Associate Professor Helen Louise Basturkmen


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Associate Professor » Applied Language Studies and Linguistics

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I have worked in Applied Language Studies and Linguistics for over ten years. Prior to this, I worked as a lecturer and in the Office of Consultation and Training at the University of Kuwait and as a lecturer and teacher educator (Diploma in Language Teaching) in Turkey. Currently I am on the editorial review board of two journals: Journal of English for Academic Purposes and New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics.

Research | Current

  • English for specific purposes
  • English for academic purposes
  • Discourse analysis: cohesion and coherence; pragmatics and genre analysis
  • Feedback on written discourse

Current research projects include a genre-based investigation into disciplinary variation in research reporting and a study of supervisor feedback on writing in dissertations.

Teaching | Current

Language Teaching and Learning
Course Title Availability in 2015
LANGTCHG 101 Introduction to Language Teaching Semester 1 & 2
LANGTCHG 205 Developing Literacy in a Second Language Semester 1
LANGTCHG 744 Discourse Analysis Semester 1 & 2

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 

Areas of expertise

Course/programme development and evaluation 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Basturkmen, H. L. (Ed.) (2015). English for Academic Purposes: critical concepts in linguistics. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Pages: 1598.
  • 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. L. (2014). Replication research in comparative genre analysis in English for Academic Purposes. Language Teaching, 47 (3), 377-386. 10.1017/S0261444814000081
  • Basturkmen, H. L. (2013). Needs analysis and syllabus design for LSP. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (pp. 4209-4217). Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Basturkmen, H. L. (2013). Between territories and domains: ESP-oriented enquiry in the borders -- Course development, genre analysis and the role of ESP in education (Fully funded plenary address). Paper presented at 34th GERAS International Conference, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Paris, France.. 22 March - 23 March 2013.
  • Basturkmen, H. (2012). Review of research into the correspondence between language teachers' stated beliefs and practices. System, 40 (2), 282-295. 10.1016/j.system.2012.05.001
  • Basturkmen, H. (2012). Languages for Specific Purposes Curriculum Creation and Implementation in Australasia and Europe. MODERN LANGUAGE JOURNAL, 96, 59-70. 10.1111/j.1540-4781.2012.01297.x
  • Basturkmen, H. (2011). A genre-based investigation of discussion sections of research articles in Dentistry and disciplinary variation. Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 10.1061/j.jeap.2011.10.004

Contact details

  • Media Contact

Office hours

wednesday 2:30 to 3:30

Primary location

Level 4, Room 206-433
Auckland 1010
New Zealand