Gulbahar Beckett, PhD, Associate Professor, Literacy and Second Language Studies

Gulbahar BeckettDr. Gulbahar Beckett is an Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics in the TESL/Literacy Graduate Program. She has a Ph.D. degree in Language and Literacy Education (majoring in TESL and Modern Languages) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Beckett’s general areas of research are sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and cultural issues in second language learning and teaching. Her doctoral research was on Canadian secondary school immigrant students’ education. She is a recipient of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Post-doctoral Fellowship for her research studies entitled “Connecting the Development of Content Knowledge with Language/Discourse Through Project-based Instruction” and “Immigrant Dropouts: Exploring Alternative Literacy Strategies for Reintegration.” Dr. Beckett has a co-edited a book entitled Strangers of the academy: Asian women scholars in higher education, in press with STYLUS PUBLISHING, LLC. Her second co-edited book, Project-based learning in second language education: Past, present, and future, was published by Information Age Publishing in 2006. Dr. Beckett has articles published and in press in such journals as TESOL Quarterly, Modern Language Journal, The Canadian Modern Language Review, TESL Canada Journal, English Language Teaching Journal, The Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, Journal of Research on Computing in Education, Canadian Higher Education Profile, NABE Journal of Bilingual Research and Practice, and The Canadian Social Studies Journal. She reviews articles for most of these and other journals and serves on the editorial boards of TESL Canada Journal and the NABE Journal of Bilingual Research and Practice. Dr. Beckett also has several book chapters in press.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Beckett, G. H (2009). Academic English as a Second Langue: Addressing gaps. Academic Exchange Quarterly 1

Beckett, G. H., & Postiglione, G. (2009). Ethnic minority education in China: Language policies and practices. Special Issue of Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal

Beckett, G. H., & Stiefvater, A. (2009). ESL graduate student perspective changes on non-native English speaker-teacher. TESL Canada Journal

Beckett, G.H. (2007). What contributes to Asian model minority success: An ecological perspective. New Waves Journal 3, 7, 10

Guo, Y., & Beckett, G. (2007). (In Press). The hegemony of English as a global language: Reclaiming local knowledge and culture in China. Convergence: International Journal of Adult Education 1

Guo, Y., & Beckett, G. (2007). The hegemony of English and strategies for reclaiming the local knowledge in the language policy in China. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Social Policy and Social Engineering, 62, 74

Beckett, G.H. (2007). Content-based English as a second and foreign language education. Carolina TESOL Newsletter 1, 10, 12

Wang, L., Beckett, G., & Brown, L. (2006). Controversies of standardized assessment in school accountability reform: A critical synthesis of multidisciplinary research evidence. Applied Measurement in Education 4, 305, 328

Beckett, G.H. (2005). Academic language and literacy socialization of secondary school Chinese immigrant students: Practices and perspectives. Journal of Asia Pacific Communication 1, 191, 206

Beckett, G., & Slater, T. (2005). The project framework: A tool for language, content, and skills integration. ELT Journal: English Language Teachers Journal 2, 108, 116

Beckett, G., & MacPherson, S. (2005). Researching the impact of English on minority and indigenous languages in non-western contexts. TESOL Quarterly 2, 299, 307

Beckett, G., & Zhang, J. (2005). Modesty, moderation, passion, and chutzpah: a chinese-american medical professor speaks. Strangers of the Academy: Asian Women Scholars in Higher Education

Beckett, G., & Slater, T. (2005). The project framework: A tool for language and content integration. The English Language Teaching Journal 2, 108, 116

Beckett, G.H. (2005). Academic language and literacy socialization through project-based instruction: ESL student perspectives and issues. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 1, 191, 206

Beckett, G.H. (2004). Power, knowledge, and anti-racism education: A critical reader 3

Beckett, G., Gonzalez, V., & Schwartz, H. (2004). Content-based ESL writing curriculum: A language socialization model. NABE Journal of Research & Practice, 161, 175

Beckett, G.H. (2004). Power, knowledge, and anti-racism education: A critical reader. Canadian Social Studies Journal 3

Mohan, B., & Beckett, G. (2003). A functional approach to research on content-based language learning: Recasts in casual explanations. Modern Languages Journal 3, 421, 432

Beckett, G.H. (2002). Standing outside from the inside: Black adolescents and the construction of academic identity

Beckett, G.H. (2002). Teacher and student evaluations of project-based instruction. TESL Canada Journal 2, 52, 66

Shi, L., & Beckett, G. (2002). Japanese exchange students’ writing experiences in a Canadian university. TESL Canada Journal 1, 38, 56

Beckett, G.H. (2002). Standing outside from the inside: Black adolescents and the construction of academic identity. Canadian Social Studies Journal

Mohan, B., & Beckett, G. (2001). A functional approach to research on content-based language learning: Recasts in causal explanations. The Canadian Modern Language Review 1, 133, 155

Brown, L., & Beckett, G. State mandated proficiency testing: ethical dilemmas for districts, for teachers and for students. Controversies in Urban Education

