Galina Sanaeva M.Ed & PhD

I am a native Russian speaker, born and raised in Russia. I am a university Russian Language Instructor, educator, researcher, translator and mom of two bilingual children currently living on the West Coast of Canada. I am fluent in three languages: Russian, English, Polish. 

In Russia, I chose an academic career and completed my M.Ed. (Languages and Literature) in 2005 and then acquired a PhD at A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature in the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow (2009). 

I also hold a Certificate in Training Methods of Teaching Russian as Foreign Language from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (2006).   

I chose the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia  for a reason.

The method developed by S. Khavronina and A. Shirochenskaya (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia) is considered one of the most effective techniques of learning Russian as a foreign language.  This technique was developed in 1970s and it’s based on a communicative approach. I was very lucky to learn in person from the authors of the very first Russian course “Methodology of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language” — S. Khavronina and A. Shirochenskaya. 

I am an active member of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL) and the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR).  In 2023, I became a silver winner through the qualifying stage of the 1st International Competition of Teachers of Russian language abroad.  

I started teaching in my 3rd year of university in 2003.  I taught a foreign language at a school in Russia and worked as a teacher of Russian and Literature at the Russian school in Canada (Victoria, BC).  

Currently, beside teaching at my own school of Russian Language,  I am working in Canada as a Russian language instructor at the University of Victoria (UVic) Continuing Studies and at the SelfDesign Learning Foundation. 

My group and one-on-one classes, both in person and on-line, helped hundreds of students from around the world (Germany, Poland, China, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Greece, UK) to learn, improve, practice Russian language and deepen their knowledge of Russian culture. The age range of my students varies from 5 to 86.  I am very proud of success of my students. In 2023, two of my students became winners of XIII International Pushkin Competition held by Pushkin State Russian Language Institute (Moscow).  There are only two winners from Canada in all 6 nominations and … both are my students! 

I teach bilingual children and youth and can help “heritage language” learners. 

My experience as a researcher includes writing articles and papers — which have been published in Russia, Poland, Canada and Ukraine — editing newsletters, and translating and writing books.  I have 14 published papers, several published translations and one book I wrote as a co-author.  

20 years of a versatile teaching experience combined with my professional academic background and love for teaching and sharing knowledge have helped me to create a truly inspiring learning environment for my students. I know how to make your Russian language journey fun, practical and effective. 

Besides being passionate about the teaching, I love nature, psychology, music, cinematography, design, and cooking. 

In Russia, I finished a classical school of art — four years of training. I love and appreciate art.

I collect Russian crafts and art.  In my Russian language classes, I always share about Russian art, crafts, customs, and food. 

In 2018-2019 I was teaching Russian Culture Course at the University of Victoria (UVic) Continuing Studies.

I love learning. Several times a year I takes courses, attend conferences, webinars, and workshops on various topics but —of course — mostly on teaching the language.  

In 2023, the only Canadian winners of The XIII International Pushkin of Russian Language Competition were two of Galina’s students.

  • Galina taught me in a beginner Russian class (with zero prior experience with speaking, reading or writing the language) and was excellent at teaching concepts and keeping classes fun and... read more

    Stephanie Tarasoff Avatar Stephanie Tarasoff
    February 9, 2023

    I recently had the pleasure of taking Galina's Beginner Russian Language Course, and I am thrilled to share my positive experience. Galina is a fantastic instructor who is not only... read more

    Douglas Walker Avatar Douglas Walker
    April 14, 2023

    Galina is passionate about Russian language and Russian culture! It brought much joy to see her work with children at the Victoria Russian school in 2019. Kids learn Russian fast... read more

    Angelika Revoy Avatar Angelika Revoy
    April 3, 2023

    Galina is a great teacher. She is well organized and brings culture to class. I highly recommend her class.

    Matt Garner Avatar Matt Garner
    February 8, 2023

    I find that learning the Russian language very insightful and that Galina explains it very well, whatever your level of understanding for the Russian language. Learning a new language is... read more

    Jonnie Cleveland Avatar Jonnie Cleveland
    December 21, 2022

    Highly recommend Galina's classes! Anna and I have been interested in Russian language and culture for a long time. We've been loving learning about both. Galina has done an amazing... read more

    Noah Masters Avatar Noah Masters
    January 18, 2023
  • Galina is full of passion and love for the Russian language, and that makes her a wonderful teacher to our two girls. Our children started learning Russian with Galina 2... read more

    Alla Kalujina Gauvreau Avatar Alla Kalujina Gauvreau
    June 15, 2023

    Galina Sanaeva is an excellent Russian teacher.

    Ian Janice Avatar Ian Janice
    February 9, 2023

    Galina was my son's Russian teacher for a few years. She is a great teacher! Galina keeps her lessons fun and engaging through a variety of activities that improve conversation,... read more

    Светлана Куницина Avatar Светлана Куницина
    February 7, 2023

    Dr. Sanaeva is an exceptional educator who I highly recommend. She has been tutoring my son for quite some time now. Her extensive knowledge and passion for the subject are... read more

    Aleksey Napolskih Avatar Aleksey Napolskih
    December 20, 2022

    Great classes that cater well to what and how the student wants to learn. Very friendly and flexible teacher. I have been taking lessons for a couple of years now... read more

    Chris Russell Avatar Chris Russell
    January 18, 2023

    Galina is an exceptional Russian teacher who has impressed both me and my children with her professionalism and intelligence. Her teaching style is engaging and effective, making it easy for... read more

    Dmitry Anoshin Avatar Dmitry Anoshin
    April 4, 2023
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