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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Denis Samburskiy

Samburskiy  portrait

Assistant Teaching Professor

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

101 Tolley Humanities Building

Research and Teaching Interests

Denis Samburskiy has an extensive experience teaching EFL and ESL with a special concentration on grammar, academic speaking and writing. He taught a number of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in various colleges in the country. His research interests include ESL teaching and learning, second language writing, figurative language, and corpus linguistics.


ENL 203 - Speaking and Listening for Non-native Speakers of English
ENL 207 - Advanced Integrated Skills for Non-native Speakers of English
ENL 211 - Composition for Non-native Speakers of English
ENL 610 - Oral Communication in Teaching


  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, SUNY at Albany (2015)
  • MS in TESOL (as a Fulbright scholar), SUNY at Albany (2009)
  • Specialist in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Cross-Cultural Communication, Tomsk State University, Russia (2004)

Work Experience

Skidmore College (2014-16)

  • ESL Specialist at the Writing Center
  • Summer Director of the Writing Center
  • ESL Lecturer

College of St. Rose (2013, 2014)

  • ESL Writing Specialist, Lecturer in Academic Writing for Language Learners, ESL Instructor for Summer Program

State University of New York at Albany (2009-2015)

  • Graduate Student Instructor and Adjunct Instructor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice
  • Coordinator and Instructor for the practicum for Master’s candidates at the Department of Educational Theory and Practice

Mercersburg Academy, PA (2011)

  • ESL Instructor

Tomsk State University, Russia (2004-2007)

  • EFL Instructor

Other Projects

  • Skidmore’s ESOL coordinator in The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium’s project Modern Languages ESOL.
  • The SUNY Research Foundation’s Summer Institute project English Language Learner Support in Math, Science, and Technology: Building Professional Development
  • Internship in Building Community, Columbia University High School Program
  • Reading Across Cultures, The British Council project, Tomsk, Russia

Denis is an avid runner and has completed several marathons; he also worked as a nightclub DJ for two years.