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HermionaU Spotlight: Ksenia Turkova

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

Learning languages doesn't have to be boring! HermionaU instructor Ksenia Turkova likes to enforce the idea that language learning is fun with games to help students memorize new concepts and immersion through other channels such as TV shows and movies. Ksenia is an internationally renowned journalist, linguist, and TV personality. She has also published a book called No-Stress Russian that focuses on making the language accessible to those who struggle to learn it in school. For over 20 years, she has been a news anchor for radio and TV shows around the world, ranging from Echo of Moscow in Russia to Hromadske TV in Ukraine. Ksenia currently works as a broadcast journalist for Voice of America in the United States. Another interesting fact — Ksenia is a judge for the “Word of the Year” competition!

Currently, Ksenia is offering two courses here at HermionaU. Her first course, "Entertaining Russian," aims to teach students Russian language from a perspective that is engaging and exciting. Her out-of-the-box methods include games, interesting ways of solving linguistic problems, and using popular media to expedite the learning process. This class will not be an average session of memorizing words from textbooks or doing repetitive, boring drills. For students ages 10 and older, "Entertaining Russian" will be taught 1-2 times per week for 4 weeks in 60-minute sessions. Classes will hold about 7-10 students, and are offered either from June 22th to July 19th, or from July 6th to August 2th.

Ksenia's second course, "Spelling Workout," takes a more intensive approach on spelling and grammar in a shorter period of time. New Russian grammar and spelling rules will be introduced each day to the students, and each class will feature games revolving around perfecting those new rules. Homework will be assigned as well. By the end of this course, students will know how to avoid common Russian spelling mistakes, recognize the impact of syllables and stress marks on vowels in words, and distinguish differences in spelling and pronunciation of hard and soft consonants. "Spelling Workout" will meet for just seven consecutive days in a one-week session for 15 minutes a day.

For students who have struggled with Russian grammar and linguistic perfection, Ksenia Turkova's classes are the perfect solution to tackling these issues in a truly entertaining way. Who better to learn from than someone who is both a respected journalist on an international scale and someone who likes to make learning fun?



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