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Maxim Achkasov

Maksym A.

Teacher of English and Russian as foreign languages

Hi! My name is Maksym Achkasoff. I am a teacher of business and legal English. I also teach Russian as a foreign language. I offer both face-to-face and online courses for adult learners. I obtained two degrees (B.A., M.A.) from the University of Manchester. Besides that I earned the Certificate of Educational Studies in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, INTESOL WORLDWIDE LTD (Great Britain), and completed the course of International Business English Training (Cert IBET). I successfully passed three modules of Teacher Knowledge Test and Business English Certificate: Higher (Cambridge ESOL Examinations), and am the author of various video courses (English Grammar for Russian-speaking learners, Russian Grammar for English-speaking learners, Effective Presentations and Negotiating in English and other).

My interests lie in the development of blended learning programs, setting and adjusting Learning Management Systems (Moodle, Schoology, Edmodo, etc.), improving school managerial processes with the help of innovative digital technologies, and enhancing online testing / assessment procedures.

Besides that, I pretty much enjoy thought-provoking cinema, fine art, realistic and non-photoshopped photography, honest music and, most especially, words.


Becoming a Confident Trainer (ConfTrnr); by Karen Turnbull and Peter Green with Open2Study, Open Universities Australia (OUA) ...
Early Childhood Education (EChldEdu); by Caitlin O’Connell and Helen Lawrence Gowrie Victoria courses and instructors with Open2Study, Open Universities Australia (OUA) ...
Business English: Effective Communication for Business Career (Webinar); from Macmillan Education by Laura Hudson ...
User Experience for the Web (WebUX); Open2Study from Open Universities Australia (OUA) ...
Grammar for Teachers: Language Awareness; Cambridge English Teacher: Cambridge English Language Assessment ...
Management for a Competitive Edge (MgtEdge); Open2Study from International College of Management Sydney (ICMS) and Open Universities Australia (OUA) ...
Education in a Changing World; Open2Study from Open Universities Australia (OUA) ...
Entrepreneurship and Family Business; Open2Study from RMIT University ...
Diploma in Teaching Skills for Educators; ALISON, Ireland ...
Teaching Adult Learners; Open2Study from Open Universities Australia (OUA) ...
11/2010 - 2/2011
Primary English Teacher Training Online (Primary ETTO); British Council, Ukraine; ...
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Counseling; Institute of Positive Technologies and Consulting; Moscow; ...
3/2010 - 1/2012
Diploma in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); INTESOL WORLDWIDE LTD, England;
International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Listening 7.0, Reading 7.5, Writing 6.5, Speaking 8.0, Overall Band Score 7.5; University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations; ...
10/2010 - 4/2011
International Business English Training (Cert IBET); by BESIG, Trinity College London, English UK and The Consultants-E; ...
Business English Certificate: Higher, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations; ...
Teaching Knowledge Test, Language and background to language learning and teaching, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations; ...
Teaching Knowledge Test, Lesson planning and use of resources for language teaching, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations; ...
Teaching Knowledge Test, Managing the teaching and learning process, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations; ...
Diploma in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language, Moscow M.V. Lomonosov State University; ...
7/2001 - 10/2005
Master of Arts in the Issues of Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, The University of Manchester, Regents Theological College ...
7/2001 - 1/2005
8/2000 - 6/2001
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theology (degree with honors), The University of Manchester, Regents Theological College ...
9/1996 - 12/1999
Accounting Specialist, The Kharkov Institute of Economics and Finances, Ukraine ...


7/2005 - now
Teacher of business, legal and financial English at English4real;
1/2012 - 1/2013
Co-ordinator of Business English Special Interest group at IATEFL Ukraine;
7/2007 - 7/2010
Director at INTESOL Ukraine (franchise), INTESOL WORLDWIDE LTD, England;
9/2002 - 8/2005
Teacher of Systematic Theology, Apologetics and Ancient Hebrew at Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary, Ukraine.

Duties and responsibilities

Current duties and responsibilities include (though are not restricted to):

  • designing language course curriculum;
  • planning, preparing and delivering lessons to students;
  • preparing classroom and coursework materials, homework assignments, and handouts;
  • preparing and setting tests, examination papers, and exercises;
  • marking and providing appropriate feedback on oral and written work;
  • encouraging students to actively participate throughout class;
  • devising, writing and producing new materials, including audio and visual resources;
  • teaching groups and on a one-to-one basis;
  • participating in branding and promotion of the language school;
  • conducting administration, such as enrolling student, keeping attendance records, awarding certificates of completion of courses.


  • Second language acquisition (Dialogue);
  • Website design (HTML5, CSS3);
  • Art (black and white photography, fine art);
  • Music (playing the guitar);
  • Business (branding, marketing, start-ups and entrepreneurship);
  • Religion (as a social phenomenon);
  • Psychology (human identity and relations).

English Grammar

Russian Grammar


Students' responses
"...these classes made a significant contribution to my preparation for the IELTS test, which I successfully passed with a total score 8."  - Eugene Bilyk

Music in classes


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