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Teacher Internship Program

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    10

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  • Compensation & Benefits

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  • Support Services

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  • Day to Day Life

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  • Community

    10

Become an accomplished teacher and grow professionally while living abroad

I moved to Russia in 2011 to work for Language Link on the Teacher Intern Program. It was one of the best and most transformative decisions of my life. Little did I know I would end up spending nearly 4 years living and working in Moscow.

From the moment I was hired, I was impressed by Language Link. The visa process was easy, staff was friendly and supportive, and I was always kept well informed as to the whole process of working in Russia as an expat. When I arrived I was greeted at the airport by the driver, and then driven straight to my apartment where a small welcome packet awaited me. I was also given instructions on how to find the main office, a metro map, and information on Moscow.

The Teacher Internship Program month-long training session was intense but well run and fun. I can honestly say that it really turned me into a well-rounded teacher, not only in knowledge of in-depth English grammar, but also in teaching methodology and how to work a classroom. The structure of the training was incredibly effective and has you teaching almost immediately, critiquing your peers, receiving feedback from the trainers, and employing every skill you learn and study each day. The mini quizzes each morning help you remember what you learned the previous day and the material used to teach the courses is very comprehensive and informative. And most importantly of all, staff are very supportive and are always there to answer any questions you have.

After passing the Teaching Internship Training, I began teaching several classes a day to students of all levels and ages. I had a unique post because I worked in the "In Company" department (highly recommended), where I was sent primarily to businesses around Moscow to teach classes to the Moscow business community. I absolutely loved this position because I had very interesting students from all industries and I was given a chance to travel around the entire city every day. By the end of four years in "In Company", I knew the city and infamous Moscow Metro like the back of my hand and had developed nice friendships with many of my students.

Language Link has a fantastic library of teaching material that is a gold mine for any serious teacher (and yes, you are expected to be a serious teacher). I enjoyed spending time in the staff room between classes (which is centrally located in Moscow and convenient for "In Company" teachers) and planning my lessons. Once you get the hang of it, lesson planning can be very fun and a great place to channel creative energy. Also, if you are in need of inspiration, the Directors of Studies are always nearby to help with planning.

I also immensely enjoyed teaching and giving presentations. Before I started working at Language Link, I was not a very strong public speaker or presenter. Now, I jump at the opportunity to give presentations, teach a class, or conduct a training. The skills you learn as a teacher have endless professional applications and are incredibly fulfilling to cultivate if you embrace the position.

After working for Language Link for 9 month under the Teacher Internship Program, I signed on for another year to work as a full-time teacher and ended up renewing my contract 2 more times (4 years in total). I was given a raise and more freedom, and ultimately assumed the position of International Programmes Coordinator, where had the opportunity to coordinate a study abroad program, the Work-Study Program, and the Intern Program, all while maintaining an active teaching schedule.

Language Link was the perfect job for me and it allowed me to grow significantly during my time in Russia, professionally, personally and academically (I became fluent in Russian). It is a truly merit-based company where hard work pays off and going above and beyond is acknowledged. I would recommend the Teacher Internship Program to anyone who would like to become a serious teacher while spending time living and working in Russia.

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10/ 10

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    10

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  • Day to Day Life

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  • Community

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A challenge you won't regret.

If living and teaching in Russia appeals to you, and you require training and experience, look no further!
Language Link offers fantastic opportunities to those seeking the above.

I entered the training program with no teaching qualifications or experience. Thanks to this excellent training program and the amazing support from the Directors of studies, within a month I was sufficiently trained and ready to work.
Throughout the academic year I had the full support of Language Link and continued to perfect my skills thanks to the workshops provided.

I've had many great experiences teaching with Language Link and I'm so grateful to them for giving me this wonderful opportunity. My only advice is be prepared for the challenge, it's not always plain sailing, but when you overcome the tough obstacles the rewards are fantastic.

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10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    10

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  • Day to Day Life

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  • Community

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An excellent opportunity to work and live abroad in Russia

Language Link offers such a great opportunity to work and live in Russia. No TEFL certification? No problem, Language offers an intensive one-month long training program for those who wish to acquire teaching experience and official TEFL certification.

