ABOUT ME

Hello!

My name is Alexei Kiselev, a lot of my students just call me Alex, and I am an ESL/EFL instructor, which means I teach English. For almost 20 years I have been helping adult learners speak English, which for most of them was not only a learning challenge, but also a path to discover their potential and to believe in their abilities. It has also been a 20 year long journey for me to discover myself and my place in this world, for which I am sincerely grateful to my dear students.

Together we have seen a lot of changes in the educational sphere, starting from course books, tape-records and CDs, and having come to where we are right now: LMSs, MOOCs, YouTube channels, edTech and multiple online educational technology paltforms.

Currently, I am doing a lot of ESL/EFL job of different type, mostly online: teach a general course of English, prepare people for international examinations (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge examinations), for job interviews, business presentations and meetings.  

However, I do not work with children younger than 14 years old, but I can recommend some great educators who can help with that.

WORK EXPERIENCE

I am happy to see how my career has been developing throughout the years. Here is a short outline of the most important professional milestones:

  • University Teacher. Right after graduating from Vitebsk State University I was offered this position to teach at the Department of English Language, which I accepted and where I stayed for the next 3 years of my life. Invaluable experience of work with the great faculty and amazing students!
  • Translator. I began this line of work in Belarus, translating for OSCE team at the presidential elections, for some non-governmental organisations, and continued further on in Moscow as part of Alliance Boots team.
  • Corporate English Teacher. At the same time when I was a translator, there was an opportunity to teach English to the managers and staff of the company, so I also became an in-company English teacher. And you know what? I understood that I am definitely more into teaching than translating, so I decided to dedicate all my time to it. Teaching, apart from being more interesting, turned out to be a more lucrative business, therefore I quit my 9 to 5 job and went freelance.
  • Freelance English Teacher. This is when I first experienced professional freedom that I had never had before – my own boss, doing the job I love with a very flexible timetable and wonderful clients from absolutely different walks of life: showbiz celebrities (Nikolai Baskov and Turetskiy Choir), big bosses of huge corporations (for example, Rostelecom), IT people (Iteco, ITC), big vendors (S3, Trust) and small ones (Promsytex); and I have been particularly lucky with gas and oil companies (Yamal SPG, Gasprom). I have worked with a great deal of wonderful and extremely interesting people, which makes me feel happy and proud.  
  • YouTube channel “New Model for Learning English”. In 2015 working on my online course “New Model English”, I began to make short animations that I uploaded on Youtube just because it was a very convenient video hosting. After some time, I discovered that quite a lot of people from around the world took some interest in them. Now several thousand people from all over the planet watch my English video lessons every day!
  • Founder of IDLmarket. Not very long time ago I set up my own company in Estonia to work with clients from abroad, and to open up more opportunities for myself in new areas of business, such as marketing and digital sales.

So, this is my story. I hope it wasn’t very boring.

MY INTERESTS

I wonder how much in common we have – check out the questionnaire below, answer the questions for yourself and compare with my answers.

  • What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

I guess it I would go travel around the world for a couple of years and maybe I could find a place to settle down, somewhere near the sea with a beautiful view from the window.

  • How often do you play sports?

I have taken a break and been a bit lazy for a couple of years, but I am planning to resume my regular workout in the gym at least twice a week.

  • What’s your favorite drink?

I am a coffee person.

  • What are some small things that make your day better?

A good film or series, a good book, a chat with someone I like, a nice sunny day (regardless of the season); realization, at the end of the day, that I have managed to accomplish all the items in the “to-do” list.

  • What shows are you into?

“American Horror Story”, “Black Mirror”, “Stranger Things”, “Fargo”, “Mindhunter”, “Dark”, “Inbetweeners”.

  • Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?

Alexander the Great, Arnold Schwarzenegger, J.K. Rowling.

So, are we very much alike? Anyway, I am happy to meet people who share my interests as well as those who are absolutely different from me, because we can definitely learn a lot from each other!

MY BOOK

I wrote a book in 2014 and put it on my website for free download. The title is “Learn Any Language. The New Model”, it is in Russian, and it describes my experience of self-teaching a foreign language without the language environment and without a teacher. However, the book is meant not only for those lucky 7 % (according to some sources) of people who can achieve good results on their own, but for a wider audience as well, because it gives a detailed learning plan and provides a system, which is important in any process of skill acquisition.

That was also a good experience of mini-project management for me, as prior to the release I had to coordinate my work with the work of a designer, a programmer and a proofreader.

You can download the book here