Dr Helen Louise Basturkmen


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Associate Professor » Applied Language Studies and Linguistics

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I have been a lecturer in the Department of 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
  • 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.

Dr Helen Basturkmen's Research




Teaching | Current

Department: Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics


Language Teaching and Learning
Course Title Availability in 2012
LANGTCHG 721 Discourse Analysis for Teachers Semester 2
LANGTCHG 754 Special Topic: English for Specific Purposes Semester 2

Dr Helen Basturkmen's Teaching



Postgraduate supervision


I am currently supervising students who are researching:

  • Teachers’ provision of feedback on discourse features in students’ writing
  • Focus on form in web-based task interaction
  • Collaborative teaching and language use in the L2 classroom
  • Oral corrective feedback, noticing and second language acquisition

Dr Helen Basturkmen's Postgraduate Supervision




Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Basturkmen, H. L. (2013). Developing English for Specific Purposes Courses. Paper presented at 4th English for Specific Purposes Conference, Hochschule, Ulm, Germany. 4 October - 5 October 2013.
  • 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.
  • Nguyen Thi Thuy Minh, & Basturkmen, H. L. (2013). Requesting in Vietnamese as a second language. In Roever, C, H. T. Nguyen (Eds.) Pragmatics of Vietnamese as a native and target language (pp. 13-75). Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA: National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawai'i.
  • 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
  • Nesi, H, & Basturkmen, H. L. (2012). Lexical bundles and discourse signalling in academic lectures. In Biber, D, Reppen, R (Eds.) Corpus Linguistics (pp. 287-306). Los Angeles: Sage.
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12181

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Primary location

Level 4, Room 206-427
Auckland 1010
New Zealand