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Teacher Internship Program

Language Link offers teaching employment to about 50 applicants who do not have a TEFL certificate or teaching experience every year. By joining Language Link as teacher-interns,...

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Work-Study Programme in Russia

Language Link offers a work-study program in which participants spend about half their time studying Russian and the other half teaching English or their mother tongue as...

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Teach English in Russia

Language Link offers extensive TEFL employment opportunities to around 200 native English speakers every year. Considered as one of the top language schools operating in

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Study Russian in Russia

Language Link offers a wide range of flexible and affordable Russian language courses for all levels in comfortable, modern locations. Apart from the standard general, intensive,...

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Language Link Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Pay and Benefits

    8

  • Teacher Support

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

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.

Program: Teacher Internship Program

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Pay and Benefits

    8

  • Teacher Support

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

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 about my native language than my previous 23 years of speaking it had. And not only did I learn about 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 about 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!

Program: Teacher Internship Program

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Pay and Benefits

    7

  • Teacher Support

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

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.

Program: Teacher Internship Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Pay and Benefits

    6

  • Teacher Support

    10

  • Health and Safety

    5

  • Social Life

    10

EFL teacher

The thing that really appreciated about working for this company is the impressive level of structure and organisation involved. I have worked with several EFL companies in the past, and Language Link, Russia feels much more like a serious, professional company than anywhere else I've worked. The administrative and academic support has been great, and they really do try to make you feel valued as an emplyee.

Program: Teach English in Russia

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Pay and Benefits

    8

  • Teacher Support

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Teaching at Language Link

I've been teaching at Language Link for nearly 4 years now and I started out on the in-house teacher training program as I had no previous English-teaching experience.
The initial program was rather intense, but well worth the effort as I learnt so much and received a teaching qualification out of it, as well.
As for conditions when working with Language Link, I generally don't have many complaints. The pay isn't amazing but it's always been sufficient for my needs without having to be too careful. What's more, accommodation is provided and, upon successful completion of a contract, visa and flight costs are reimbursed. There is also sick leave and medical insurance and holiday time included.
When I first took this job, I didn't see myself staying very long and wasn't sure I would enjoy teaching at all, but, as I said, I'm now in my fourth year here and still enjoying both my job and my life in Moscow.
I would say that if you are considering moving to Russia, you should think about it carefully first- it's not for everyone, but I can honestly say that I have no regrets at all about moving here and I have lived in different cities as both a student and a teacher, so it can also be incredibly rewarding, and Language Link has a good support system in place.
As with anything in life, it's worth doing your research, both about the country and the job, but ultimately, even if you only want to come short term, I would definitely recommend working with Language Link and coming to Russia.

Program: Teach English in Russia

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