Dr. Deniz Ortactepe Hart

Dr. Deniz Ortactepe Hart


I joined the University of Leeds in February 2022 as a Teaching Fellow in Language Education/TESOL. Over the past 10 years, I have worked both in Turkey and in the United States training teachers of English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Arabic. Educational research methods, second language acquisition, language assessment, social justice language education, and language teaching methodology are some of the courses I have taught regularly so far.

My main research interests revolve around social justice language education: teaching languages for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social transformation. Since 2018, I have been carrying out the Social Justice in ELT project in Turkey while at the same time collaborating with the Migrant Education Office to provide culturally sustaining pedagogies to the children of farm workers in Monterey Country, California.

Research interests

Ortactepe Hart, D. & Okkali, S. (2021). An inquiry into second language socialization in EFL classrooms: Common ground and positioning in teacher-student interactions. Intercultural Pragmatics, 18(1), 53-82.

Ortactepe Hart, D. & Martel, J. (2020). Introducing the special issue on Exploring the transformative potential of language instruction for social justice. TESOL Journal.

Kot-Artunc, E. & Ortactepe Hart, D. (2020). Interactional competence in paired-speaking test: A study on proficiency-based pairings. System, 89.

Kocabas-Gedik, P. & Ortactepe Hart, D. (2020). “It’s not like that at all”:  A poststructuralist case study on language teacher identity and emotional labor. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 20(2), 102-117.

Senbayrak, M., Ortactepe, D. & Trimble, K. (2018). An exploratory study in Turkish EFL learners’ readiness for autonomy and attitudes towards self-access centers. TESOL Journal, 10(2), 1-16.

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.

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  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction
  • MA in Educational Sciences - Adult Education
  • BA in English Language Teaching

Professional memberships

  • TESOL Organization
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics
  • International Pragmatics Association
  • American Pragmatics Association

Student education

Language teaching methodology, Oral and written skills for TESOL, Dissertation supervision.