Natalia V. Parker

Natalia V. Parker


A keen educator and a language practitioner, throughout my career of over 20 years, I have been advancing learning and searching for more effective ways of teaching languages. Securing the UK Research Council Scholarship through the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) encourages me to pursue this further during my current PhD at the University of Leeds.

Trained in Foreign Language Teaching (FLT) at the Tula State Pedagogical University (Russia), I was selected to join a British Council training group at the University of Norwich (UK), where I was introduced to a variety of different approaches to language teaching.


Straight after my graduation, I was offered my first full-time teaching post at the Tula Polytechnical University with responsibilities for teaching English as FL to Russian speaking students. My use of advanced teaching methods attracted similarly minded educators.Taking advantage of the new Russian education reforms, in collaboration with other innovative pedagogues, we set up one of the first non-state non-profit-making schools with the purpose of implementing more up-to-date teaching. At the age of 27, I became a Head of School.


After moving to the UK, I started teaching my own language as foreign. My experiments with innovative ELT (English Language Teaching) approaches in the context of Russian as L2 resulted in a new teaching methodology. It was first piloted at the University of Swansea and then, supported by the British Philological Society, it was successfully tested during my MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.


My current PhD research appears to be a natural progression for my academic development and the AHRC Scholarship through WRoCAH provides me with a range of outstanding opportunities to make a difference in language education. 



Research interests

I am primarily interested in language pedagogy research as well as Second Language Acquisition.

My teaching intervention experiment at the University of Sheffiled tested the effectiveness of my new teaching methodology and was focusing on pronunciation teaching at complete beginner level. The successful results of this study were at the basis of my presentation at the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Conference in April 2018. My presentation at the WRoCAH conference in Ocober 2018 included an interactive part when I taught the audience of over 100 attendees to read some Russian words with no transcription and say simple sentences in Russian. I slao took part in Modern Languages Conference in Durham.

Since then the methodology has been developed further to see my abstract accepted for the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AASTEEL) Conference in 2019. at the moment I am writing an article based on the results of this study.My PhD focuses on grammar teaching and has Jerome Bruner's Spiral Curriculum principle as a foundation. In addition to presenting at the BASEES Conference in April 2019, I am very excited about chairing the BASEES Linguistics stream this year.


  • MA in Applied Linguistics / University of Sheffield
  • Diploma in FLT / Tula Pedagogical University (=BA with Honours)

Research groups and institutes

  • Russian and Slavonic Studies
  • Language pedagogy
  • Language acquisition
  • Linguistics and Phonetics