I personally entered the intensive training program back in August 2014. My intensive teacher training took place in Moscow and lasted a month. Having completed the course, in September I was sent to work in one of Language Link's schools in Moscow. Language Link provided me full work visa support (with fee reimbursements), housing (or rent allowance, if requested) and an annual flight reimbursement upon successful completion of an academic year/teaching contract. I have been a dedicated employee of Language Link ever since and couldn't be happier with my experience working with this reputable company.

If you are considering moving to Russia, I highly recommend considering Language Link as your future employer!

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10/ 10

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    9

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Language Link - a great place to teach

I came to Language Link 3 years ago as an intern. As I had no previous experience teaching English, I participated in Language Link's internship training program. I was very impressed with this program, because not only did it provide me with the basics of EFL teaching, but it also gave me opportunities to practice teaching with real students. After a month's training, I felt very prepared to begin teaching my own classes. With regular workshops and academic support, I've been able to continue my professional development.

As I have continued to improve as a teacher, I have had opportunities to teach a number of exam courses. Challenging my students and seeing them succeed has truly been a rewarding experience.

Another thing I value Language Link is the workplace atmosphere. Both my fellow teachers as well as the administrative staff are very supportive and enjoyable to work with. The company treats you decently and truly does care you--not only as an employee but as a person as well. This certainly can't be said of every language school.

-John Johnson

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10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

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  • Compensation & Benefits

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  • Support Services

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  • Day to Day Life

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  • Community

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Best for study abroad and with or without TEFL certificate

Language Link is the largest school in Russia and therefore has an excellent support system in place for teachers. Overall there is great support from the staff and they are helpful whenever you need it - be it academic or just help with general life abroad. The only downsides can be the Russian flats which tend to be old. However, I've never had a problem.

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9/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    8

  • Support Services

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  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Community

    9

Teaching internship to coordination of international programmes

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Language Link.
I was well provided for in my first year as an English language teaching intern. Working in the classroom has proved interesting and varied, whilst also being challenging and rewarding.
I have also been fortunate enough to work coordinating the company's international programmes for foreign students undertaking Russian language study. This has been a valuable experience.
Language Link has a good range of opportunities for development in both teaching and, for Russian speakers, work in international programmes. I would highly recommend the company for those interested in English language teaching, in spending time in Russia and those potentially hoping to work with foreign students abroad.

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9/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    7

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Community

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Great opportunity for teachers without TEFL

I really enjoyed the teacher intern program. The four week course greatly prepared me for classroom teaching. Not only did you learn the different parts of grammar, but you also learned how best to teach it to non-native speakers. Hundreds of useful activities were shown during the course that I still use to this day in the classroom. Staff is also very supportive and helpful throughout the whole process.

After the four week TEFL course I started teaching in a suburb of Moscow. Although my location wasn't a hub of culture and activities, there was enough to do and Moscow was only an hour away by bus or train. Support at the school was great and I was able to continue to develop as a teacher and learn new techniques and ways to teach better. My only complaint would be the lack of technology in the classrooms. There was only one projector that was shared between two schools. After having worked at other schools that are more technologically equipped, I can say that a projector in every classroom would be greatly beneficial. However, the resource library was extensive and it was never difficult to find supplementary material.

Overall, I would recommend Language Link's teacher intern program to people who want to get there feet wet in TEFL and also learn a tremendous amount. Just don't expect to save much with the ruble rate!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Compensation & Benefits

    8

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Community

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Learning to teach in the heart of Russia

I had studied Russia and Russian language and culture in university, so my decision to move to Russia was an extension of my personal, professional, and academic interests. After reviewing several options, I decided that Language Link was the best. I had several classmates who also worked at Language Link, all of whom had given the program great reviews, so I signed up, passed the interview and bought my tickets! While it could have been daunting to jet across the world to the north of Eurasia, the LL staff provided all the information I needed to get there, picked me up at the airport, helped me hit the ground running. I also got a credit card in my name for financial ease as well as company health insurance.

The initial training program exceeded anything I had expected. It was hard (in a good way) and I really learned how to become a true English teacher - not just a native speaker who speaks to English as a Foreign Language students. The training program taught me more my native language than my previous 23 years of speaking it had. And not only did I learn English grammar and structures, I learned how to teach it - from methodology, to lesson planning, presentation techniques, etc. So, by the time I had finished the program, I really knew that I had become a genuine teacher. Moreover, when I felt that I needed assistance, the LL staff were right there at all times to provide ideas for lessons, help with planning, and give constructive feedback.

