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Dr Bojana Petric

Reader in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

BA English Language and Literature (University of Novi Sad), MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (University of Belgrade), PhD Applied Linguistics/Language Pedagogy (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

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Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication

Birkbeck, University of London
26 Russell Square,

Research Interests

  • My main research interests are in the areas of L2 writing and academic discourse. More specifically, my research focuses on the following themes:
    • L2/multilingual students’ academic literacy practices and experiences, particularly their citation practices, source use, writer voice, disciplinary socialisation and interdisciplinarity;
    • developmental perspectives on students’ writing and writing pedagogy; and
    • writing for local/international publication by multilingual scholars.
  • I am particularly interested in the ways in which the institutional, social, historical and political contexts of writing and issues of self- and other-positioning affect writers and shape their texts.

Teaching and Supervision

  • I have over 20 years of teaching experience in a variety of contexts. Prior to joining Birkbeck, I taught at the University of Essex (2007-2015), Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (2005-2007), Central European University in Budapest (1999-2004) and University of Novi Sad in Serbia (1993-1999). I also worked as a teacher, course designer and materials developer on numerous EAP and ESP projects in Hungary, Russia, Serbia and Turkey.
  • Modules taught on
    • Empirical Skills Training Workshops (MA)
    • Linguistic Description for Language Teaching (MA)
    • Language Teaching and Learning in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts (MA)
    • Introduction to Applied Linguistics (MA)
    • Investigating Language (BA)
  • Areas of research supervision
  • I particularly welcome proposals for PhD projects in the following areas:
    • L2 writing and L2 writing pedagogy
    • Academic literacies, particularly source use and citing
    • Writer voice and identity
    • Writing for international publication
    • Case studies of multilingual writers
    • Written academic discourse (genre analysis of student and published writing, cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural studies)
    • EAP/ESP (teachers, students, materials)
  • Completed PhD's
  • ◦  Fong Wa Ha (2017) A cross-cultural comparison of evaluation in classical concert reviews in British and Hong Kong newspapers [University of Essex]

    ◦  Liana Pavelescu (2017) Emotions and motivation in context: A multiple case study of high school students learning Enlish as a foreign language in Romania. Birkbeck, University of London.

    ◦   Nada Alkhatib (2015) Written corrective feedback at a Saudi university: English language teachers' beliefs, students' preferences, and teachers' practices [University of Essex]

    ◦   Aiesha Emhammed (2014) A comparative genre analysis of English and Arabic research article introductions in the field of education: Textual features, writers' perspectives, and writing contexts [University of Essex]

    ◦   Bok-ja Cho (2013) An action research study of the effectiveness of two types of role - play in teaching English for tourism at a Korean university (co-supervisor: Phil Scholfield) [University of Essex]

    ◦   Abdullah Alghamdi (2013) Technical vocabulary instruction in a Saudi Arabian industrial college: An investigation of English language and content area practitioners' beliefs and practices (co-supervisor: Phil Scholfield) [University of Essex]

    ◦   Masumi Ono (2012) A genre analysis of Japanese and English Ph.D. theses in the field of literature: Macrostructure and introductory chapters  [University of Essex]

    ◦   Reem Issa (2011) ESP and EGP teaching methodology in Syria: Considering teachers' beliefs and their classroom practices [University of Essex]


