Olcay Sert

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Olcay Sert is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Education (Ankara, Türkiye). He is the director of HUMAN (Hacettepe University Micro-Analysis Network) Research Centre and is the editor of Classroom Discourse (Routledge,T&F). His research deals with classroom discourse, second language talk, and language teacher education.


JournalsReviews of "Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse"

You can view all of the reviews at https://l2classroomdiscourse.wordpress.com/reviews/

Back cover endorsement by Numa Markee
Sert’s must read book introduces conversation analysis to readers who are not familiar with the power of this methodology, while simultaneously providing a detailed theoretical discussion of cutting edge issues in the field. And his contributions to understanding teacher education as a data driven enterprise are both provocative and enlightening.
Professor Numa Markee, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


A review of "Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse" has been published in Linguistlist

By combining research and practice, this book is a comprehensive resource for in-service L2 teacher development projects and L2 language teacher education programs. Teacher educators could adopt examples and transcripts of excerpts along with visual phenomena from the book for analysis, discussion, and reflection with pre-service teachers to enable understanding of L2 learning in various contexts. The discussion of research ethics in Chapter 9, the detailed analyses in Chapters 4-6, and the CA orientation, make this book invaluable for qualitative research, CA, and/ or SLA courses. (Andrea Lypka, University of South Florida)

To read the full review, click on this link


A review of "Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse" has been published in the latest issue of the Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, published by the Columbia University.

"Sert successfully shows how CA findings can provide a deeper understanding of classroom interaction, show evidence of the development of CIC in practice, inform teacher-training programs, and potentially influence educational policy." (Lauren Carpenter, Teachers College, Columbia University)
To read the full review, click on this link.


A review published by Maria Vanessa aus der Wieschen (University of Southern Denmark) in the Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics


“The cutting-edge research is presented in a clear and comprehensive manner; not only the book as a whole but every individual chapter is notably well-structured, and – knowing that not all of his readers are familiar with CA – Sert guides the readers through his arguments step-by-step. The book makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of classroom interactional competence and thereby paves the way for improved L2 teaching and teacher education… With the diverse instructed language learning settings investigated and its strong focus on practical implications for language teaching and language teacher education, I can definitely recommend Sert’s book to anyone interested in classroom research, teacher education, language learning, and social interaction – researchers and practitioners alike”.

(aus der Wieschen, 2015, p.109)


No CategoryHUMAN (Hacettepe University Micro Analysis Network)

I am happy to announce that HUMAN (Hacettepe University Micro Analysis Network) Research Centre is organising "Social Interaction and Applied Linguistics Postgraduate Student Conference" on the 8th of September, 2015 in Ankara, Türkiye. 

For more information, please visit the conference website at https://sial2015hu.wordpress.com . 


ConferenceForthcoming talk, Canakkale, Turkey (8-10 May)

I am organising a colloquium entitled "The micro-analytic turn in Applied Linguistics: Conversation Analysis and L2 Learning/Teaching Practices" at the ULEAD International Conference on Applied Linguistics (8-10 May, Canakkale, Turkey). The conference programme can be reached at http://uuds.ulead.org.tr 

The colloquium will start on the 8th of May, at 11:15. 

Session Chair : Andy Kirkpatrick 
Venue : ROOM 1

  • Colloquium : The micro-analytic turn in Applied Linguistics: Conversation Analysis and L2 Learning/Teaching Practices
  • A Conversation Analytic Investigation into Negotiation of Meaning in Task-Oriented Video Chat Interaction
  • Using Conversation Analysis for Micro-Analytic Investigation of L2 Learners’ Classroom Interactional Competence: Students Building on Teacher Contributions
  • A Longitudinal Study on the Use of Turn-initial Connectors in Group Discussion Tasks
  • Discussion and questions

ConferenceForthcoming talk (ICIP 2014, Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

On the 22nd of November, I will give a talk entitled "Developing L2 Classroom Interactional Competence over time: A case study of a pre-service language teacher" at the ICIP 2014 (Interactional Practices in Institutional Settings) conference in Neuchâtel. I will also present in a data session at the post-ICIP data workshop. The program and the book of abstracts can be downloaded from the conference website http://www2.unine.ch/ic-you/icip2014 .

Invited TalkForthcoming talks (Boğaziçi University)

There are two important events organised by Boğaziçi University in October. On the 23rd, I will give a short talk entitled "Classroom interaction and critical reflection in action: the micro-analytic turn in teacher education" at the 3rd National Foreign Language Education Conference. The website of the event can be reached at http://www.foreignlanguage2014.boun.edu.tr/en/ . 

On the 25th of October, Saturday, post-graduate students at Boğaziçi University are organising the 1st International Graduate Day. I will give a plenary talk entitled "Conversation Analysis and L2 Classroom Discourse". The other plenary speakers include David Block and Martin Dewey. Details on the event and the link for registration can be found at https://www.facebook.com/fledgradday2014 .

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