The LL school environment is great; it's the perfect mix of casual and professional. Not only are there English teachers, there are also Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Italian teachers. Truly an international school, which quickly become your "international family."

Because of this international environment, making friend was relatively easy. There is a sense that everyone is in it together, so friendships form quickly and become very strong - to this day, some of my best friends came from LL and I still keep in touch with all of them. Once a Language Linker, always a Language Linker.

My housing situation worked out really well. Though some people would have said my house wasn't very "up to date", I found it charming because it was cleaning a genuine Soviet flat right in the center of Moscow. All my neighbors were Russian grandmothers and students of the nearby university, and my roommates were a range of teachers from LL. In my four years working for LL, I lived with Americans, Brits, and Australians, which really added to the appeal of being there.

Moscow is not a city for the faint of heart. It is dirty, loud, fast-paced, does everything its own unique way, and is everything you'd expect from a rapidly changing megapolis with 17 million people. But for all its craziness, the city is incredible. The transportation was quick and efficient, and the LL staff were always there to help out when needed. There is also no short supply of parks to walk in, entertainment, museums, movies, concerts, bars, clubs, regional trains to tiny villages, culture and history. There is always something to do in Moscow. And the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.

Finally, being someone who wanted to achieve fluency in Russian, I was particularly interested in emersion. Language Link provided the highest quality Russian language lessons you can get in Moscow, and in Russia on the whole. The Russian department is absolutely incredible and can help you learn Russian, from beginner to advanced, advise you on cultural and historical sites to see, and being your sounding board for all the questions the peculiarities of Russia that you are bound do discover over your time there.

So, the bottom line is: if you are interested in teaching English (yes, actually teaching), living abroad, experiencing Russia, and learning Russian, or any combination of goals you may have, Language Link is the best choice!

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9/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

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  • Compensation & Benefits

    7

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

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  • Community

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Training and support for an inexperienced teacher

When I first felt the urge to live abroad I registered for an online TEFL certificate course. Later, while applying for jobs, I learned that this preparation was insufficient. I still had no practical experience with going up in front of learners or planning a lesson that could be put into practice. I applied to many schools in many countries and was sometimes invited for an interview or a follow-up task of preparring a lesson plan for a particular aim. My interviewers and I both realized that my online course hadn't given me the necessary knowledge and experience to handle actual classroom situations.
Then I found the Language Link internship program which offered practical training before a 9 month teaching contract. Recognizing that I needed it, I jumped at the chance for free training. Being able to plan lessons with real books and deliver them to real language learners allowed the knowledge to finally sink in and become something that I could actually use. The knowledge and experience of the trainers allowed them to put the teaching process into real terms that I was able to grasp.
Even after the training, academic support was never far away. My teaching location was a pleasant town in the Moscow suburbs. It had the advantages of a town with a lot of green space and little noise, but supermarkets, restaurants and other leisure facilities were at hand. Of course the big city was less than an hour away by train. I was also earning money as an intern. No, the salary wasn't eye-catchingly high. However, I had no financial responsibility for accomodation or taxes as the company paid for them on my behalf. The money I received was completely disposable and more than enough to keep myself fed and entertained. When my salary increased the next year, I found it quite easy to save money while still spending enough to enjoy myself.
My other option was to go to South Korea and teach in a kindergarten there. The details of that job were vague but it seemed as if they were just going to toss me in an uncomfortable situation and hope that I swam instead of sank. As I've continued with TESOL as a career, I'm so glad that I chose the additional training and support offered by Language Link. As I have become an academic manager and interviewed teaching candidates myself, I realize that I clearly made the better choice. The methodology used in Language Link allowed me to progress and develop professionally much better than other options an inexperienced teacher could find.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

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  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Support Services

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  • Compensation & Benefits

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Host School or Placement

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Work-Study with Language Link

I want to write an honest review of my experience with Language Link, Russia. It's important to note that I'm still employed with LL, but this review will be honest, noting positives as well as negatives.