Li, G., & Beckett, G. Strangers of the academy: discourse socialization of Asian female scholars into the north. American Higher Education

Beckett, G., & Brown, L. African-American vernacular English and its impact on the student achievement: Perspectives and issues. Controversies in Urban Education

Beckett, G., Brown, L., & Beckett, K. Segregation, desegregation, and resegregation in Cincinnati: The perspective of an African American principal. Journal of School Leadership

Published Books

Beckett, G., & Miller, P. (2006). Project-based second and foreign language education: Past, present and future, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, Inc

Li, G., & Beckett, G. (2005). “Strangers” of the academy: Asian women scholars in higher education, Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC

Book Chapters

MacPherson, S., & Beckett, G. (2008). Cultural education/Cultural sustainability: Identity, tolerance, and multicultural issues in minority, diaspora, and indigenous education. The hidden curriculum of assimilation in modern Chinese education: Fueling indigenous Tibetan and Uygur cessation movements. Mahwah, NJ & London Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Slater, T., Beckett, G., & Aufderhaar, C. (2006). Project-based second and foreign language education: Past, present, and future. Assessing project-based second language and content learning. (pp. 241-262). Greenwich, CT Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Beckett, G.H. (2006). Project-based second and foreign language education: Past, present, and future. Beyond second language acquisition: Secondary school ESL teacher goals and actions for project-based instruction. (pp. 55-70). Greenwich, CT Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Beckett, G.H. (2006). Project-based second and foreign language education: Past, present, and future. Project-based second and foreign language instruction: Theory, research, and practice. (pp. 3-18). Greenwich, CT Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Li, G., & Beckett, G. (2005). Strangers of the academy: Asian women scholars in higher education. Asian female scholars. Sterling, VA Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Li, G., & Beckett, G. (2005). Strangers of the academy: Asian women scholars in higher education. Asian female scholars’ new stories of self: Re-constructing culture and identity in the academy. Sterling, VA Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Beckett, G.H. (2004). Second language learning and cultural adaptation processes in graduate international students in US universities. Foreword. New York, NY University Press of America.

Beckett, G.H. Strangers of the academy: Discourse socialization of Asian female scholars into the North American higher education. Joys and jitters of learning from Asian teaching assistants: Reflections of Asian graduate students. Sterling, VA Stylus Publishing.

Invited Presentations

Beckett, G.H., Mohan, B. A., & Sharpsteen, L. (2007). Negotiating differences about how to learn ESL functionally: A social practice analysis, American Association of Applied Linguistics, Costa Mesa, CA

Beckett, G., Brown, L.H., Beckett, K., Mack, K., Star, R. (2004). High stakes testing: State mandated proficiency testing and ethical dilemmas for districts, for teachers and for students, Hawaii International Conference on Education, Hawaii International Conference on Education

Brown, L., Beckett, G., and Hawkins, A. (2002). A focus on education as the answer to the question, “What is the cause of racial crisis and conflict?” UCEA 7th Annual Values and Leadership Conference, University of Toronto, Canada

Beckett, G. H., & Benedetti, M. (10-2005). Content-based ESL instruction: Principles and procedures, Contemporary Issues in Language Education, Bloomington, IN

Beckett, Gulbahar (10-2001). Value of project-based instruction for secondary school ESL students, BC ESL/PSA Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada

Beckett, Gulbahar (10-2001). Cultural bias in English as a 2nd Language, Assessment Greater Cincinnati ESL Consortium Lecture Series, Cincinnati, OH

Beckett, G., H. & Yang, L. (07-2008). Discourse appropriation and teacher feedback: Finding a zone of negotiation, International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR), San Diego: USA

Beckett, G. H. (07-2008). Learning through project work: A cultural historical activity practice, International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR), San Diego: USA

Beckett, G. H., & Simeonova, M (07-2008). Language socialization of Bulgarian healthcare professionals in the US: Challenges, tensions, and needs, International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR), San Diego, CA

Beckett, G.H. (07-2005). Teaching how to learn ESL functionally through the project method, The Twelfth International Conference on Learning, Grenada, Spain

MacPherson, S. & Beckett, G.H. (07-2005). The impact of the globalization of English on linguistic minorities, The International Association of Applied Linguistics (IAAL) Annual Meeting, Wisconsin, USA

Beckett, G. H. (06-2007). Content-based ESOL: Strategies for teaching and assessing Basics and Beyond, III ESOL Conference, Charleston, SC

Beckett, G. H., Stiefvater, A., & Young, M. (06-2004). Socialization into American English as a second language teaching assistant discourses, Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, Canada

Wang, L., & Beckett, G. H. (06-2004). Exploring student response to teacher feedback from a sociocultural perspective, Paper presented at the Korean Association of Teachers of English (KATE) 2004 International Conference, Seoul, Korea

Beckett, Gulbahar (06-2002). Project framework as a tool in second language and cultural learning, International Society for Cultural Historical Activity Theory, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Beckett, G. H. (05-2009). Language and identity reconstruction of Chinese female diaspora, The Fourth International Conference Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies, Guangzhou, China

