Tanya’s main area of interest is methodology of teaching Russian language to foreign students. During her working career she has attended numerous courses on language teaching methods and techniques that were organised by various language teaching bodies and establishments. These courses provided an invaluable opportunity to learn about new / modern ways of delivering language teaching in a class.
Tanya has also attended seminars run by The Pushkin Institute in Moscow. The most recent seminar, in February 2009, was devoted to “methods of teaching the Russian language in non-Russian speaking countries”. The seminar was set to give a rare opportunity for language tutors from all over the world to learn about new and advanced teaching methods that were currently being practiced in other countries. The seminar comprised the following activities: 1) lectures on specifics of teaching Russian abroad; 2) master-classes devoted to teaching the language to students of different levels and with various educational backgrounds; 3) round tables on innovative techniques of foreign language teaching ; 4) an exhibition of newly published Russian language textbooks and presentations on some of them.
While working for CML (Centre for Modern Languages, University of Birmingham), Tanya contributed to creating Teacher Training Materials for DOPLA (Development of Postgraduate and Language Assistants) in Language Teaching