I participated in Language Link's Work-Study program in Moscow during the 2014-15 academic year. Though not technically part of the Teacher-Intern program, it was similar in many aspects such as training and job function; the biggest difference was that I only worked part-time as opposed to full-time, studying Russian part-time as well, hence work-study.

I don't intend on making a career out of teaching English. I didn't when I came to Russia and I still don't. I studied International Affairs and Russian in university, so I really just wanted to work and live in Russia. Language Link's Work-Study program afforded me a really convenient and (mostly) painless way to achieve my goals of living and working in Russia. Through teaching, I developed useful job skills like public speaking, giving presentations, and interacting meaningfully with people (in this case students) while also vastly improving my Russian language skills. Language Link's Russian as a Foreign Language department gave me excellent instruction and the English language academic support staff were really professional and helpful. The 4-week Initial Training Program was intense and occasionally strenuous, but ultimately it prepared me to perform my job. As a cherry on top, I got a Language Link EFL certificate at the end of my course (equivalent to CELTA / TEFL).

There are a few negatives, though, that should be pointed out. While the application process was straightforward, the Work-Study program fee was hefty (although reasonable for a 34-week course). Also, the salary for a first-year teacher is not easy to get by on. Possible, but not easy. Be sure to read your employment contract very carefully before signing it -- it dictates many important aspects of your experience. Finally, my accommodation was paid for by Language Link, which is great, but it was not the best -- it was a rather run-down Soviet-era apartment, and took a little getting used to. On the other hand, some of my friends had nice apartments that were further outside of the city; it's a dice roll as to how nice of an apartment you'll get. They aren't terrible, but they aren't amazing.

Ultimately, the Work-Study program is what you make of it. If you work hard as a teacher of English and a student of Russian, you can get a lot out of it. Do the bare minimum and you may not get your money's worth. I feel strongly that Language Link is an excellent stepping stone for almost any career path.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Compensation & Benefits

    7

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Community

    10

Opportunity abroad

Working for Language Link was one of the greatest experiences in my life. Not only did they give me the opportunity to work as a professional abroad through their internship program, but they continued to support me and help me grow as a teacher.

I have worked in many Language Link locations and while some of my housing left something to be desired, I was always comfortable and any problems that I had were addressed by the staff.

Globally, Russia is in a very good location, and Russia itself is full of beautiful countryside and architecture. The people there are also surprisingly friendly.

The hours I worked at the school varied greatly. My first location gave me shifts in the morning, afternoon and night; it was miserable. This can be the norm for some passionate teachers and so my advice would be not to let some of the managers take advantage of your willingness to teach, you don't want to get burned out. I transferred for my next years at Language Link and never had this problem again. My shifts were all reasonable and allowed for a healthy work/life balance.

My favorite thing Language Link was the people. The friends I made in the work place have remained my closest friends to this day. Language Link created an environment that encouraged friendship and teamwork. The students I taught were also wonderful. Although teaching in Russia can be hard work, the people I worked with and the students I went to teach everyday made the whole experience more than worth while.

I can honestly say that teaching in Russia with Language Link was a wonderful experience and had I the chance to do it over, I would without hesitation.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Intern program in Moscow

Russia as a culture and Russian as a language have interested me since I was little - there was no other choice when I decided I wanted to teach abroad. Language Link's support from the moment I ed them has been great. Here, living in Moscow, that support continues with my visa, accommodation and other details.

One thing I wasn't expecting was how much this work is making me enjoy my own language. I'm much more aware of what I say and how I say it. Additionally, the students experience English in a completely different way - and ask questions from a completely different perspective. It's very satisfying and a lot of fun working through this with them. You'll come here to learn Russian but I have to say if you like English you'll get a real kick out of it too.

As far as accommodation and living goes, I live in an old Soviet apartment block, but it's in a great location, so the good with the bad. Anyway, if you've an interest in the history of Russia it's really interesting to see. And who comes to Russia for the apartments? My only recommendation is have some savings when you arrive. Moscow is an expensive city. Your intern wage will cover your living costs, but for the first few months a little extra will go a long way.

Am I glad to have made the move? Absolutely. It's a great group of people to work with, the work itself is interesting and Moscow is like no place else. If you're interested in Russia and teaching English, it's a big thumbs up for both!