• Natalia Dolgova (formerly Jacobsen), PhD

    Applied linguist and EAP/ESP professional

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  • Hello!

    About

    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 2019) 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 Statistics and Data Science

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

    Special Topics in EAP: Writing & Communication for 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

    SUGAI Fund Language and Leadership Program, George Washington University

    Special ESL cohort from Fukuoka University Faculty of Law, George Washington University

    Introduction to Academic Writing (online), 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

  • Recent publications

    For a full list of publications, please see CV

    Articles in refereed journals

    Dolgova, N., & Siczek, M. (2019). Assessment from the ground up: Developing and validating a usage-based placement procedure in a graduate EAP context. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 41, 100771 doi: 10.1016/j.jeap.2019.100771

     

    Dolgova, N., & Mueller, C. (2019). How useful are corpus tools for error correction? Insights from learner data. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 39, 97-108. doi: 10.1016/j.jeap.2019.03.007

     

    Dolgova Jacobsen, N. (2018). The best of both worlds: Combining cognitive linguistics and pedagogic tasks to teach English conditionals. Applied Linguistics, 39(5), 668-693. doi: 10.1093/applin/amw030

    Articles in edited volumes

    Dolgova, N., & Tyler, A. (2019). Applications of usage-based approaches to language teaching. In Gao, X. (Ed.) Second handbook of English language teaching (Springer international handbooks of education series). Cham, Switzerland: Springer

     

    Dolgova, N. (2018). 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 (pp. 275-299). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

     

    Dolgova Jacobsen, N. (2018). Using blending to teach English conditionals. In Tyler, A., Huang, L., & Jan, H. (Eds.) What is applied cognitive linguistics? Answers from the L2 classroom and SLA studies (pp.181-202). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter

     

    Siczek, M., & Dolgova, N. (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 (pp. 203-215). New York: Routledge

  • Recent (select) conference presentations

    Dolgova, N. (2019). Developing a Graduate EAP Course for Students of Engineering and Computer Science. Works-in-progress presentation, Consortium on Graduate Communication (CGC), June 13-15, Arlington, VA.

     

    Dolgova, N. (2019). The Role of Construal in English Conditional Constructions and Its Applications to L2 Context. Paper presentation, invited academic session ‘Verbing Out with Cognitive Linguistics and Sociocultural Theory’. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual meeting, March 12-15, Atlanta, GA.

     

    Dolgova, N. (2019). Using Cognitive Linguistic Tools to Teach English Cohesive Devices of Contrast. Paper presentation in the colloquium ‘Cognitive Linguistics and Sociocultural Theory Approaches to L2 pedagogy: Targeting Conceptualization and Construal’. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) meeting, March 8-12, Atlanta, GA.

     

    Dolgova, N. (2018). Mastering L2 Writing for Statistics and Data Science: Tasks and Challenges. Paper presentation, Symposium on Second Language Writing (SSLW), August 2-4, Vancouver, Canada

     

    Dolgova, N. (2018). Using Linguistic Needs Analysis to Inform Discipline-specific EAP Course Design, Workshop presentation, Consortium on Graduate Communication (CGC), June 10-12, Ann Arbor, MI.

     

    Dolgova, N. (2018). How Useful Are Corpus Linguistic Tools for Learners’ Error Correction? Research-oriented presentation, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual meeting, March 27-30, Chicago, IL.

     

    Stanchevici, D., Dolgova, N., & Siczek, M. (2018). Moving an EAP Class Online: Rationale, Process, and Recommendations. Research-oriented presentation, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual meeting, March 27-30, Chicago, IL.

     

    Dolgova, N. (2018). How Useful Are Corpus Linguistic Tools for Learners’ Error Correction? Research-oriented presentation, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual meeting, March 27-30, Chicago, IL.

     

    Stanchevici, D., Dolgova, N., & Siczek, M. (2018). Moving an EAP Class Online: Rationale, Process, and Recommendations. Research-oriented presentation, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual meeting, March 27-30, Chicago, IL.

     

    Stanchevici, D., Dolgova, N., & Siczek, M. (2017). Challenges and Advantages of Teaching EAP Online. Paper presentation, Washington Area TESOL (WATESOL) conference, October 7, Washington, DC

    rch 27-30, Chicago, IL.

     

    Stanchevici, D., Dolgova, N., & Siczek, M. (2017). Challenges and Advantages of Teaching EAP Online. Paper presentation, Washington Area TESOL (WATESOL) conference, October 7, Washington, DC

  • Projects/Collaborations

    Research Projects

    Detailed descriptions coming soon.

    Consultancy

    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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