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Dr. Alla Kourova is an associate professor of TESOL and Russian at the University of Central Florida. She graduated from Moscow State University with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Teaching Foreign Languages. For more than 10 years Dr. Kourova worked as a director of the International Linguistic Center at the Regional In-Service Teacher Training Institute in Penza Russia. With over 30 years of teaching experience globally and at various institutional levels, Dr. Kourova knows that there is more than one approach to language study, and constantly promotes dynamic and multifaceted techniques as well as cross-cultural dialogue in her publications and teaching practice. In 2002 Dr. Kourova was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Montana Sponsored by the American Council and Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs U.S. Department of States.
She is the author of more than 50 publications on language teaching and cross-cultural communication. Dr. Kourova is a recipient of several prestige awards: National 2015 AATSEEL award for Excellence in Teaching (Post-Secondary), the University Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Scholarship for Teaching and Learning Award, the Research and Teaching Incentive Program Awards. For last four years Dr. Kourova has received multiple US Department of States grants: US – Russia Dialogue Program, STARTALK grants, and Fulbright Hays-Group Grant. For many years, she has also collaborated with prestigious organizations such as the Peace Corps, the Fulbright Institution of International Education, FLEX, and Open World Foundation. Her pedagogical credo is teaching language through culture."