I am the vice-director of HUMAN (Hacettepe University Micro-Analysis Network) Research Center and a teaching/research assistant at the Department of English Language Teaching, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. I also act as the National Representative of EUROCALL.  My main aim as a researcher is to contribute to the fields of conversation analysis, CALL, and TBLT. My current research draws on conversation analysis for task-oriented interaction in online settings based on my PhD thesis entitled “A Conversation Analytic Study on the Development of L2 Interactional Competence in an Online Task-Oriented Environment” and supervised by Olcay Sert. I will be working at the University of Neuchatel as a postdoctoral researcher for a a year on my project on “The Development of Online L2 Interactional Competence” with Simona Pekarek Doehler and the research team at the Center for Applied Linguistics.

I am also the recipient of the Best PhD Presentation Award given in memory of Jaclyn Ng Shi Ing at the 17th International CALL Conference, Tarragona, Spain. My papers appeared in CALL, Journal of Pragmatics (as part of Microanalysis of Online Data special issue), ReCALL (accepted), a local journal and in two proceedings books. I also gave some presentations and contributed to international research projects. Find the details of my recent papers below:

Balaman, U. & Sert, O. (2017). The Coordination of Online L2 Interaction and Orientations to Task Interface for Epistemic Progression. Journal of Pragmatics, 115, 115-129.

Balaman, U. & Sert, O. (2017). Development of L2 Interactional Resources for Online Collaborative Task Accomplishment. Computer Assisted Language Learning.

Sert, O. & Balaman, U. (accepted). Orientations to negotiated language and task rules in online L2 interaction. ReCALL.