Subrata Bhowmik

Senior Instructor


Arizona State University


Arizona State University


University of Dhaka

BA (Honours)

University of Dhaka

Contact information


Office: 403.210.8429


Main Campus : EDT1020

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Applied linguistics
  • English as a foreign language (EFL)
  • English for academic purposes (EAP) curriculum design
  • English for academic purposes (EAP) teaching
  • Language and culture
  • Sociocultural theory of learning
  • Second language teaching and learning


Dr. Bhowmik’s research revolves around the social and cultural factors affecting second language learning. In particular, he is interested in how various social and cultural factors affect L2 writing. Currently, Dr. Bhowmik is working on projects that look into how L2 learners’ agency, identity and ideology affect their writing development, the conceptualization of a more inclusive approach to EAP instruction to deal with the diversity in the classroom as well as how teachers' agentive practices can be incorporated into the EAP writing classroom.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Currently, Dr. Bhowmik is affiliated with the following national and international professional organizations.

  • TESL Canada
  • Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing
  • ATESL (Alberta TESL)
  • Asia TEFL


Dr. Subrata Bhowmik is a senior instructor at the Werklund School of Education where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. The primary areas of his academic interests are L2 writing and sociocultural approaches to L2 learning. Dr. Bhowmik's work has appeared in peer-reviewed scholarly journals such as TESOL Journal, Writing & PedagogyLanguage and Sociocultural Theory, and The Journal of Asia TEFL. He has presented his work at various international conferences, including the annual conferences of American Association for Applied Linguistics,  TESOL International Association, Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, TESL Canada, Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing, and the Symposium on Second Language Writing.


  • Bhowmik, S. K., Chaudhuri, A., Tweedie, G., Kim, M., & Liu, X. (2021). Culture and L2 writing: Student perceptions of factors affecting academic writing. Writing and Pedagogy12(2-3), 223–255.
  • Bhowmik, S. (2021a). [Review of the book Changing practices for the L2 writing classroom: Moving beyond the five-paragraph essay, by N. A. Caplan & A. M. Johns (Eds.)]. Discourse & Writing, 31, 38-43.
  • Bhowmik, S. (2021b). [Review of the book Genre-based writing: What every ESL teacher needs to know, by C. M. Tardy]. Discourse & Writing, 31, 44-48.
  • Bhowmik, S., & Chaudhuri, A. (2021). “I need my instructor to like sit with me”: Addressing culture in L2 writing instruction. BC TEAL Journal6(1), 11–28.
  • Bhowmik, S. K. (2020). The efficacy of teacher agency in L2 writing instruction: Insights from the EAP classroom. Malaysian Journal of ELT Research, 17(1), 1-20.
  • Bhowmik, S. K., Hilman, B., & Roy, S. (2019). Peer collaborative writing in the EAP Classroom: Insights from a Canadian postsecondary context. TESOL Journal, 10, 1-16. doi:10.1002/tesj.393
  • Bhowmik, S. K., & Kim, M. (2018). Preparing diverse learners for university: A strategy for teaching EAP students. TESOL Journal9, 498-524doi:10.1002/tesj.340
  • Bhowmik, S. K. (2017). Exploring the social nature of L2 writing: Insights into the division of labor of an EAP writing task. Language and Sociocultrual Theory, 4, 124-155. doi:10.1558/lst.26454
  • Bhowmik, S. K. (2016). Agency, identity and ideology in L2 writing: Insights from the EAP classroom. Writing & Pedagogy, 8, 275-308. doi: 10.1558/wap.26864
  • Bhowmik, S. K. (2015). World Englishes and English language teaching: A pragmatic and humanistic approach. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 17, 142-157. doi: 10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2015.1.a10
  • Bhowmik, S. K. (2009). L2 writing pedagogy in EFL contexts: An exploration of salient practices in teaching and learning. The Journal of Asia TEFL6, 351-373.


  • ATESL Bursary for Conference Presentations (2016)—Alberta TESL
  • TESL Canada Travel Grant (2014)—TESL Canada Federation
  • Albert H. Marckwardt Grant (2012)—TESOL International Association
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association Travel Grant (2012)—Arizona State University
  • Graduate College Dissertation Fellowship (2011-12)—Arizona State University
  • TESOL Professional Development Scholarship (2011)—TESOL International Association
  • Marvin M. Fisher Book Award (Fall 2008)—Department of English, Arizona State University