Saniye D. Gokcora

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Associate Professor
Academic Literacy and Linguistics


Office: N-482

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Phone: +1 (212) 776 7011


Prof. Gokcora is an Associate Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Upon receiving a Fulbright scholarship, she came to the U.S. and completed an M.A. degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Ph.D. degree in Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota. She worked as a faculty developer at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA and as an Assessment Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) of the University of Minnesota. She also worked as an ESL instructor in many colleges and universities in New Jersey and is very glad to be at BMCC since she has a great passion to teach beginning Freshman and ESL students. She also taught Methodology, Teaching Grammar, Freshman Composition, Practicum to undergraduates in the department of English Language Teaching at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.
She has been teaching online intensive writing and linguistics courses, integrating collaborative online international learning (COIL) at BMCC.


Her research interests are Second language reading in terms of using constant quizzes and writing, use of  technology in second language learning, digital literacy, experiences and beliefs of faculty in community colleges,  faculty development, assessment in second language, especially concerning international teaching assistants.


  • B.A. Hacettepe University, Ankara. Turkey, English Language and Literature,1983
  • M.A. University of Minnesota, Mpls, MN, Teaching English as a Second Language,1987
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Mpls, MN, Second Languages and Cultures Education ,1994
  • M.A. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Near Eastern Civilizations and Cultures,1997

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Quizzes and Student Improvement of Reading: A Pilot Study in a Community College Setting
    The current research project examines the effect of frequent quizzes given at a remedial academic reading class at an urban-serving higher education institution. The current frequent quizzes research has implications as a teaching tool and a motivation.
  • Student Perceptions of Using DIIGO and improvement of their reading skills.
  • Community College Faculty Members’ Experiences and Needs at Different Stages of Tenure. This study, based on a survey and semi-structured interviews, aims to explore the experiences and needs across different discipline areas of pre-tenure faculty who has been teaching one to three years, four to six years, and those faculty who has more ten years of teaching experience.
  • Integrating “Global Competencies” in the writing ESL curriculum and asking the right questions:
  • ESL Students’ Perceptions of Group Work and the Improvement of Writing in an Intensive Writing Course in a Community College.


Peer-reviewed journal articles 




Other publications

  • Gokcora, D. (2018, Fall). Restructuring A Basic Writing ESL Course at a Community College: Asking the Right Question, Inquirer, 25, 24-29.
  • Gokcora, D. (2013, Fall). Diigo as a Research Tool for Creating a community of researchers in the classroom. BMCC Faculty Focus, Retrieved from

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • The Stevens Initiative Grant – Global Scholars Achieving Career Success  (GSACS) Fellow – Spring semester 2022
  • Faculty Fellowship Leave – Fall 2021
  • Scholar-in-Residence Program, Faculty Resource Network, New York University, Spring 2021
  • New York University, Faculty Resource Network – Summer Seminar “Craft of College Teaching” – Summer 2020
  • Steward Travel Award, 2018, 2019 (CUNY)
  • Marquis Who’s Who, 2007 ed.
  • Pew Teaching Leadership Award, 1989 & 1993 (University of Minnesota)
  • Fulbright Scholarship, United States (Univ. of Minnesota)- 1985 -1987

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