My name is Natalia Balyasnikova, I am a PhD Candidate at the TESL program in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. I was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and moved to Canada in 2013.

As an English language teacher, I am concerned that perspectives from formal adult ESL education only might overlook subtle aspects of cultural and linguistic development of individual adult immigrants who engage in learning of a new language. That is why my research is focused on pedagogies of community-based and non-formal literacy programs for adult learners.

I strongly believe in community outreach and public scholarship, and I volunteer with  UBC Learning Exchange where I facilitate ESL classes and give workshops on intercultural communication. Away from research and work, I enjoy time with my friends, watching TED talks, and dancing.

Public scholarship and engagement:

  1. Promising practices: A peer-led English conversation program that works.
  2. Editorials at InterComm, TESOL Intercultural Communication Interest Section newsletter
  3. BC TEAL Winter 2016 Issue newsletter article 
  4. Fulbright Russia Newsletter: an article on  Fulbright Enrichment Seminar in Chicago
  5. Fulbright Herald: Reflections on my experience as a Fulbright scholar
  6. Thank you Fulbright initiative
  7. A feature in a university newspaper for Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
  8. An interview to Teorii i Praktiki: on Fulbright research at the University of Kansas
  9.  An interview for Podster.ru: on Fulbright scholarship


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Such a fun–and informative–blog, Natalia. I’m really glad to read your reflections as both a way to keep a tab up with you (although that is a task made oh-so difficult given your constant travels and adventures!) and to learn more about what’s going on in the field of English education in your part of the world. Keep it up! I look forward to more….

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