  • Khuder, B., & Petrić, B. (2020). Academic socialisation through collaboration: Textual interventions in supporting exiled scholars’ academic literacies development. Education and Conflict Review, 3, 24-28.
  • Harwood, N., & Petrić, B. (2020). Adapting master’s dissertation supervision: A longitudinal case study. Teaching in Higher Education, 25(1), 68-83.
  • Harwood, N., & Petrić, B. (2019). Helping international master’s students navigate dissertation supervision: Research-informed discussion and awareness-raising activities. Journal of International Students, 9(1), 150-171.
  • Bahun, S., & Petrić, B. (Eds.). (2018). Thinking home: Interdisciplinary dialogues. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Bahun, S., & Petrić, B. (2018). Homing in on home. In Bahun, S., & Petrić, B. (Eds.), Thinking home: Interdisciplinary dialogues (pp. 1-13). London: Bloomsbury.
  • Pavelescu, L.M., & Petrić, B. (2018). Love and enjoyment in context: Four case studies of adolescent EFL learners. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 8(1), 73-101.
  • Harwood, N., & Petrić, B. (2017). Experiencing Master’s supervision: Perspectives of international students and their supervisors. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Petrić, B., & Gustafsson, M. (2016). Editorial. In: Petrić, B., & Gustafsson, M. (Eds.), Selected papers from the 8th EATAW conference [Special issue]. Journal of Academic Writing, 6(1), ii-vi.
  • Petrić, B. (2015). What next for plagiarism research? Continuing the conversation. Journal of Second Language Writing, 30, 107-108.
  • Pecorari, D., & Petrić, B. (2014). Plagiarism in second-language writing. Language Teaching, 47(3), 269-302.
  • Petrić, B. (2014).  English-medium journals in Serbia: Editors' perspectives. In K. Bennett (Ed.), The semiperiphery of academic writing: Discourses, communities and practices (pp.189-209). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Petrić, B., & Harwood, N. (2013). Task requirements, task representation, and self-reported citation functions: An exploratory study of a successful L2 student’s writing. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 12(2), 110-124.
  • Petrić, B. (2012). Legitimate textual borrowing: Direct quotation in L2 students' writing. Journal of Second Language Writing, 21, 102-117.
  • Harwood, N., & Petrić, B. (2012). Performance in the citing behaviour of two student writers. Written Communication, 29, 55-103.
  • Petrić, B. (2012). Review of Bloch, J. (2012). Plagiarism, intellectual property and the teaching of L2 writing. TESOL Quarterly, 46, 872-874.
  • Petrić, B. (2011). Scholarly criticism in a small academic community: A diachronic study of book reviews in the oldest Serbian journal. In F. Salager-Meyer & B.A. Lewin (Eds.), Crossed words: Criticism in scholarly writing (pp. 309-337). Bern: Peter Lang.
  • Harwood, N., & Petrić, B. (2011). English for academic purposes. In J. Simpson (Ed.), Handbook of Applied Linguistics (pp. 243-258). London: Routledge.
  • Petrić, B. (2010). Students' conceptions of voice in academic writing. In R. Lorés-Sanz, P. Mur-Dueňas, & E. Lafuente-Millán (Eds.), Constructing interpersonality: Multiple perspectives  and applications to written academic genres (pp. 325-336). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Petrić, B. (2010).“The last morning in my home town”. Children’s writing in 1917. In J. Meda, D. Montino, & R. Sani (Eds.), School exercise books. A complex source for a history of the approach to schooling and education in the 19th and 20th centuries (pp. 1479-1493). Firenze: Polistampa. A Chinese translation of the article was published in China Children's Culture, 2008, 234-249.
  • Petrić, B. (2009). “I thought I was an Easterner; it turns out I am a Westerner!”: EIL migrant teacher identities. In F. Sharifian (Ed.), English as an international language: Perspectives and pedagogical issues (pp. 135-150). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Petrić, B. (2008). Autonomy, culture and training. IATEFL SIG Learner Autonomy Independence 43,19. Reprinted in: In C.J. Everhard, J. Mynard & R. Smith (Eds.).(2011). Autonomy in language learning: Opening a can of worms (pp. 81-82). Canterbury: IATEFL.
  • Petrić, B. (2007). Rhetorical functions of citations in high- and low-rated master’s theses. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 6(3), 238-253.
  • Petrić, B. (2007). “This English writing thing”: Students’ perceptions of their writing experiences at an English-medium university. Porta Linguarum, 7, 45-55.
  • Petrić, B. (Ed.).(2007). Jezici i obrazovanje [Languages and education]. Special issue of Misao,43.
  • Petrić, B. (2006). Interdisciplinarity and writer identity: Students’ views and experiences. In R. Kiely, G. Clibbon, P. Rea-Dickins, & H. Woodfield (Eds.), Language, culture, and identity in applied linguistics (pp. 119-131). London: Equinox.
  • Petrić, B. (2006). History textbooks in Serbia after 2000: Signs of educational change? Internationale Schulbuchforschung / International Textbook Research, 28(2), 177-196.
  • Petrić, B. (2006). Rečnik obrazovne reforme [A glossary of the educational reform]. Novi Sad: Platoneum, Misao & Pedagoški zavod Vojvodine. pp. 167. ISBN 86-85869-11-0.
  • Petrić, B. (2006). Review of Ricento, T. (Ed.). (2005). An introduction to language policy. Theory and method. TESL-EJ, 10(2),
  • Petrić, B. (2005). Contrastive rhetoric in the writing classroom: A case study. English for Specific Purposes, 24, 213-228.
  • Petrić, B. (2005). Review of Sampedro, R., & Hilyard, S. Global issues. TESOL Quarterly, 39(2), 348-350.
  • Petrić, B. (Ed.).(2005). Nastava istorije u tranziciji [History teaching in transition]. Special issue of Misao,24.
  • Petrić, B. (2004). A pedagogical perspective on plagiarism. Novelty, 11(1), 4-18.
  • Petrić, B., & Czárl, B. (2003).Validating a writing strategies questionnaire. System, 31, 187-215.
  • Reprinted in: Sealey, A.(2010). Researching English language. A resource book for students. London: Routledge.
  • Petrić, B. (2002). Students’ attitudes towards writing and the development of academic writing skills. The Writing Center Journal, 22(2), 9-27.
  • Petrić, B. (2000). The effect of listening instruction on the development of listening skills of university students of English. Novelty, 7(3),15/29.

