Natasha Rust

Natasha Rust


I joined the university in September 2011 as a research assistant and undergraduate seminar tutor in the Department of Linguistics and Phonetics after completing my Master's degree from the same department. I was a seminar tutor on first and second year modules introducing core concepts in Linguistics and Phonetics. During my time in the department, I worked on two research projects; one of which was researching the acquisition and processing of noun-coun compounds in advanced learners of English and the other was focussed on developing and launching an undergraduate research developement pilot scheme within the department.

I now work in the Language Centre as a teaching fellow in EAP and have held this post since 2012 teaching and leading on a range of programmes and modules available at all levels of study.

Prior to working at Leeds, I have worked for private language schools teaching English as a second language as well as further education colleges teaching ESOL. I taught and developed a range of courses including exam preparation courses in FCE, CAE and IELTS. In addition, I have experience in  support assistant roles with students with special educational needs, particularly dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders. In addition, I trained as a language play therapist for children on the autism spectrum.

Research interests

My current research interests include EAP practitioner autonomy and identity within curriculum and lesson design. I am particularly interested in the literature and research from the exploratory practice community. In addition, I am interested in how beliefs and approaches to second language acquisition manifest in course and lesson design within English language teaching in general but more specifically EAP and English for additional purposes material available in higher education.

I also have interests in EAP approaches to STEM including teacher and student attitudes towards ESAP practices towards STEM students as well as research into the perecieved needs of STEM students.


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  • MA Linguistics. University of Leeds
  • CELTA. University of Liverpool
  • BA Psychology and Criminology. University of Liverpool

Professional memberships


Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre