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Anna Leontieva

  • Anna Leontieva has been at HSE University since 2011.

Education and Degrees

  • 2005

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 2001

    Master's in Philology
    Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod

  • 1999

    Bachelor's in Philology
    Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2018/2019)



  • Book Birzer S., Bogomolova E., Bondarenko M., Dornicheva D., Khotimsky M., Kogan V. V., Kotelnikova D., Anna Leontyeva, Schnittke E. Dynamic Teaching of Russian: Gamification of Learning. Routledge, 2023. doi
  • Chapter Khotimsky M., Anna Leontyeva. Lessons of the Pandemic: A critical look at digital tools for online and face-to-face instruction of Russian as a foreign language, in: Student-Centered Approaches to Russian Language Teaching: Insights, Strategies, and Adaptations. Routledge, 2023. doi Ch. 9. P. 135-155. doi
  • Chapter Anna Leontyeva, Schnittke E. The use of Authentic Games in Teaching L2 Russian Grammar, in: Dynamic Teaching of Russian: Gamification of Learning. Routledge, 2023. doi Ch. 5. P. 81-107. doi


  • 2021

    Симпозиум "Русская грамматика" (Потсдам). Presentation: Adjectives with Suffix -TEL’N- Formed from One-Placed Predicates in Russian

  • 2019

    VI конференция «Русский язык: конструкционные и лексико-семантические подходы» (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Морфологические и семантические особенности русских прилагательных с суффиксом -тельн(ый) в синхронии и диахронии

  • 2016

    Русский язык – гарант диалога культур, научного сотрудничества, межнационального и межличностного общения в XXI веке (Ереван). Presentation: Проектная деятельность на уроках РКИ

Employment history

Anna L. Leontyeva

Citizenship: Russia, Israel

Address: Moscow, Shipilovskaya, 50 – 2 – 279

Phone: +7 916 703 56 78

Email: annaleontyeva1978@gmail.com



Russian, semantics, discourse analysis, speech of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, teaching Russian as a Foreign Language


Ph.D. (candidate of philology) – linguistics, Moscow State University (2004)

M.A. (with distinction) – philology, teaching RFL, Nizhny Novgorod State University (2001)

B.A. (with distinction) – philology, (1999)

Job Related Training:

Teach English now, TESOL Certificate, Arizona State University in Coursera (2015 - present):




Shaping the Way We Teach English, 1: The Landscape of English Language Teaching, American English Institute, University of Oregon - in Coursera (2015):


Shaping the Way We Teach English, 2: Paths to Success in ELT, American English Institute, University of Oregon - in Coursera (2015): https://www.coursera.org/maestro/api/certificate/get_certificate?course_id=974973

The bilingual brain, University of Houston –- in Coursera (2015):  https://www.coursera.org/maestro/api/certificate/get_certificate?course_id=975510


Work Experience: 

Moscow State University (Leninskie Gory, 1, building 51, suite 1, philological faculty, office 867, Moscow, 119991, Russia)

10/2002 - 09/2014; 09/20015 – 06/2016: tutor of RFL for all levels

School №315 (Rusakovskaya St., 10, Moscow, 107140, Russia)

02/2002 - 05/2002 – teacher of academic writing

Language Skills

Russian – native, English – advanced, Hebrew – upper-intermediate, Czech – lower intermediate



Teaching philosophy

A teacher of a foreign language, what does it mean? An interesting guide or a boring nurse? A talented actor or a strict mentor? Or maybe he or she plays all these roles? For me, a teacher of a foreign language is like a potter. Not Harry Potter, of course, but surely a kind of wizard. Why a potter? Because a teacher creates a usable language competence of his or her students like a potter creates something usable and very useful – pottery. We create something usable and useful out of nothing. And it is a kind of miracle, is not it? This is what teaching means to me.

I teach Russian as a foreign language. This is a two-sided process. On the one hand, I teach my students to acquire a language as a system, and, on the other hand, I must teach them to use this system adequately, i.e. to communicate in a target language. And the former is just a means of the latter.

Nobody can acquire a language in a day. And even a year is not enough. Thus, my short-term goal is to provide my students with the minimal language knowledge to be successful in communication. If their message is understandable and they can understand simple speech of friendly people, I did my job well. As for my long term goals, I want to teach my students to communicate in Russian out of my class: to read different texts from internet and to listen to authentic music, to write letters and to talk with native speakers and with other people who also know the Russian language.

Timetable for today

Full timetable

International Students Learn Russian Through Theatre Performance

International students at HSE University acted in and shot a film-play in Russian as part of the ‘Russian through Drama’ course. The students spent a semester preparing the play, immersing themselves in the Russian language and cultural environment. The HSE News Service spoke with the instructors and students about their work on the play and their Russian studies.

‘One of the Biggest Advantages of HSE University Is Its Multi-cultural And International Environment’

Parisa Esmaeilkhani, from Iran, and Anshuman Sharma, from India, are currently studying in HSE University’s English-taught Master’s programmes. In an interview with HSE News Service, they talked about enrolling at HSE University, discovering Moscow, learning Russian, exploring the opportunities HSE University offers, and studying remotely during the pandemic.