• Natalia Dolgova (formerly Jacobsen), PhD

    Applied linguist and EAP/ESP professional

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  • Hello!


    I am currently Teaching Assistant Professor of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC. I received my PhD in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University; my dissertation was dedicated to exploring uses of cognitive linguistic theory (specifically, that pertaining to English conditionals) and task-based language teaching for EAP instruction. At GWU I teach courses in academic writing and research to newly matriculated graduate students.


    The research projects I have been engaged in at GWU concern the analysis of specific needs of international graduate students and creating locally valid and authentic diagnostic assessments for course placement.


    My research interests focus on adapting and converting tenets and tools from cognitive and corpus linguistics into successful L2 writing instruction, particularly within the advanced learners' context. My long-term research goal lies with designing highly effective pedagogical interventions that would be grounded in usage-based L2 theories/practices (such as but not limited to cognitive and corpus linguistics).


    Beginning from 2016, I transitioned to using Dolgova as my last name instead of (Dolgova) Jacobsen.

    My CV

    The most recent (July 2017) version of my CV is available here

  • Teaching

    EAP and ESP Courses taught at George Washington University

    Academic Writing & Research I for Graduate Students

    Academic Writing & Research II for Graduate Students

    Academic Writing & Research for International Graduate Students of Finance and Business

    Special Topics in EAP: Writing & Communication for Data Science

    Academic Writing & Research for International Graduate Students of Statistics and Data Science

    Language and linguistics courses (co-)taught at Georgetown University

    Introduction to Language and Linguistics

    How To Teach Second/Foreign Languages

    Advanced ESL Writing (Georgetown University Law Center)

    Courses/subjects taught in other contexts

    Introduction to Academic Writing, University Without Borders

    Beginning Russian, George Washington University
    Intermediate Russian, George Washington University
    English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Prince William County Public Schools

  • Select publications

    For a full list of publications, please see CV

    Articles in refereed journals

    Dolgova Jacobsen, N. (2016). The best of both worlds: Combining cognitive linguistics and pedagogic tasks to teach English conditionals. Applied Linguistics. doi: 10.1093/applin/amw030


    Mueller, C. M., & Jacobsen, N. Dolgova (2016). A comparison of the effectiveness of EFL students’ use of dictionaries and an online corpus for the enhancement of revision skills. ReCALL, 28(1), 3-21. doi:10.1017/S0958344015000142.

    Articles in edited volumes

    Siczek, M., & Dolgova, N. (In progress, expected publication in 2018). The value of usage-based approaches to diagnostic placement assessment in graduate EAP. In Ruecker, T. & Crusan, D. (Eds.) International political contexts of second language writing assessment. New York: Routledge


    Dolgova Jacobsen, N. (In press, expected 2017). The use of hedging devices in L2 legal writing: a cognitive functional perspective. In Pickering, L., & Evans, V. (Eds.) Language learning discourse and cognition: Studies in the tradition of Andrea Tyler. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


    Dolgova Jacobsen, N. (In press, expected 2017). Using blending to teach English conditionals. In Tyler, A., & Moder, C. (Eds.) What is applied cognitive linguistics? Answers from current SLA research. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter


    Jacobsen, N. (2015). A cognitive linguistic analysis of English conditionals in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instruction: Implications from Sociocultural Theory. In Masuda, K., Arnett, C., & Labarca, A. (Eds.), Cognitive linguistics and sociocultural theory: Applications for second and foreign language teaching (pp. 103-125), Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter link to chapter

  • Recent (select) conference presentations

    Dolgova, N. (2017). Local Assessment in EAP Context. Paper presentation, invited panel ‘From IEP to degree: Strategies for successful transitions.’ Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual meeting, March 21-24, Seattle, WA


    Dolgova, N., & Siczek, M. (2017). Contextualizing Assessment: Developing a Usage-Based Diagnostic Placement Procedure for Graduate EAP. Paper presentation, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) meeting, March 18-21, Portland, OR


    Dolgova Jacobsen, N. (2016). How Useful Are Corpus Linguistic Tools for Error Correction? Insights from Learner Data. Paper presentation, Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) conference, September 22-25, New York, NY


    Dolgova Jacobsen, N. (2016). Transitions to Academic Thinking: Common Problems of L2 Writers Tackling American Academic Discourse. Paper presentation, invited panel ‘Post-secondary writing: Reflecting future writing expectations’. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual meeting, April 5-8, Baltimore, MD.


    Coon, D., & Dolgova Jacobsen, N. (2016). Effective Practices in Writing Instruction for Community College English Learners. Research-oriented presentation, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual meeting, April 5-8, Baltimore, MD.


    Dolgova Jacobsen, N., & Siczek, M. (2016). Promoting Target Language Use Through a Usage-Based Diagnostic Assessment Procedure in a Graduate EAP Program. Paper presentation, Georgetown University Round Table on Linguistics (GURT), March 11-13, Washington DC.


    Jacobsen, N. D. (2015). Using Linguistic Needs Analysis to Inform Academic Preparation Practices for International Graduate Students in Statistics. Paper presentation, Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) conference, September 16-18, Leuven, Belgium


    Jacobsen, N. D. (2015). Expression of Point of View in English Conditional Constructions and its Applications to L2 context. Paper presentation, Thinking, Doing, Learning in L2 (TDL2) conference, June 3-5, Groningen, Netherlands

  • EAP Materials

    Coming soon

  • Projects/Collaborations

    Research Projects

    Detailed descriptions coming soon.


    I have served as consultant/invited speaker for various projects related to second language teaching, second language acquisition, language assessment, cognitive linguistics, and English for Academic Purposes at the following organizations:


    George Washington University

    Center for Applied Linguistics

    American Institutes for Research

    University of Maryland

    Center for Advanced Study of Language


    If you are interested in collaborating with me, please feel free to get in touch.

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