Natalya V. Watson, PhD

PhD (Education—Educational Leadership and Innovation in Education with concentration in Language Learning and Identity), University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center
MA (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Northern Arizona University
MA (Teaching English and German), Altay State Pedagogical University, Siberia, Russia

Natalya V. Watson is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the NU Global program. Her research interests include language learners’ identities, cognitive linguistics and English as a Second Language (ESL), teaching academic writing and critical thinking to ESL students, discursive means of constructing identities in multilingual contexts, childhood bilingualism, and bicultural/bilingual identities. While teaching in the Russian Federation, Dr. Watson co-authored the textbook Учебное пособие для студентов   по специальностям направления  «Лингвистика и межкультурная коммуникация» ( English for Advanced Language Learners in Linguistics & Intercultural Communication Departments: Theme-based Materia). This two-volume compilation bears the stamp of approval by the Ministry of Higher Education of the Russian Federation. She also published numerous papers in various research journals and conference proceedings in Russia. Among them is “American English as a Patchwork of Languages and Cultures (not an erroneous variety): Linking Culture to Lexicon and Grammar” in Актуальные проблемы лингвистики и лингводидактики (Issues in Linguistics and Language Teaching). She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, the Vygotsky International Society, and the North American Society for Russian Contributions to Literacy, Learning, and the Psychology of Human Development.

Previously, Dr. Watson taught at Metro State University of Denver; Altay State Pedagogical University, Russia; the University of Colorado (TESOL graduate courses); and the 2013 summer program at Columbia University. She is fluent in Russian, English, intermediate German, basic Spanish, and Arabic.

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