but I do know for sure that it is very rewarding when, by using your language skills, you can get your message across and receive what you want. Also - how right Nelson Mandela was when he said 'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart'. What I love most about teaching Russian is the fact that I can help my students to talk to people's hearts, to understand the Russian-speaking community and to be understood by them."
I quickly found out that the RLC is unique from institutions I had studied at previously in that my teacher individualizes the course structure to the student's needs.
One thing I really like about learning at RLC is that the whole experience is about Russian language and culture.
The course book produced by the RLC makes learning Russian really interesting, and gives a student plenty of opportunity to practice reading, writing and speaking skills.
My teacher also has a very engaging and supportive style and is very passionate and enthusiastic about the Russian language and its culture.
Our diverse and stimulating daytime group receives high quality, engaging tuition which matches our interests and needs.
I'm just finishing my first term and feel really inspired and enthusiastic about continuing.
Our tutor Dmitri Antonov has been an excellent guide to the complexities of the language.
The RLC appealed to me due to its central location and wide range of day and evening classes.
The quality of teaching and course material at the Centre is exceptional.
The use of different teachers also offers different accents, voices and opinions so that one's ears become more attuned to the patterns and rhythms essential to understanding what to me at least is a new language.
I've stuck at it, and my class goers have become friends as well as fellow students. We struggle through our grammar together!
Familiarity leads to greater confidence, which has also been bolstered by our excellent and extraordinarily patient teacher!
The class was young professional people and it was fun but learning was serious and the teacher maintained a strong pace.
After careful research on the internet, RLC seemed the most impressive of the options available. And what a good choice it was.
RLC at Pushkin House means there is a cultural aspect to your learning as it is in the Russian cultural centre of London so I could attend political talks or music recitals and meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
I do definitely recommend RLC. Classes are intense and demanding, but also a good fun, something really important when taking evening lessons after work.
What made me actually enrol was the relaxed, friendly, yet efficient meeting with the course director to establish my level of knowledge.
So when I learned that all the teachers at the Russian Language Centre were Russian I felt confident that I would be in good hands not only learning to speak Russian but also understanding it.
The people in my group are friendly and supportive of each other which is also important as it creates an atmosphere of shared learning.
I joined a group and, unlike large language schools, the groups are small and everyone has plenty of time to practice the language with the teacher's input.
If you are interested in learning Russian, whether as a beginner or someone who might have studied a little before, the RLC is the place to do it.
I chose the RLC after looking at several schools because I liked the flexibility of the courses, and the possibility of having one-to-one tuition, which is the option I took.
The centre has its own set of course books that I've found very effective in helping me to learn.
My teacher also has a very engaging and supportive style and is very passionate and enthusiastic about the Russian language and its culture.
One of the things I most enjoy about the course is that we can now tailor the lessons to meet our various interests.
I would recommend the RLC both for its focus on rigorous learning of the grammar (which is essential to make any real progress in Russian) and then at a later stage for its flexibility in allowing students to pursue their own interests.
I have found the atmosphere at the RLC to be very open and supportive.
From the beginning, the teachers have been motivational and invested in their students' success, giving them confidence to improve. What began as a spontaneous decision to try something new slowly became a serious hobby and then a passion.
I would recommend RLC to anyone wanting to begin learning or improve their Russian language skills.  It's an inclusive and friendly environment.
The course is very practically based and combines grammar and themes which build on the grammar with further vocabulary; for example, travel and directions, conversation about families, the weather, shopping, ordering in a restaurant and much more!
Having completed four terms, I am now having a break from studying, but may return after another few weeks travelling in Russia, for which I am even better equipped than before.
I was pleased to pass my first exams last summer as did the other two of my classmates who took the exam.  I would strongly recommend the school to other potential students.
After less than a year I was able to attend Euro 2012 in Ukraine with a friend and manage my way around without having to resort to English - and more recently, I was able to give half my wedding speech in Russian which went down very well with the in-laws!
After two years people have come and gone from the group but the core few along with our tutor have all become good friends, usually finishing each term with a visit to a Russian restaurant to toast our progress!
I am soon to visit Russia for the first time to take extra lessons and try out my linguistic abilities on the locals! This would not have been possible had it not been for the progress I am making at the RLC.