Associate Professor Helen Louise Basturkmen



I have worked in Applied Language Studies and Linguistics at the University of Auckland since 1998. Prior to this, I worked as a lecturer and teacher educator in Turkey and the Middle East. Currently I am on the editorial review board of three journals: Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Studies in Second Language Teaching and Learning and New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics.

Research | Current

  • English for specific purposes ESP
  • English for academic purposes EAP
  • Discourse analysis: cohesion and coherence; pragmatics and genre analysis
  • Metadiscourse

Current research projects include a study of teacher expertise in EAP/ESP, a study of metadiscourse in written study genre and variation in student writing in English L1 countries

Teaching | Current

LANGTCHG 101 Introduction to Language Teaching

LANGTCHG 205 Developing Literacy in a Second Language

LANGTCHG 754 English for Specific Purposes

LANGTCHG 744 Discourse Analysis

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising students who are researching:

  • Provision of feedback on discourse features in students’ writing
  • Genre analysis of discussion in research articles
  • Metadiscourse in research conference presentations 


Co director CLL Academic Committee

Areas of expertise

Discourse Analysis

Academic English

Course/programme development and evaluation 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

CLL Academic Committee

Faculty of Arts Academic Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Basturkmen, H. L. (2016). Dialogic interaction. In K. Hyland, P. Shaw (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes (pp. 152-164). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Matheson, N. J., & Basturkmen, H. (2015). Developing a research-informed academic writing curriculum using a text bank of student writing. In P. Shrestha (Ed.) Current Developments in English for Academic and Specific Purposes: Local innovations and global perspectives (pp. 139-156). Reading: Garnet.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Neil Matheson
  • Basturkmen, H. (Ed.) (2015). English for Academic Purposes (in series critical concepts in linguistics). Routledge. Pages: 1598.
  • Basturkmen, H., & Shackleford, N. (2015). How content lecturers help students with language: An observational study of language-related episodes in interaction in first year accounting classrooms. English for Specific Purposes, 37, 87-97. 10.1016/j.esp.2014.08.001
  • Basturkmen, H., & von Randow, J. (2014). Guiding the reader (or not) to re-create coherence: Observations on postgraduate student writing in an academic argumentative writing task. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 16, 14-22. 10.1016/j.jeap.2014.07.005
  • Basturkmen, H. (2014). LSP teacher education: Review of literature and suggestions for the research agenda. IBERICA (28), 17-33.
  • Basturkmen, H. L. (2014). Replication research in comparative genre analysis in English for Academic Purposes. Language Teaching, 47 (3), 377-386. 10.1017/S0261444814000081
  • Basturkmen, H., East, M. R., & Bitchener, J. (2014). Supervisors' on-script feedback comments on drafts of dissertations: Socialising students into the academic discourse community. Teaching in Higher Education, 19 (4), 432-445. 10.1080/13562517.2012.752728
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin East

Contact details

  • Media Contact

Office hours

Tuesday 11.30 to 12.30

Primary location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 4, Room 433
New Zealand