Guo, Y.;Becket, G.H. (05-2007). The hegemony of English and strategies for reclaiming the local knowledge in the language policy in China, International Symposium on Social Policy and Social Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

Beckett, G. H., & Yang, L. (05-2004). A sociolinguistic study of student response to teacher feedback, Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Meeting

Beckett, G. H., & Stiefvater, A. (04-2009). ESL graduate student perspectives on non-native English speaker teachers: Implications for English as a Lingua Franca, The Second International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca, University of South Hampton, UK

Beckett, G. H. (04-2008). Challenges to civic responsibility and community engagement for rural and minority secondary school students and their schools in China (Discussant), Association of Asian Studies Annual Convention , Atlanta, GA

Beckett, G. H. (04-2008). Chinese language policy and practice in Xinjiang: Indigenous and diaspora perspectives, Conference on Minority Language Education in China: Issues and Perspectives, The University of Hong Kong, China

Beckett, G.H. (04-2007). Academic English as a Second Dialect solution to African American student achievement disparity, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL

Beckett, G.H. (04-2007). What contributes to Asian model minority success? An ecological perspective, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL

Beckett, G. H., & Slater, T. (04-2006). Assessing project-based ESL and subject-matter learning, America Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA

Beckett, G. H. (04-2006). Theoretical overview of project-based instruction in ESL education, America Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA

Beckett, G. H. (04-2005). Nonnative English speakers as resource: Voices of Professors and students, Symposium at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada

Beckett, G. H. & Stiefvater, A. (04-2005). Nonnative English speaker teacher as a resource: ESL student perspectives. In G.H. Beckett (Organized symposium) Nonnative English speakers as resource: Voices of professors and students, Symposium at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada

Beckett, G. H., Gonzalez, V., & Henry-Varga, G. (04-2004). An integrative socio-psycholinguistic model for assessing Bilingual Hispanic preschoolers’ academic and social language development, Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

Beckett, G.H. and Kobayashi, M. (04-2003). A meta-study of an ethnographic research in a multicultural and multilingual community: Possibilities and challenges, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL

Beckett, G.H. and Shi, L. (04-2003). Cultural-historical Activity Theory in second language writing research, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL

Beckett, Gulbahar (04-2002). Learning through project work: A cultural historical activity practice, American Association of Applied Linguistics, Salt Lake City, UT

Nam, M., & Beckett, G.H. (03-2009). Second language writing socialization and resource use: A case study of Korean graduate students and resource providers, American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

Wang, S., & Beckett, G.H. (03-2009). Linguistic features of Chinese graduate students’ oral presentations: A functional linguistic approach, American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

Beckett, G.H., & Simeonova, M. (03-2009). Frustrations, tensions, and language re- socialization needs of US Bulgarian healthcare professionals, Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

Beckett, G.H.;Amaro, C. (03-2008). On using online asynchronous discussions in graduate school: TESL students and a faculty practices, CALICO with IALLT 25th Annual Conference, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Beckett, G. H., & Stiefvater, A. (03-2006). Student perspectives on nonnative speaker teachers, 40th TESOL Convention, Tampa, FL

Beckett, G.H., Aufderhaar, C., Slater, T. (03-2003). Assessing project work using the Project Framework, TESOL International Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD

Beckett, G.H. (03-2003). Studying second language writing from CHAT and SFL perspectives, American Association of Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA

Amaro, C.;Beckett, G.H. (02-2008). Maximizing technology use for English language learning/instruction, International Congress of Professional Development, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Amaro, C. & Beckett, G.H (01-2005). Integrating technology into the English as a Foreign Language curriculum: Is it really worth it? The National Conference for the teaching of English, San Jose, Costa Rica

Beckett, G. H., & Brown, L. (01-2004). State mandated proficiency testing and ethical dilemmas for districts, teachers, and students, Paper presented at the Hawaii International Education Conference Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii

Beckett, G.H., Schwartz. H., and Gonzalez, V. (01-2003). Content-based writing curriculum for advanced level IEP students, NABE Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Brown, L., Beckett, G., Gooden, M.A., and Hawkins, A. (01-2003). A case study of democratic leadership: From crisis to leadership opportunity, Hawaii International Conference on Education, West Oahu, Hawaii

Brown, L. and Beckett, G.H. (01-2003). Discourse socialization of black American youth at an urban technology center, Hawaii International Higher Education Conference, Honolulu, HI

Brown, L., Beckett, G., Gooden, M.A., and Hawkins, A. (01-2003). A case study of democratic leadership: From crisis to leadership opportunity, Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Brown, L. and Beckett, G. (01-2003). Discourse socialization of Black American youth at an urban technology center, Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI

Amaro, C., Stiefvater, A., & Beckett, G. Developing Interactive Teacher-Created Software to Increase All Students Academic Achievement and Close the Digital Divide, NABE 34th Annual International Conference, San Antonio, TX

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