Academic Roles and Memberships

  • Member of AHRC Peer Review College
  • Treasurer of the BAAL SIG ‘Professional, Academic and Work-Based Literacies’ (PAWBL)
  • Coordinator of the Academic Literacies research team working within the European Literacy Network Strengthening Europeans' capabilities by establishing the European literacy network (COST Action IS1401)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of English for Academic Purposes (2019-2020); Book Reviews Editor (2015-2018), Editorial board member (since 2013)
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of International Students
  • Deputy Chair of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (2015-2017)
  • Member of the Editorial Review Board, International Exchanges on the Study of Writing book series, The WAC Clearinghouse/Parlor Press (since 2015)
  • Reviewer for the following journals: Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Journal of English for Specific Purposes, Journal of Second Language Writing, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of Writing Research, Language Teaching, Studies in Higher Education, Journal of Academic Writing, Language Learning, Language Policy, English Text Construction, Applied Linguistics Review, Text & Talk, Writing & Pedagogy.
  • Internal/external examiner for over 25 PhD theses in the UK (Birkbeck, Canterbury ChristChurch, Essex, Kings College, Lancaster, Leicester, Reading, Salford, UCL), Hungary and New Zealand.
  • Member of EATAW (European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing); BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics); BALEAP; ALA (Association for Language Awareness)

Invited Talks

    Keynote / plenary talks

  • 2017 "Students’ academic literacies”, Inaugural symposium of the BAAL SIG “Professional, Academic and Work-Based Literacies”, Open University, Milton Keyenes.
  • 2017 “Researching dissertation writing: Issues and methods”. ELT Conference, University of East London.
  • 2016 “Creativity in L2 Master’s students’ dissertation journeys”. Norwegian Forum for EAP Summer Conference, EAP and Creativity, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway.
  • 2015 “Identity in written academic discourse”, Values and identities interdisciplinary conference. Faculty of Law and Business Studies Dr Lazar Vrkatić, Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • 2015 “Standards of language reuse in academia: Between regulation and pedagogy”, Language, Standards, Politics. Cutting Edges Research Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • 2013 “Revisiting the meaning of culture in academic writing research and pedagogy”, 7th International EATAW Conference, Central European University, Budapest
  • 2012 “Current debates in academic writing”. 2nd International Conference on Academic Writing, Academic Writing in a Changing World, MOFET Institute, Tel Aviv
  • 2011 “Current issues in teaching English academic writing”, 2nd International Conference, Teaching English Academic Writing in Ukraine and Elsewhere: Problems and Prospects. Ivan Franko, University, L’viv
  • 2008 “Academic writing: Current debates”. Language for Specific Purposes: Theory & Practice, University of Belgrade
  • 2007  “Complexities of researching the familiar”. Cultural Complexities of Qualitative Research. 2nd International Conference on Qualitative Research. University of Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Colloquia, panels & seminars

  • 2018 Seminar on intercultural supervision. University of Westminster, London.
  • 2017 "English for Publication Purposes" workshops. English Department, Faculty of Law and Business Studies Dr Lazar Vrkatić, Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • 2016 “Textual borrowing and its discontents”. Sheffield Institute of Education seminar series, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • 2016 A series of talks at the Beijing Institute of Technology and the Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China.
  • 2016 “Supervisors’ feedback on Master’s dissertation writing: Three case studies of L2 writers”. Departmental seminar, Queen Mary University, London.
  • 2015 “Experiencing supervision: A case study of a dissertation writer”, seminar, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • 2014 “A longitudinal perspective on second-language students’ source use and citation practices “Departmental seminar, English Department, Stockholm University"
  • 2014 “European perspectives on professionalising L2 writing” (invited colloquium chair and presenter). Symposium on Second Language Writing, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2014 “A longitudinal study of a second-language master’s students’ source use and rhetorical awareness of citing“. Departmental seminar, UCL Institute of Education, London
  • 2014 “Plagiarism”. Centre for Mathematics and Statistics, Departmental seminar, Novi Sad University
  • 2012 “Master’s dissertations in an interdisciplinary field: supervisors’ perspectives and expectations” (invited colloquium speaker). Approaches to the discourse of interdisciplinary research. Colloquium organised by D. Oakley, BAAL, Southampton
  • 2011 “Legitimate textual borrowing: Direct quotation in L2 student writing”. Language and Linguistics Seminar. University of East London
  • 2010 “Legitimate textual borrowing: Direct quotation in L2 student writing” (invited colloquium   speaker). Writing from sources. Colloquium organised by Polio & Shi. Symposium on Second   Language Writing, University of Murcia
  • 2006 Textbooks in multiethnic contexts (invited panelist). Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig

Khuder, B., & Petrić, B. (2020). Academic socialisation through collaboration: Textual interventions in supporting exiled scholars’ academic literacies development. Education and Conflict Review, 3, 24-28.