Olga Helly

Position: Lecturer
Email: hellyo@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Institute of Languages and Culture

Professional Biography

Olga Helly is a lecturer in Russian with extensive experience in teaching Russian as a foreign language at all levels, both to individuals and groups. She started her teaching career as a language lecturer at the Moscow State University. She has extensive experience in designing courses and programs both for students of all levels and post-graduates.

Apart from her lectureship in Regent’s University London she held a position of a language consultant for the London Metropolitan University MA course in Applied Linguistics for 5 years.

She is also a qualified interpreter, translator and a trained radio journalist/producer who had worked for the BBC World Service, Russian Service as a full-time member of staff for 13 years. Olga  has also performed external examiner  duties in a number of universities including Hull University, King’s College London and LBS.

Qualifications

  • MA Modern Languages and Linguistics, Moscow State University, 1971
  • BEd. (Hons.) First Class, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Moscow State Pedagogical Institute, 1970

Relevant Past Employment

  • 1995 – 2009, Visiting Lecturer in Russian, European Business School, London
  • 2003 – 2004, Translator and “voice-over”, BBC World (television)
  • 1998 – 2002, Producer and news translator/editor for FCO, MediaLink, London Radio Service
  • 1995 – 2000, Language consultant for London Metropolitan University MA course in Applied Linguistics, Department of Humanities, Arts and Languages, London Metropolitan University
  • 1996 – 1998, Russian Language Coordinator, “Communicaid Group” London
  • 1983 – 1996, Staff Producer, BBC World Service, Russian Service
  • 1972 – 1983: Senior Teacher, Moscow Lomonosov State University

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Charted Institute of Linguists
  • Member of United Linguists Association

Teaching & Course Development

Teaching

  • RILC, Regent's University London
    • Module Leader and Lecturer in Business Russian on BA Business Russian Language programs: Level 3 -Foundation, Level 4 –Stages 1&2, Level 5 – Stages 3,4,5,6, Level 6
    • Evening Class – teaching beginners & Intermediate students
  • Department of Humanities, Arts and Languages, London Metropolitan University
    • MA in Applied Linguistics
    • Russian Language Consultant
    • Evening class teacher of Russian

Course Development

  • Olga has developed all her courses both on Undergraduate and MA Level

Research Supervision

Regent’s University London 

  • MA Course ‘Changing geography of international businesses'
  • PLP Program

London Metropolitan University

  • MA course in Applied Linguistics

Examining

  • Regent’s University London
    • setting, making and marking of all written and oral examinations at all levels (Levels 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Chartered Institute of Linguists Examination Board -
    • performing duties of the Examiner for The Diploma in Public Service Interpreting - DPSI, The Diploma in Police Interpreting

External Examiner:

  • 2013 ‑ 2015: Hull University Language Centre
  • 2013 ‑ 2016: King’s College Language Centre  
  • 2016 ‑ present: London Business School – (LBS)

Research Interests

  • cross-cultural studies;
  • students' autonomous learning;
  • learning strategies;
  • developing writing skills of learners of Russian using VLE;
  • simulation and role-play in foreign language teaching;
  • students’ feedback as a means of improving students' learning;
  • innovative teaching and learning of foreign languages at the university;
  • e-learning at the university;
  • quality teaching at the university level

Publications

Articles

  • Helly,O. (2017) Assessment in CLIL: Four principles of using Discussion Boards as a formative assessment at advanced level Business Russian at Regent’s University London for an edited volume in Assessment for learning in the CLIL classroom (Proposal submitted)
  • Helly, O. (2015). Using Wikis as an Online Constructive Tool to Teach Writing Skills to Intermediate Learners of Russian,  Proceedings of the of the  2nd International conference “The Magic of Innovation: New Trends in Language Research and Teaching Foreign Languages, vol. 2, Section 7, pp. 534-539
  • Helly, O. (2013). Problems associated with teaching Business Russian to Advanced Learners at Regent’s  University, London, and appropriate methodology and techniques to address these  - a case-study, IV International Conference “Language, Culture and Society in Russian /English Studies”-  The Proceedings, pp.215-220

Textbooks

  • Helly, O. (2017). Business Russian for Advanced Learners –Workbook, ISBN 978-5-90630-45-3, Buki Vedi Publishers: Moscow
  • Helly, O. (2011). Business Russian for advanced students – Textbook. Media-Print: Moscow
  • Helly, O. (1983). Practical exercises for beginner learners of English. Moscow State University Press: Moscow
  • Helly, O. (1981). Difficulties of English-Russian translation. Moscow State University Press: Moscow

Other Outputs

  • Making feature programs for the BBC Russian Service e.g. “Death penalty in Britain”, 1983-1996
  • Translating and reading news on a regular basis for the BBC Russian Service, 1983-1996
  • Writing original pieces for the BBC Russian Service 1983-2010
  • Producing  programs such as 1-hour programmer “London View” for the BBC Russian Service, 1983-2010
  • Translating and transcribing various Russian interviews for BBC 1 Newsnight  Program , 2000-2010

Conference Papers Given

  • Discussion boards: a constructivist approach and a means of consolidating writing skills for advanced learners of business Russian, Languages for Specific Purposes in Higher Education, Oxford University (2017)
  • Level 6 - how to make a class discussion really interactive, Presentation at Regent's Teacher's Conference (2017)
  • Russian emigrants in USA -coping with the cultural shock, Presentation at the Staff Conference (2016)
  • Using wikis to improve writing skills of the intermediate-level learners of Russian, 10th annual LLAS e-learning symposium, the University of Southampton (2015)
  • Using Wikis as an online constructive tool in teaching intermediate learners of Russian, 2nd International conference ‘The Magic of Innovation: New Trends in Language Research and Teaching Foreign Languages’, MGIMO (2015)
  • Using wikis and discussion boards at Level 6 to enhance teaching, 9th annual LLAS e-learning symposium, the University of Southampton (2014)
  • Using wikis in teaching intermediate-level Russian –5thInternational conference 'Language, culture, and society in Russian / English studies’ (2014)
  • Problems associated with teaching Business Russian to Advanced Learners at Regent’s University London, and appropriate methodology and techniques to address these, 4th International conference 'Language, culture, and society in Russian / English studies (2013)

Last updated: 08 December 2017