127055, Moscow, Souschevskaya street, 21, 2nd enterance, 2nd floor, room #7
Tel: +7 (495) 258-0804
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127055, Moscow, Souschevskaya street, 21, 2nd enterance, 2nd floor, room #7
Tel: +7 (495) 258-0804
Fax: +7 (495) 258-9939
191186, Kazanskaya Street, Building 5
Tel: +7 (812) 315-60-60
Fax: +7 (812) 315-60-60
404131, 6 Komsomolskaya Street, 3d Floor
Tel: +7 (8442) 49-93-11
344006, Rostov-on-Don, Universitetskiy, 79
+7 (863) 200-14-44

Centre for Russian Language and Culture Studies

Teaching Staff

All the teaching staff in Language Link's Russian as a Foreign Language Departments is highly trained Russian language specialists with considerable experience and post-graduate degrees. Our teacher selection process is rigorous: apart from possessing post-graduate qualifications in teaching Russian as a Foreign Language, all teachers must have taught at university level, and preferably abroad. All teachers must be able to speak at least one or two other major European languages. And finally, excellent references must be presented from both former educational employers and former students. Given these standards of selection, there is little doubt that Language Link's teachers are among the finest in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd.

Even after teachers have been selected for employment with Language Link, they continually upgrade their teaching skills by regularly attending workshops, seminars and conferences. Their classroom performance is periodically observed by Elena Kallo, Language Link's Head Teacher.


Mikhail Bakhtin, the famous Russian philosopher, calls language a "contradictory multiplicity" because of its many seemingly contradictory aspects. Grammar and linguistics focus on single units or parts of language whereas the study of stylistics and pragmatics focus on how language is used as a whole in "real life." How, then, should we study foreign languages? There is one common unifying factor that we can focus on. Language, although a dynamic entity with many different aspects, has one practical goal - COMMUNICATION.

All Language Link teachers come to the classroom with this practical view! Communicative language teaching helps the student to not only understand the language but also to use it in authentic, "real" situations. This objective requires a focus on all the aspects of language - grammar, pragmatics, stylistics, pronunciation, etc. - with the goal of authentic communication.

Teacher Profiles

Elena Kallo

Elena Kallo
Elena Mikhailovna Kallo graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) philological department with a degree in Russian language and literature, specializing in Russian as a Foreign Language. Elena did her post-graduate studies at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Federation Academy of Sciences in the area of psycholinguistics. She has extensive teaching experience in Russia and at universities in France, Finland, Great Britain and Austria. She is currently director of academic programmes at Language Link, and director of the special programmes 'Dickinson in Moscow', 'RLUS' and 'Goucher Summer Immersion Programme'. Elena is one of the best specialists in teaching Russian culture and literature to foreigners. Her lectures on Russian poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries and literature of the Silver Age were brilliantly received in the U.S. (at Dickinson College) and are always very popular among students. Elena's classes combine the depth and originality of her own unique approach with the methodology of creative student involvement in order to clearly convey the key concepts of the course. Material is drawn from a wide variety of historical and cultural resources. After completing a course with Elena Mikhailovna, students generally have a real interest in Russian culture and some even begin to write their own poems and essays.

Ludmila Nezvankina

Ludmila Nezvankina graduated from the Moscow State University with a Master's Degree and a specialization in teaching Russian as a Foreign Language and Literature. With over twenty years of international experience, Ludmila has successfully taught Russian to American, British, German, Italian, Japanese and Finnish students. She is also one of the Literary Encyclopaedia authors. For three years, Ms. Nezvankina held a professorship at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania where she taught both Russian and Russian Literature. For several years after her return to Moscow, Ludmila was head of Moscow's semester program for students from both Tufts University and Dickinson College. In the classroom, Ludmila teaches Russian using a methodology that combines the communicative approach to language teaching and the study of Russian culture. Her students range in language proficiency from complete beginners to professional philologists. Ludmila teaches such courses as Conversational and Business Russian, special courses on Russian Literature, the History of Russian Language and Language of Mass Media.

Marina Freidina

Marina Freidina graduated from the Maimonides State Jewish Academy in Moscow with a specialization in teaching Russian and Hebrew languages. She also completed further education in cultural studies at the centre for tourist personnel training as a Moscow city guide. She has worked as a Russian language teacher and a seminar coordinator at Davidson College (US). While teaching, she also completed a course in written and spoken English. For the last few years she has taught at Language Link, working with students from all over the world, successfully combining language courses with cultural aspects in her classes.

