Barbara Hoekje, PhD

Director English Language Center; Associate Professor of Communication

Barbara Hoekje

Office: Language and Communication Center 103
Phone: 215.895.2067

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  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1989

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Sociolinguistic approaches to second language teaching, testing, and assessment
  • English for specific purposes (academic and medical purposes)
  • International teaching assistants and international medical graduates (IMGs)
  • English language program administration

Research Projects

  • PI, Pre-academic program, Fulbright Fellows, Institute for International Education (IIE) pass through funding from Department of State (ECA), 2009-2011.
  • European Student Leaders, US. Department of State (ECA) PI: 2006-2011.
  • Member, Committee of Examiners for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of Educational Testing Service (2008-2014).
  • President (2009-2010) of the consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP).


Barbara Hoekje is associate professor of communication in the Department of Culture & Communication. Her research interests are in sociolinguistic approaches to second language testing, academic spoken discourse, and issues related to international teaching assistants, international medical graduates, and language program administration.

Selected Publications

  • Hoekje, B. International medical graduates in U.S. higher education: An overview of issues for ESP. In Hoekje, B. & Tipton, S. (Eds.) English language and the medical profession: Instructing and assessing the communication skills of international physicians. Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2010.
  • Pennington, M. & Hoekje, B. Language program as ecology: A perspective for leadership. RELC Journal 41 (3), 213-228, 2010.
  • Pennington, M. & Hoekje, B. Language program leadership in a changing world: An ecological model. Bingley, UK: Emerald Press, 2010.
  • Hoekje, B. & Van Zanten, M. Language and Communication. Alguire, Whelan, & Rajput (Eds.), The international medical resident's guide to U.S. medicine and residency training. Philadelphia: American College of Physicians (ACP), 2008.
  • Hoekje, B. Medical discourse and ESP courses for international medical graduates (IMGs). English for specific purposes 26, 327-343, 2006.