Hi! My name is Maxim Achkasov. I am a Business English teacher. I started my professional career as a teacher of Theology at Theological Seminary in 2002. In 2007 I registered as a private entrepreneur and began working as a self-employed full-time teacher of English language. I obtained two degrees (B.A., M.A.) from the University of Manchester and have been continually expanding my knowledge in various fields and subjects. I enjoy sharing my expertise and skills with my students.
I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances.
From a commencement address at the University of California, Riverside 1975 [Artwork by James Perolls]
If you ask me who I am, my answer would be very simple - I am a teacher. I started this profession straight after I graduated university and have been doing it ever since. Classroom is probably the most comfortable and interesting place for me to be in. Thought provoking questions, honest discussions and debates have always fascinated me. I enjoy sharing knowledge with others and I like to see people develop and grow. Other areas of my interest include:
A collection of ideas and thoughts that impressed and challenged me, forced to think again, the ones I’d want to keep.
A good photograph can tell a story of its own. If I am attentive enough, I might be able to get into it, hear its message.
Episodes from films that are worth watching one more time. Some movies could be entertaining and educational, and some - life changing.
Music is a paradox. On the one hand, it isn’t necessary for human survival, yet on the other it appeals to the inner side of human nature.
Sometimes people can’t find the right words and they start to move to express themselves. I think this type of dance is one of the most beautiful.
There's been an increase of insightful talks by prominent scientists available on the Internet. Here're some of the particularly interesting ones.
Dear Maxim, I would like to thank you for your guidance into business Eenglish. The first part is going to an/the end and now I can see how much is achieved. I have learned a lot on our classes. Mostly I am grateful for my fluency in spoken language. That’s a nice feeling to speak and be confident. Last month I was offered to help as a translator in a specific sphere. When I told you about that, you helped me without any hesitation. Thank you for your support and confidence in my abilities. In the second part of the course I hope to achieve more goals and to pass BEC exam.
Right now I am doing a course in Web-development which I find rather challenging and yet really helpful to those who deal with web projects.Résumé