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Status
Teacher of English
English level
Advanced
Other languages spoken
French, German, Russian
Favourite book, movie, song/band etc [in English!]
"Ebony Tower" by John Fowles
My Favourite Saying(s) [in English!]
"I have the answer in my head. I just haven't found it yet"


I am very proud of my homeland Siberia, a mysterious land of legends and changeable weather.

After graduation from the Tomsk University I chose to come back to my home town Biysk, where my family lives. For eleven years I  proudly told everyone that I was an instructor of English as FL for Biysk Professional Lyceum 22, Russia.

As interpreter and volunteer project coordinator I also provided interpretation activities for the US volunteer consultants of Farmer to Farmer Consortium that was partially supported by the USAID/ VOCA program. The range of topics varied widely (from meat science to ecotourism) and this type of work definitely improved my English vocabulary.

I have been the author and selector of educational materials for direct classroom teaching.  I have had the opportunity to start and coordinate the international exchange email-based programs. The most recent one was named Lingva-class: Intercultural Dialogue. It involved students of the Biysk Lyceum 22 and students of educational institutions in the US and Germany.

I have been working twice on SCSU campus, MN, US in the capacity of exchange visitor and of a translator for the visiting group of Siberian scholars. Now I am a graduate student and a teacher at Intensive English Center at this university.

The terms of professionalism, competence and humanity are international and they sound alike both in Russian and English, even though there is still a great deal of differences in the languages and cultures that I intend to detect in my research work of carrying out joint linguistics and intercultural communication projects. I am perfectly convinced that if we all learn to appreciate the similarities and accept the differences, the world will positively become a nicer and friendlier place for our friends, family and ourselves.





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What is your most memorable trip?

Posted on April 2, 2009 at 15:53 5 Comments

My most memorable trip was a professional visit to Minnesota, USA to meet my colleagues and friends.



Twice I flew across twelve time zones to hear Minnesotans speak with pride and love for their state. Some of my Americans friends, whom I met on various international American-Russian projects, couldn’t see why I was drawn to the northern state of Minnesota. It is very similar to my native Altay region on the South-west of Siberia. The contrast between these regions is hardly… Continue

Tell us about something special in your country

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 6:44 9 Comments



Let me introduce colorfully painted traditional Russian nesting dolls called MATRYOSHKA (ma-TRYOSH-ka; plural ma-TRYOSH-kee}.



They come in a variety of sizes, characters and number of dolls nested one inside the other. The name, also spelled matriosha, was a popular name for girls. A peasant mother of old Russia often tended to a large family. The largest doll is the grandmother with future generations of dolls tucked inside her.…
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What is your favorite holiday in your native culture?

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 4:00 11 Comments

My favorite holiday in Russian culture is New Year's Eve that is celebrated on the 31 st of December.





There is always a festive dinner in every home. Families and friends get together to stay up long during the night to see the old year off and to see new year in. There is lots of music, songs, fireworks and joy on this night. Everybody is happy and full of hope for positive changes in the coming…
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At 7:08 on January 3, 2011, Z.J said…

((((  HaPpY
nEw yEaR ))))
At 0:09 on March 29, 2010, Jesus Enrique Irausquin Ruiz said…
Hi Irina Tarabrina, thanks for sharing your pictures. I´m just impressive what so different could be our countries. I live in Maracaibo venezuela, that´s south America. We have beatuful beaches an mountines, however we would never have that beautiful ice covered hills here. Anyway, I guess I couldn´t overcome that freezing wheater.

My mother tongue is spanish, but I have loved english since I was a child. I remember studing myself at home when I was a teenager because my parents couldn´t affor an ESL course.

I see you travel to US to improve your english. I am planing to go to Vancouver within my vacations this year for at least six weeks to improve my listening skill. I will take the IELTS test next november and I need 6.0 to be happy.

Hope you are fine..... Jesus
At 9:54 on January 27, 2010, toan le said…
Hello my name is Toan, i come from Viet nam, a country with about 330.000sqkm and 86.000.000 of population. i like to know about your country, do you mind to let me know more and discuss about it?

best regards!
toan
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At 15:48 on December 23, 2009, Tanya said…
Merry Christmas to you and you family!

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At 13:49 on November 22, 2009, shiva singh said…
hi i wanna chat with u because u are english teacher u will give me some tipe for english .
At 13:32 on November 22, 2009, shiva singh said…
hi how are u ???????
At 14:23 on November 19, 2009, shiva singh said…
hi i am shiva from india doing gradution so tell yourself and comments my blog
At 19:03 on November 11, 2009, ahmad said…
thank u
clearly u very proud of siberia can u show me photos about it
At 12:27 on November 6, 2009, ahmad said…
hi, your photos r really wonderfull, amazing ....
can I take some ?
 
 
 

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