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I am a Ph.D. Candidate/Graduate Assistant in the Second Language Studies program at Michigan State University (USA). I hold a bachelor’s degree in intercultural communication and foreign language pedagogy from Tver State University (Russia) and two master’s degrees from Kent State University (USA): dual MA in translation/MBA and MA in TESL. I am a graduate of the STARTALK Teacher Leadership Academy at Kent State University. My experience includes work in Russia and the United Stated in the areas of translation, second language teaching, and SLA research

Pedagogy

I have worked in language education since 2010 and have taught Russian, French, English, TESL, and SLA courses. My teaching experience includes work in Russian elementary and middle schools, multiple STARTALK language and culture immersion programs, and university-level classes in the United States. As a proponent of task-based language teaching, I put an emphasis on real-world communicative tasks integrated with grammar and vocabulary support, scaffolding, peer interaction, and authentic materials.

Research

My main areas of research are instructed SLA and second language psycholinguistics. In my work, I strive to bridge the gap between SLA research and language pedagogy. I primarily work with learners and teachers of English and Russian. My recent publications have appeared in TESOL Journal and The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages.

My research focuses on the following areas of second language studies:

  • Input and interaction (particularly, task-based peer interaction);
  • Psycholinguistic processes and individual differences in SLA (language transfer/learned attention, language learning aptitude, working memory, and motivation);
  • SLA of grammar;
  • Using learner corpora in the development of pedagogical materials.

For more information, please see my CV.

If you have any questions, please contact me at pastushe@msu.edu.