Alisa Zavialova holds both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies from Carleton University. Her research interests centre around instructional pragmatics and formulaic language. As a second language educator with almost ten years of experience ranging from teaching EFL to teaching LINC and EAP, she has always been passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice. In her doctoral research, she has developed an innovative method of teaching formulaic expressions which can help L2 learners augment their pragmatic competence as well as improve fluency and accuracy of spontaneous oral production in the context of Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada program (LINC).
Dr. Zavialova is currently teaching a course on pragmatics and cross-cultural communication at Algonquin College in the TESL/TEFL program, which allows her to share her research findings with aspiring language teachers.
In addition to being a teacher-trainer at Algonquin, Dr. Zavialova is currently coordinating the English Language Department at UNAM-Canada (an extension school of the National Autonomous University of Mexico) located in Gatineau, QC. At UNAM, she responsible for assessment, curricular design, and successful delivery of various linguistic and cultural immersion as well as EAP programs offered throughout the year for university-level Mexican students.
Area(s) of Interest
- Instructional pragmatics
- Formulaic language
- Instructed SLA
- Cross-cultural communication