Zara Tumanyan

Zara Tumanyan

Head of Modern Languages
Russian Language Teacher


  • MA in Linguistics, Melitopol State University, Ukraine 

Before coming to UWC Dilijan I taught at a few universities and schools in Yerevan and Dilijan and worked as a translator at the Embassy of Ukraine in Armenia and the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Armenia. Aside from that, I did a translation of a book from Ukrainian to Armenian, “The History of Ukraine” by Orest Subtelny.

What is the favourite part of the course you teach?
The favourite part of the course I teach is preparation for the internal assessments. That's the part when my students practise their productive skills and start feeling more and more confident realising that they can express their thoughts in a new language.

Which teaching method do you prefer and why?
I can't say I prefer one method to another. Each method has certain benefits and should be applied in some situations. I believe that demonstrating and collaboration are the most effective teaching methods. The side benefit is the development of communication skills and teamwork. I have experience with all main teaching methods, including explanation, demonstration, learning by teaching, and learning by playing which students like a lot. I always try to mix methods up, so the students experience the unknown, and the lessons are not routine, or boring.

What advice would you give to a student of your subject?
The best advice to a student learning a new language is regular practice. Here students have a fantastic opportunity to practise the target language with native speakers.

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
My mother is my role model. She is the person who has been inspiring me through all my life. She taught me "Never give up". 

What is your life motto?
One person can make a difference.

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
Family, friends, work.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my children, read books and meet friends.