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Assistant Professor

Deniz Ortactepe
Mc Gowan Building - MG202
(831) 647-4609

Professor Ortactepe completed both her BA degree in Foreign Language Education, English language teaching and  MA degree in Educational Sciences at Bogazici University in Istanbul. After working in Turkey for several years both as a research assistant and as an English teacher, she moved to the United States in 2007 to pursue her doctoral degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) - Albany, in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Theory and Practice. Her dissertation, which was completed under the supervision of Professor Istvan Kecskes, was concerned with the language socialization of international students in the United States and subsequently published in 2012 as a book with the title The development of conceptual socialization in international students: A language socialization perspective on conceptual fluency and social identity.

After receiving her doctoral degree, Professor Ortactepe moved back to Turkey and started teaching in the MA Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program at Bilkent University, Ankara. She taught nine of the ten courses offered in the program over the six years she was at Bilkent, ranging from Sociolinguistics, Second language acquisition and Research methods to pedagogical courses such as EFL Methodology and Language Testing and Assessment. She also supervised more than thirty MA TEFL theses, and served in many master’s and doctoral thesis committees.

Professor Ortactepe is especially interested in the social turn in SLA, the theoretical and practical aspects of TESOL, and in intercultural pragmatics. She looks forward to integrating the framework of language socialization into language teacher education in order to better prepare prospective language teachers to address the current needs of global language learners.

Areas of Interest

Sociolinguistics, intercultural pragmatics, teacher and learner identity, teacher education, language teacher assessment literacy, second language acquisition, intercultural communicative competence, language socialization, discourse analysis.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, State University of New York-Albany
M.A., Educational Sciences, Bogazici University
B.A., Foreign Language Education/English Language Teaching, Bogazici University, Turkey


Ortactepe, D. (2012). The development of conceptual socialization in international students: A language socialization perspective on conceptual fluency and social identity. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Ortactepe, D. & Mathews-Aydinli, J. (accepted paper). Applied linguistics and language teaching in Turkey, 2010-2015. Language Teaching (A Country in Focus).

Ozkul, S. & Ortactepe, D. (2017). The Use of Video Feedback in Teaching Process-approach EFL Writing. TESOL Journal, 8, 862-877.

Burhan, E. & Ortactepe, D. (2016). Reflective practice-oriented online discussions: A study on experienced EFL teachers' reflection-on, in and for-action. Teaching and Teacher Education, 59, 372-382.

Mutlu S., Ortaçtepe D. (2016). The identity (re)construction of nonnative English teachers stepping into native Turkish teachers’ shoes. Language and Intercultural Communication, 16(4), 552-569.

Ortactepe, D. (2015). EFL teachers’ identity (re)construction as teachers of intercultural competence: A language socialization approach. Journal of Language, Identity and Education, 14(2), 96-112.

Ortactepe, D. & Akyel, A. (2015). The effects of a professional development program on English as a foreign language teachers’ efficacy and classroom practice. TESOL Journal, 6(4), 680-706.

Kaypak, E. & Ortactepe, D. (2014).  Language learner beliefs and study abroad trajectories: A study on English as a lingua franca (ELF). System, 42, 355-367.

Ortactepe, D. (2013). Formulaic language and conceptual socialization: The route to becoming nativelike in L2. System, 41(3), 852-865.

Ortactepe, D. (2013). “This is called Free Falling Theory not culture shock”: A narrative inquiry on L2 socialization. Journal of Language, Identity and Education, 12(4), 215-229.


Strengthening Teacher Capacity in Relation to School and Classroom Based Assessment (SCBA), UNICEF, Subject Specialist for English language teaching, September 2017-January 2018. 


Presidential Distinguished Dissertation Award, State University of New York-Albany, May 2012.