Katherine Hyvärinen

(Company Owner & Language Consultant for English, French, German)

In 2009, Katherine graduated from Aston University, Birmingham UK, with an Honours degree in International Relations and German.
In recent years, she has trained a large number of students from all over the world and has taught both General and Business English in the Geneva Area 2004-2005 (prior to University) and for the past 10 years in Moscow.

Katherine is a Corporate English Language Trainer in the computer software, consulting, financial, legal, media and pharmaceutical industry in Moscow and sees the growing need for language training. Thanks to her international background (born in Switzerland of British / Finnish parents) and having gained valuable work experience abroad, she decided to establish her own company in 2012.

Teaching and work experience :

2004 – 2005: English and French Language Teacher at Active Languages (Geneva, Switzerland)

2004 – 2005: English Language Teacher at UEFA (Nyon, Switzerland)

2007 – 2008: Marketing Assistant (French department), logistics company: LKW Walter (Kufstein, Austria)

2009 – 2012: English Language Teacher at International Professional Training (IPT), (Moscow, Russia)

2011 – 2014: Editor for the International Labour Organization (ILO) (Moscow, Russia)

2012 – ongoing: Providing In-Company training courses in Moscow for HLT

Exam Preparation :

Katherine has prepared company employees for the Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française exam (DELF; level: A1-B2) and University of Cambridge exams: International Legal English Certificate (ILEC), Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Business English Certificate (BEC) Preliminary and Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher.

Other related activities / projects :

2014 – ongoing: Skype and Zoom training in English, French and German for Russian students. This includes Oral preparation in German for the Russian Unified State Exam (Единый государственный экзамен, ЕГЭ) and coaching for high level employees appearing before promotion boards where English is required.

2016 – ongoing: 1-2 week English, French, German intensive courses at HLT headquarters in St-Cergue, Switzerland, for Russian clients from Moscow.

Email : mary.hyvarinen@bluewin.ch

Mary C. Hyvärinen

(English Language Consultant for Business English and Cambridge Exam Preparation). Entered teaching 1997.

Teaching Certificates :

1996: RSA/Cambridge Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA).

2000: The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Certificate in Teaching English for Business (LCCI Cert TEB).

Worked for the following Language Schools in the Geneva Area :
1998 – 2002; 2006 – 2008: Active Languages
1997 – 1999: ASC International House
1997 – 1999: BELL Language School
1997 – 2000: Berlitz School of Languages
2002 – 2005; 2012 – 2013: Ecole de Management et de Communication (ESM)

Through ASC International House, Active Languages and BELL Language School, Mary taught Business English in the banking sector (ABN Amro, Banco Santander, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Julius Baer, Pictet and UBS)

Private In-Company teaching in the Geneva / Vaud Area :

1998 – 2007: Touring Club Suisse (TCS)
2001 – 2007; 2012 – 2018: Beckman Coulter
2003 – 2012: ABB Sécheron
2015: Pictet Bank
2015: Barclays Bank

Exam preparation :
Since 2000, Mary has mostly concentrated on Business English and prepared over 100 company employees for the Cambridge Business English exams (BEC). 93% pass rate. High success rate also for Cambridge Main Suite Exams: First Certificate in English (FCE), Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Other related activities :
2004 – 2007: University of Cambridge Oral Examiner.

2008: Conducted workshops on changes to the FCE and CAE exam.

2009 – ongoing: Regularly attends Teacher workshops throughout Switzerland given by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Pearson.

2013 – ongoing: Numerous private students at HLT headquarters.

2014 – 2018: Contract through l’Office de l’Assurance-invalidité pour le canton de Vaud (AI).

Email : mary.hyvarinen@bluewin.ch


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