Assistant Professor


  • Office Hours:

    Tuesdays, 3-5pm & Thursdays, 4-5pm and by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Applied Linguistics and TEFL/TESL
  • Department:

    • English, English Grad, and English Undergrad
  • Education:

    • PhD in Applied Linguistics


Dr. Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker is currently teaching graduate courses in the TEFL/TESL program and collaborating with INTO CSU to help support international students as well as faculty and graduate teaching assistants working at INTO CSU. Tatiana received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University and Northern Arizona University, respectively. Her research interests include usage-based approaches to L2 acquisition, the role of formulaic language in fluency and syntactic development, corpus-based analysis of discipline-specific discourse, project-based methods in L2 instruction, and ESP course design. When she is not working, Tatiana likes to travel (AKA attend professional conferences), explore beautiful Colorado, and paint.


Recent work:

Nekrasova-Beker, T. (in press), Vocabulary demands for engineering students studying English in Russia: Comparing ESP course materials across three Engineering disciplines, LSP Vectors: Strengthening Interdisciplinary Connections (Mary Risner & Sheri Spaine Long, Eds.).

Nekrasova-Beker, T., & Becker, A. (in press), The use of lexical patterns in engineering: A corpus-based investigation of five sub-disciplines, Advances in corpus-based research on academic writing (edited by U. Römer, V. Cortes, & E. Friginal), John Benjamins Publishing.

Nekrasova-Beker, T. (Available online July 13, 2019). Discipline-specific use of language patterns in Engineering: A comparison of published pedagogical materials, Journal of English for Academic Purposes,

Nekrasova-Beker, T., & Becker, A. (2019). From academic English to pathway to mainstream engineering: Lexico-syntactic and discursive features of course materials, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 24:2, 143-168,

Becker, A., & Nekrasova-Beker, T. (2018), Investigating the Effects of Different Item Formats for Reading Comprehension, Educational Assessment, 23:4, 296-317, DOI: 10.1080/10627197.2018.1517023.

Nekrasova-Beker, T., Becker, A., & Sharp, A., 2017, Identifying and teaching target vocabulary in an ESP course, TESOL Journal, 10:1,

Nekrasova-Beker, T. & Becker, A., 2017, Integrating Project-Based Learning into English for Specific-Purposes Classrooms: A Case Study of Engineering, Language for Specific Purposes Studies: Contemporary Trends in Research and Curriculum Development (Ed. M. Long, pp. 101-125), Georgetown University Press.

Becker, A., Nekrasova-Beker, T., & Petrashova, T., 2017, Testing as a way to monitor English as a foreign language learning, TESL-EJ, 21(2), 1-17.

Nekrasova-Beker, T., 2016, EFL Learners’ Use of question constructions over time: Patterns and proficiency effects, System, 58, pp. 82-96.


  • E526 Teaching English as a Second/ Foreign Language

    This course provides an overview of second language (L2) methods and materials, focusing on the teaching and learning of four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Additional attention will be given to vocabulary and grammar. The goal of the course is to guide participants in developing the knowledge and skills needed to effectively design and implement language instruction for a diverse group of English language learners. This course is also designed to incorporate classroom observation.

  • E527: Theories of Foreign/ Second Language Learning

    This course provides an introduction to the field of second language acquisition (SLA) focusing specifically on how humans learn a second (or third) language in addition to their native language and the factors that affect variability in their language development. Areas covered in this course include: background on the historical development of the field, universal features of the L2 learner, interlanguage development and variability, individual differences, and social factors affecting L2 learning. In addition, the course introduces a variety of experimental methods used in SLA research and highlights the implications of SLA findings for L2 teaching. Student will read and discuss research articles in SLA and engage in the analysis of learner data.