Maria Petrova
Maria Petrova

Maria Petrova completed a degree in Russian at Novosibirsk State University and then graduated from Moscow State University with specialization in Russian as a Foreign Language: Linguo-Didactic and Linguo-Cultural Aspects of Teaching. Being a new team member she demonstrated very professional approach and readiness to self-development. Her first group at Language Link was a group of German Schoolboys from Waldorf school and she did her best to help them to activate the vocabulary and became more fluent in Russian. Now Maria is teaching conversation practice and grammar to British students, and also works with beginner groups.

Aislou Van Rain

Aislou completed a degree in Russian as a Foreign Language at MGU. She works with students of various levels of Russian language ability in the international centre of Russian language (an MGU partner school). She successfully teaches courses of intensive study. Her fluent knowledge of German allows Aislou to work especially well with students from Germany. During her lessons she uses her own method of "psychological synchronism." Using this method, students gain self-confidence and work much more efficiently and energetically, and show great results.

Elena Ivanova

Elena Ivanova graduated with honors from the Moscow State Pedagogical University, the Faculty of Russian Language and Literature, and also specializes in Russian as a Foreign Language. She is fluent in English, and has worked with great success with students of various levels since 2002. At present Elena is working in the department of Russian for foreign students at the National University of Science and Technology (MISiS). In her lessons Elena combines professionalism with a creative approach; she “liberates” the students, building a friendly atmosphere in class. Her lessons are always interesting and fun. Elena successfully worked in companies such as “Perekrestok”, “Russian Standard”, Kellogg Brown and Root” and with students from Britain on semester-long academic programmes. She completed PhD research in 2013, now is leading Language Link’s programme “Methods of teaching Russian as a Foreign Language”. 

Daria Shilova


Daria Shilova graduated from Moscow State University with specialization in Russian as a Foreign Language. She started to work with Language Link in summer 2013 teaches a group of American students during their Summer Intensive course. Daria is open, flexible and very responsible teacher. At present, Daria is teaching students remotely. She is also participating in a Russian Language Teaching Methodology Class for teachers of Russian as a Foreign language. She is acquainting these future teachers with modern teaching tools such as smartboards and teaching over Skype.

Lyudmila SirazhdinovaSirazhdinova

Lyudmila Sirazhdinova graduated from the Philological Faculty of MSU, Russian Language for Foreigners department. She started working for Language Link in 2013. She now teaches a general Russian course for elementary to advanced levels. She also teaches Conversational Practice and "We are studying to write an essay" for the British academic program RLUS. Lyudmila is a very friendly and open teacher who cares about each of her students. She does her best to make lessons not only useful and effective, but also engaging.

Gulnara Pervushina

Gulnara Pervushina has worked at Language Link since 2007. She graduated from a State University in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, where she specialized in philology, and taught Russian to foreign students. She has worked with students from the USA, Germany, Great Britain, France and Japan, has given courses in grammar, country-specific studies and writing, and has also managed the coursework and diploma work of foreign students. In 2003-4 she taught Russian at Durham University in Great Britain. Gulya gained work experience in the Russian University of People's Friendship and at a St. Petersburg University. She is also involved in the world of science where she publishes articles on historical lexicology and collaborates with various scientific journals. Gulnara is one of our few teachers who have a certificate for testing foreign students studying Russian according to the Russian state system of testing. Gulnara is particularly interested in comparative and contrastive analysis of cultures and the country-specific aspect of studying the Russian language. In her lessons she always pays special attention to the Russian culture and traditions, as well as the ongoing changes to them.

Anastasia Zarochentseva

Anastasia Zarochentseva graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical Institute. She is working with Language Link since 2004 and always has excellent recommendations from students. Anastasia teaches groups from beginner to advanced level, and also works with individuals of different levels. Her good sense of humor and flexibility allows her to work with corporate clients of top level. From 2013 she is certified as an examiner of the TORFL exams.

Alexey Holikov

Alexey Holikov graduated from Moscow State University (MSU), philological department with the degree in Russian language and literature, specializing in Russian as a Foreign Language. Having started his post-graduate degree in MSU in 2006, Alexey successfully obtained doctorate degree in 2014. Now Alexey is teaching in MoscowState University and in Language Link. He teaches literature for British students (RLUS) and participates in Language Link’s programme “Methods of teaching Russian as a Foreign Language”. The area of his professional interests lies in Russian Conversational Language and the Language of Modern Russian Literature. Alexey is the author of many articles on modern art and literature in Moscow and Russian journals. Also he published two books about Merezhkovsky in 2010 and 2014. 

Anastasia Nasakina

Anastasia Nasakina finished her studies in Linguistics and Translation at MSOU (Moscow State Open University) in 2013. In July 2013 she finished the course "Methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language" at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). She has more than 2 years’ experience of teaching Russian as a foreign language in Moscow and Seville. Anastasia has taught students of different levels and nationalities (mostly English and Spanish speakers). She has been working with corporate clients (Exxon Mobil, BP Exploration, Deutsche Bank). Anastasia`s lessons are full of interesting and communicative activities. Two main points of her lessons are communicative teaching and using visual methods (such as pictures, cards etc). Anastasia is an open-minded, sociable and friendly teacher.
Natalia Zayarkina

Natalia Zayarkina graduated from Moscow State In Absentia Pedagogical Institute. She obtained a specialization in Russian as a Foreign Language at Moscow State University in 2003 and works for Language Link since 2005.
Now Natalia is specialized in teaching Russian for Russians, she is preparing schoolboys for their state exams at school, and also helps adults to improve their Russian for work. Now she conducts a course of Russian for Yandex staff.

She is certified as an examiner of the TORFL exams.
Vera Blagova
Vera Blagova graduated from Pushkin State Russian Language Institute philological department with a Master's degree in teaching Russian as a Foreign language. Now she works for Language Link. She has an experience in teaching various aspects of Russian language. She teaches Conversational Practice and Translation for British students (RLUS). She also works with students of various levels. Since 2012 she has been conducting course of “Russian Language + Russian Folk Dance” for foreign students. 
Larisa Grushevskaya

Larisa Grushevskaya graduated from Moscow State University, Philological Department with a degree in Russian Language and Literature, specializing in Russian as a Foreign Language. Larisa did her post-graduate studies at MSU. She has extensive teaching experience in Russia and abroad (Great Britain, Austria, Tunisia), works with students from all over the world. Larisa is an author of the book “A Living Russian Grammar” for beginner-intermediate, intermediate II and advanced levels. She teaches grammar for British students of different levels and works with individual clients.

Teacher Profiles (Saint-Petersburg)

Tatyana Romanova

Tatyana Romanova graduated from St. Petersburg State Pedagogical Herzen University with an MA in Russian language and literature. She also completed a course on “Methods of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language” at St. Petersburg State University. From 2005 to 2007 she taught Russian to foreign students from India, China, Sri-Lanka, South Korea and Latin America at the State University of Aerospace Technologies. Tatyana has been teaching at Language Link, St. Petersburg since 2007. At Language Link Tatyana has taught students of all levels from beginner to advanced, from the USA, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Finland, Germany, France, Spain, Afghanistan. Her professional interests lies in Russian literature of the 19thcentury and theater.

Olga Divina

Olga Divina graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Department of Slavic Philology, section of Polish language and literature, in 2003. While there, alongside her main education, Olga successfully completed an additional 3-year Course with the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language . Olga is fluent in German, English and Polish. She has taught Russian at St. Petersburg State University, at a private School in Warsaw (Poland) and at Nevskiy Institute of Language and Culture. She has been teaching at Language Link, St. Petersburg, since 2009. Olga has also worked successfully for companies such as "Schnellecke RUS", “Corinthia Nevskiy Palace”, and with students of all levels from the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Finland, France, Poland and Algeria.

Teacher Profiles (Volgograd)

Irina Timofeeva

Irina Timofeeva graduated from Volgograd State Pedagogical University (Russian-English Department) in 2001. She is a very successful teacher, who has been teaching RLUS students since February 2005. She has developed her own program for this course. The main aims of her course are to show the difference between the two languages and to help British students improve their Russian. She always succeeds in making her lessons both interesting and entertaining.

Yulia Dudina

Yulia Dudina graduated from Volgograd State Pedagogical University in 2001(Russian-English Department). She is an experienced teacher who is constantly striving to improve her already excellent teaching skills. In August 2011 she successfully completed a training course at Language Link, Moscow. She makes her lessons both interesting and effective. Her students are soon able to discuss a wide range of stimulating topics. They enjoy her lessons and find them very useful.