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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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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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Language Link Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

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    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    9

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    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

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    9

A great opportunity Russophiles and career English teachers alike!

I spent a total of 4 years working in Moscow for Language Link and I can honestly say that they were some of the best years of my life! It was a long-standing goal of mine to go to Russia but for a while I didn't know how I would get there. Then I heard about Language Link from someone who had worked for them and I knew I had found the solution - but not much else!
It turns out Language Link made the process as easy as possible - from the visa process to housing to the Intern Training Program - things were set up so that those who really wanted to get the most out of the experience - in terms of teaching and living in Russia - could do so easily and with a lot of fun!
The Internship Training Program was intense but I highly recommend it, even to teachers with experience as it provided not only a refresher course and grounding in the basics of English grammar and language teaching methodology but also because it provided a clear picture of the teaching and administrative style Language Link expected, which is something employees should always know about their organization.
Part of why I stayed for 4 years (the original plan was 1!) was because Language Link kept providing me with different teaching experiences - I loved the variety! I worked at Language Link branches, a private school, visited homes and workplaces and I taught everyone from kindergarteners, teenagers to businessmen. I loved the diversity of teaching experiences that provided me and I will always cherish the memories of my favorite students (yes you will have favorites!), on whom I really felt like I made a positive impact - and that is the best review of all.

Program: Teacher Internship Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

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    10

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    10

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    10

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    10

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    10

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    10

Cliche alert - I found my self living abroad

I came to Language Link spoiling for a challenge. I was a bit cocky, a bit confident, and full of raw energy and unmolded talent. The phenomenal Training Department (which I was fortunate enough to join during my tenure at Language Link) gave me the tools needed to succeed in the classroom, and the management staff gave me the space I needed to grow as a teacher and as an adult. I heard early on in my career that teaching children was difficult, as was teaching beginners. I decided to make those my specialties and Rob Jensky and the management team, both academic and administrative, were gentle with their guidance and giving me that space to flourish in those challenging environments. I finished my time in Language Link Moscow as a Senior Director of Studies, contributing to the training programs and creating an intensive Teaching Young Learners course. It was at Language Link that I discovered my love of teaching and in particular working with children; I was free to be myself, personality-wise, in the classroom while maturing as a teacher. I had never imagined that I would pursue teaching and academic administration as a career and here I am, feeling most comfortable professionally in a classroom setting. The best decision young me ever made.

Program: Teach English in Russia

Overall Rating

9 / 10

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    9

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    9

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    9

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    9

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    9

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    9

The best language school in Moscow

Moscow is not the easiest of cities to work in and acclimatise to, but if you're going to do the TEFL thing there, then Language Link is by far the best school to ply your wares.
I worked there for nine years ( 2007-2017), and of all the schools of all the countries I've worked in ( if you'll forgive the minor lapsing into Humphrey Bogart ), LL was one of the best . The best benefits of any school I've worked in ( flights, accomodation and visas all paid for), and incredibly helpful and supportive administration staff, who were all kind enough not to point out that I really should be speaking a little bit more Russian than I actually did by now as each year went by.
The school makes sure that you are given classes that you're suited to, and is also extremely helpful in terms of career development; if you're young ( or even not particularly young ) and ambitious and see yourself progressing from humble EFL teacher to Director Of Studies, this is the place to realise your potential. This was the place where I was encouraged to become a Cambridge Examiner, and where I ended up teaching a lot of pretty interesting Advanced and Profiency classes, of which I retain fond memories of enthusiastic, motivated and intelligent students. Hard work is also recognised at this school, and I definitely felt appreciated , and genial School Director Rob Jensky will certainly let you know if he likes what you're doing ( and if he doesn't like it so much, he'll at least be diplomatic about it )
So, if you're thinking of working in Moscow, Language Link is definitely the place to be.

Program: Teach English in Russia

Overall Rating

10 / 10

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    10

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    8

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    8

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    10

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    10

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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.

Program: Teacher Internship Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

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    9

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    9

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    10

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    10

  • Community

    9

Great teaching opportunity!

Having worked at Language Link for the past 5 years, I feel I'm in a great position to pass along my highest regards for this company. Language Link has always bent over backwards to ensure that I'm happy in my position, have answers to my questions, and thoroughly enjoy what I'm doing.

As with any working situation, there are hiccups from time to time, however, what exemplifies this company is it's willingness to rectify any adverse situations. Though overall, the company works very hard to ensure teachers are properly trained, enjoy what they're doing, and supported all the way.

I can't recommend this company enough. The overwhelming majority of teachers I'm directly in communication with, as well as myself, are extremely happy here and have had amazing experiences as a result. I'm very happy with my decision to join the company.

Program: Teach English in Russia

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