About me - Olcay Sert

Olcay Sert is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, Culture and Communication and the editor of Classroom Discourse, an international, peer reviewed journal published by Routledge. He has a PhD degree in Educational and Applied Linguistics (Newcastle University, UK), and his research deals with classroom discourse, L2 interaction, and language teacher education.

Before joining Mälardalen University, Olcay Sert worked at Hacettepe University, Newcastle University, University of Sunderland, and Luxembourg University. His research primarily focuses on analysis of discourse and interaction in institutional settings- mainly in second/foreign/additional language (L2) classrooms- with an aim to analyse and enhance teaching and learning practices. 

Olcay Sert has worked closely with language teachers and language learners to create engaging, interactive, and constructive teaching and learning environments. He is dedicated to informing foreign language teachers based on micro-analytic, empirical findings. His publications have investigated (1) interactional troubles and how they are resolved in English language classrooms (e.g., Sert and Walsh 2013 ), (2) teachers' gestures in language teaching (e.g., Sert 2015 ), (3) multilingual repertoires in language classrooms (e.g. aus der Wieschen and Sert 2018 ), (4) online L2 interactions and language development (e.g. Balaman and Sert 2017 ; Sert and Balaman 2018), and (5) CALL teacher education (e.g., Sert and Aşık 2018 ; Sert and Li 2017). He has also investigated the use of mobile technologies in reflection and feedback practices in teacher education (e.g., Çelik, Baran and Sert 2018 ).

His book ‘Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse’ (Edinburg University Press) investigates language classrooms from a conversation analytic perspective, and provides strong implications for language teaching and teacher education. The book has been shortlisted for the British Association for Applied Linguistics Book Prize 2016 and was a finalist for the American Association for Applied Linguistics first book award 2017. He is co-editing (with Silvia Kunitz and Numa Markee) a new volume entitled ‘Classroom-based conversation analytic research: Theoretical and applied perspectives on pedagogy’, which will be published by Springer.

Olcay Sert has been involved in projects supported by grants from ‘Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg’, ‘European Union (Erasmus +)’, ‘Danish Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation’, and the British Council. He has worked on analysis of data that come from Luxembourgish, Turkish, Danish, and UK contexts. With his current and forthcoming research on interactions in pedagogical settings, he is working on improving research, teaching, and teacher education practices in Sweden and beyond.