If you are familiar with my YouTube channel Amazing Russian, you already know my online work and the way I teach my students.

Would you like to learn about my educational background and  teaching?


My name is Olga Jarrell. I am a Russian language instructor located in the USA. I am a native Russian speaker and currently teaching Russian at Utah Valley University (Orem, Utah, USA). 


BA in Foreign Language instruction, MA in English from Karelian State Pedagogical University (Russia)


TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate (University of Utah), Utah Professional Educator’s License, Teaching Strategies Certificate (UVU)


30+ years of teaching ESL in Russia and the USA, 10 years of teaching Russian at Utah Valley University (USA), experience in curriculum design, experience in developing  online Russian courses for Brigham Young University (USA)


  • Seminars, workshops and educational fairs: engaged learning, blended learning, technology enhanced learning, videos for learning, communicative games

  • Webinars: innovations in teaching, course curriculum, student engagement, teaching Russian via Skype


Anonymous course evaluations from Utah Valley University

Professor Jarrell is amazing. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to take Russian. I was impressed with my own language learning skills, and the class overall was amazing. I am able to speak in paragraphs in a language I wasn’t sure I would not able to learn. She was really helpful and knows a lot about her subject. She loves the language and cares about her students. Honestly, I am so impressed with her class.

first semester Russia

This conversational class is a good place to practice Russian. It is full of interactive exercises and fun activities. It went hand in hand with my Beginning Russian class. It is amazing, and I have nothing but great things to say about the class and Professor Jarrell. 

first year Conversational Russian

Fantastic instructor. Cares deeply about student performance and success. Always goes extra mile to help. Creates a wonderful classroom environment related to learning a language.

first semester Russian

I had 6 classes with Olga, and she has been one of the most helpful instructors I’ve had in my entire time at UVU. She really cares about students’ success and tries to help as much as possible.

second year Conversational Russian

I have been with Olga through 3 semesters in her class, and it has been one of the enjoyable time of my school life.

first semester Intermediate Russian

I recommend Olga Jarrell to any student wanting to learn Russian. I will continue to use the videos she made. They are so useful!

first semester Intermediate Russian

I want to thank Olga for all the amazing work she did for me. She is by far my favorite teacher at UVU. The effort and work she put in was unbelievable. I was always impressed by how much she cared about us. Her love for Russia and the language helped me want to learn this amazing language.

second semester Intermediate Russian

Спасибо за два отличных семестра. Я многому научился. Вы отличный преподаватель.

second semester Intermediate Russian

It is rare to find a teacher so dedicated and obviously caring so much about those she teachers. I am proud to be her student and always will be. My time in her class has been the most enjoyable and rewarding of my experiences at University.

second semester Intermediate Russian

I could never thank you enough for everything you have taught me. I never thought I would come so far in any language. You believed in me and helped me believe in myself. You are no doubt the best teacher I have ever had in my entire life, not to mention the best at UVU! Everyone who has you as a teacher is extremely lucky.

second semester Intermediate Russian

There aren’t enough ways to say thanks. You have changed my life. Russian will be a part of me, as will you. Thank you for teaching me appreciate the culture and the language that I will love for the rest of my life. I promise to watch your videos. They are so great!

second semester Intermediate Russian

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YouTube subscriber

I have watched several of your beginning and intermediate level videos and they are all outstanding! You integrate spoken and written material so that your presentations of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation all reinforce each other. Your grammar explanations are particularly easy to understand and remember because you give many spoken and written examples of specific applications for each rule that you present, and you focus on the target language rather than on lengthy discourses in English. I also appreciate very much that you introduce elements of history and culture; it makes the learning experience even more meaningful and enjoyable. I will recommend your videos to the others in my adult education class. Please consider writing a textbook in your "free time." You are a model of excellent teaching. 

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YouTube subscriber

  • An excellent lesson. Informative and well structured. Great visuals and an excellent opportunity to practice along with the lesson. Thanks!

  • Another excellent video. The graphics really support the learning process, and assist comprehension. It's great how your visuals are not static, the animations and movement make the learning process more engaging and easier to follow. Thanks for (your) lesson.

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YouTube subscriber

I've followed several YouTube channels on learning Russian but this is by far the best. Olga does a very professional teaching presentation here.


YouTube suscriber

The best free Russian YouTube videos for Russian learners. Спасибо большое.


Facebook page reviewer

Just recently subscribed to Amazing Russian on YouTube and FB. The videos are perfect for those wanting to learn Russian. Olga is well spoken, clear, concise and knowledgeable. It's a great way to learn at your own pace if you have little time for traditional class style of education. Спасибо большое!


Facebook page reviewer

I love Olga's teaching method. I study with her videos every day. Her relaxing tone and music background is excellent for studying at night.


YouTube subscriber

Fantastic Russian language teacher, her YouTube videos are as her channel states Amazing!!!


YouTube subscriber

This clip is simply outstanding. A perfect blend of carefully crafted Russian for students, blended with lots of creativity, and communication skills.


Website comment

I've studied Russian on my own, off and on, for years – and verb pairs had remained difficult to master. However, your YouTube videos and the downloads are so very clear and have been enormously helpful. You are a gifted teacher indeed! Thank you.

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