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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. Before coming to Georgia State in 2003, she was Director of the ESL Composition Program and Adjunct Associate Professor of Foreign/Second Language Education at Ohio State. She has also taught as a Foreign Expert at the Beijing Normal College of Foreign Languages. 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 journal English for Specific Purposes and current co-editor of TESOL Quarterly as well as 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 now serves on the advisory board of English for Specific Purposes. 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 been an invited speaker at universities in Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Frequently Taught Courses

AL 8530 Issues in Second Language Writing

AL 8570 Second Language Reading-Writing Relations

AL 8900 Practicum

AL 8961 Qualitative Research Methods

AL 8972 Seminar in Language Cognition and Communication:  Genre Theory

Google Scholar Page



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.


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. (2012). Considering what we know and need to know about second language writing. Applied Linguistics Review, 3.1, 131-150.


Belcher, D., & Nelson, G. (2013). Why intercultural rhetoric needs critical and corpus-based approaches: An introduction. In D. Belcher & G. Nelson (Eds.), Critical and corpus-based approaches to intercultural rhetoric (pp. 1-6). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

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.