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Barbara Hoekje

Barbara Hoekje, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication
Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture &
Department of Communication
Office: 3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 171
Phone: 215.571.3569
Fax: 215.895.1333


  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1989

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Sociolinguistic approaches to second language teaching, learning and assessment
  • Second language literacies and academic discourse
  • Medicine, communication, and culture; embodiment


Barbara Hoekje is an associate professor in the Department of Communication. Her research interests are in second language literacies, academic discourse, speech communities, medicine and culture, and narratives of embodiment. An ongoing research project (with K. Nulton) involves the role of interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies across disciplines in work integrated learning (with K. Nulton); paper to be presented at the WACE Research Symposium, Stuttgart, Germany, June 24-26, 2018).

Selected Publications:

  • Lee, V., Hoekje, B. & Levine, B. (2018). Introducing technology to immigrant families to support early literacy development and two-generation learning. Language Arts 95, 3: 133-148.
  • Hoekje, B. & Steven, S. (2017). Creating a culturally inclusive campus: A guide to supporting international students. New York: Routledge.
  • Hoekje, B. (2016). “Language,” “communication,” and the longing for the authentic in LSP testing. Language Testing 33, 2: 289 –299. DOI: 10.1177/0265532215607921
  • Hoekje, B. (2016). Establishing a second language learning practice: Continuing professional development for English language teachers. Teacher Educational Interest Section (TEIS) Newsletter, January, 2016, pp. 1-3. Alexandria, VA: Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
  • Hoekje, B. (2013). Teaching English for medical and health professions. In C. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Courses taught (2016-2018):

  • LING101: Introduction to linguistics
  • LING102: Language and society
  • COM 400: Seminar in Communication: Cross-cultural issues in media representation
  • COM 610: Theories of communication and persuasion
  • CCM 802: Seminar in discourse and semiotics
    Discourses of the body (Winter, 2017)
    Narratives of physical and virtual experience (Winter, 2018)