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:

  • Processes of academic writing in collaborative research groups
  • Structures of interaction and metadiscourse in research conference presentations 
  • Metaphor analysis

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. (2018). Dealing With Language Issues During Subject Teaching in EMI: The Perspectives of Two Accounting Lecturers. TESOL QUARTERLY, 52 (3), 692-700. 10.1002/tesq.460
  • Basturkmen, H. L. (2018). Explicit versus implicit grammar knowledge. In J. I. Liontas (Ed.) The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching (pp. 2738-2743). John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Wiley Online Library. 10.1002/9781118784235.eelt0060
  • Basturkmen, H. (2017). ESP teacher education needs. Language Teaching10.1017/S0261444817000398
  • Basturkmen, H., & Nguyen, T. T. M. (2017). Teaching pragmatics. In A. Barron, Y. Gu, G. Steen (Eds.) The Routledge handbook of pragmatics (pp. 563-574). New York, NY, USA: Routledge.
  • Basturkmen, H. (2016). Developing writing courses for specific academic purposes. In J. Flowerdew, T. Costley (Eds.) Discipline-specific writing: Theory into practice (pp. 31-45). Abingdon: Oxon: Routledge.
  • Basturkmen, H. (2016). Dialogic interaction. In K. Hyland, P. Shaw (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of English for academic purposes (pp. 152-164). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: 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: Critical concepts in linguistics. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.


Contact details

Office hours

Tuesday 11:00 -12: 00

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 510
New Zealand

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