Irina Malinina is a bilingual multi-talented teacherpreneur. Read Irina's interview where she honestly discusses what she had to do outside of her comfort zone as a teacherpreneur, and what drives her to be the best she can be.
Irina, can you start off by telling us where you teach?
Currently I am a freelance teacher. I embarked on this adventure after 20 years of teaching first at university and then at language schools.
Leaving my full-time job was a tough call for me since it looked rather precarious and dubious. But I had to bank on both my extensive experience, commitment to teaching, and, last but not least, a stroke of luck. I mapped out the way to get to my goal. Once the guidelines were set forth, I quit.
Can you describe a typical teaching day?
I mostly teach via Skype now so a normal day would see me prepare for a morning set of classes. Then I do research, gear up for my evening lessons, and develop customized materials for my trainees.
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Daria, thank you for taking time out from your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?
I have two contracts with IT companies as their corporate English teacher. I teach the staff of these companies online. I also have a couple of students from italki.com and some private students. So, it's about 20 teaching hours a week, all of them online.
How long have you been teaching?
It's been 16 years now. The number increases every year and scares me. I got my first student in my last year at university, and have been teaching non-stop since that time. I worked in two language schools, then became an...