I was educated at Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Tomsk, Russia, specialising in teaching English as a foreign language (2002). After university, I worked for three years as an English instructor at Tomsk Agricultural Institute, then took a similar job at Tomsk Polytechnic University where I spent 13 years teaching English for undergraduate students and academics. In 2018, I joined Tomsk State Pedagogical University where I teach English for senior undergraduate and postgraduate students.
In 2016, I founded the Research Centre Kairos, where I started work aimed at Russian academics’ researcher development.
I have taught English for all levels of university students since 2002 (General English, English for Specific Purposes, Exam Training). In 2014, I expanded the audience of my learners and started working with Russian academics delivering courses of English for Academic Purposes. I have also supervised two Bachelor students to completion and advised Master students and early-career researchers on doing research and thesis writing.
Most of my career was dedicated to teaching English as a foreign language for university students. This is the area that contributed to my research and resulted in a PhD degree (Russian equivalent 2013). My work with Russian academics gave me much food for thought and I decided to continue my researcher development as a PhD candidate of a British university. My doctoral path started at the University of Sheffield and later brought me to the University of Westminster where I am looking for the ways to support Russian academics in writing for English-medium publication under the supervision of Professor Terry Lamb.
My research interests are primarily in the area of teaching English as a foreign language and researcher development.