Hello! My name is Will and I am an American ESL teacher. I've been working as a teacher for about 5 years now, almost all in Russia (Moscow and Saratov). I've worked with students from 10-50 years old and worked with a variety of different proficiency levels and backgrounds. I'm here to help you Don't be afraid to write me a message or schedule a trial lesson!
My teaching style combines traditional elements as well as some philosophies from my own experience. First of all, I don't believe in immersion as a teaching tool. Immersion requires you to be speaking English most of the day, not only for one hour two to three times a week. That simply isn't immersion. So for that reason, I encourage you to translate sentences and if you speak Russian, you can use Russian in a limited way to understand key concepts more quickly.
Secondly, I don't always support the conversational style of teaching. I mean, in order to form correct sentences and to do it quickly and without mistakes, you MUST understand grammar. Of course, you won't need the most complex grammar most of the time, but if you don't understand things like time/tenses, articles, prepositions, etc. - this is better understood through grammar lessons, not speaking.
That being said, I also believe that materials and administration of materials are two different skills. I mean that teaching isn't the same job as making lessons. I use professional material designed by professionals and make sure you understand everything that you see. This is, I believe, the fastest way to learn. This is also because these professional material often review and revise topics, which is one of the most important parts of language learning. Chances are, you won't remember everything you learn in class, maybe even only 50%, so reviewing what we've learned regularly is very beneficial.
I worked for 6 years in language schools. I have several professional books that I use for teaching as well as supplemental materials for very difficult topics. I encourage you to book a lesson, and we will look at these materials and see which ones are the most fitting for your needs. Of course, a businessman may want different materials than a high school students. An English hobbyist isn't the same as someone who is trying to move to a different country!