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Diane Belcher

Applied Linguistics & ESL, and Professor    

Second language writing
English for specific purposes
Qualitative research methods


Diane D. Belcher received her PhD in English from Ohio State University. Her research interests include advanced academic literacy, language for specific purposes, cultural identity, and qualitative research methodology. She has co-edited seven books, contributed chapters to a number of edited books, and published articles in the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, the Applied Linguistics Review, the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, and other journals. She is former co-editor of the journals English for Specific Purposes and TESOL Quarterly as well as current co-editor of a teacher reference series for the University of Michigan Press titled Michigan Series on Teaching Multilingual Writers. She has guest-edited three special issues of the Journal of Second Language Writing. A former member of the TESOL Publications Committee, she has also served as a member of the TOEFL Committee of Examiners and as chair of the TOEFL Test of Written English Committee. She has given talks in a number of countries, including China, Finland, Germany, Russia, Serbia, and South Korea.

Frequently Taught Courses

AL 8530 Issues in Second Language Writing

AL 8961 Qualitative Research Methods

AL 8978 Seminar in Discourse Analysis: Genre Theory

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Hirvela, A., & Belcher, D. (Eds.). (Forthcoming). Argumentative writing in a second language: Perspectives on teaching, assessment, and research. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Anderson, N., Belcher, D., & Hirvela, A (Eds.). (2018). Teaching reading/ teaching writing. In The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching (Vol. 4). Hoboken, NJ: TESOL and Wiley Blackwell.

Winner of Association of American Publishers 2019 PROSE  award for best Multivolume Reference/Humanities. The Encyclopedia also received Honorable Mention in the American Library Association 2019 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work.

Belcher, D., & Nelson, G. (Eds.). (2013). Critical and corpus-based approaches to intercultural rhetoric. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Belcher, D., Johns, A., & Paltridge, B. (Eds.) (2011). New directions in English for specific purposes research. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.


Belcher, D., & Yang, H. S. (2020). Global perspectives on linguacultural variation in academic publishing. Journal of English for Research Publication Purposes, 1, 28-50.

Kim, Y., & Belcher, D. (2020). Multimodal composing and traditional essays:
Linguistic performance and learner perceptions. RELC Journal, 51, 86-100.

Payant, C., & Belcher, D. (2019). The trajectory of a multilingual academic striving for academic literacy and publication:  Success in a mother tongue. Critical Multilingualism Studies, 7, 11-31

Mazzotta, M., & Belcher, D. (2018). Social-emotional outcomes of corrective feedback as mediation on second language Japanese writing. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 17.1.

Yigitoglu, N., & Belcher, D. (2018). Second language writing teachers’ perceptions of themselves as language learners. Bogazici University Journal of Education, 35, 5-18.

Kim, M., & Belcher, D. (2018). Building second language writers’ genre knowledge during study abroad in higher education. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 35, 56-69.

Belcher, D. (2017). On becoming facilitators of multimodal composing and digital design. Journal of Second Language Writing, 38, 80-85.

Yigitoglu, N., & Belcher, D. (2014). Exploring L2 writing teacher cognition from an experiential perspective: The role learning to write may play in professional beliefs and practices. System, 47, 116-124.

Belcher, D. (2014). What we need and don’t need intercultural rhetoric for: A retrospective and prospective look at an evolving research area. Journal of Second Language Writing, 25.4, 59-67.


Belcher, D. (2017). Recent developments in ESP theory and research: Enhancing critical reflection and learner autonomy through technology and other means. In N. Stojković, M, Tošić, & V. Nejković (Eds.), Synergies of English for specific purposes and language learning technologies (pp. 2-19). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Hirvela, A., & Belcher, D. (2016). Reading/writing and speaking/writing connections: The advantages of multimodal pedagogy. In P. Matsuda & R. Manchon (Eds.), Handbook of second and foreign language writing (pp. 587-612). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Belcher, D., Barron Serrano, F., & Yang, H. S. (2016). English for professional academic purposes. In K. Hyland & P. Shaw (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of English for academic purposes. New York: Routledge.

Belcher, D. (2013). The future of ESP research: Resources for access and choice. In B. Paltridge & S. Starfield (Eds.), Handbook of English for specific purposes (pp. 535-551). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Belcher, D. (2012). The role of writing in cultural identity and bilingual competence.
In J. Zhan (Ed.), English writing in social-cultural contexts (pp. 26-46). Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.