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Ivelina Tchizmarova

Ivelina Tchizmarova, Ph.D.


Abbotsford campus

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Ivelina (Eva) Tchizmarova has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Ball State University, USA, where she was placed on the US National Academic Affairs Chancellor’s List of outstanding graduate students in 2004-2005. She has been teaching Academic English and Linguistics in the US and Canada, has presented at numerous conferences and published in the University of Washington Working Papers in Linguistics, Glossos, INTESOL Journal, and Journal of Pragmatics, among others, served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, USA, and co-written a book on English Grammar. She has done comparative linguistic research based at the University of Oslo on spatial constructions across languages with a team of scholars from around the world, and research on key benchmarks in advanced level English language literacy development with a team of ESL professionals from British Columbia.  She was on the team that developed the ESL Pathways Project at Vancouver Community College, a Gold recipient of the CICan Program Excellence Award for 2017.  She currently teaches Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, Fraser International College, and the University of the Fraser Valley. Her biggest reward as a teacher:  seeing her students being actively engaged in learning and using this knowledge to do others good. 


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