Portrait of Dr Tatyana Karpenko-Seccombe Dr Tatyana Karpenko-Seccombe

T.Karpenko-Seccombe@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471844


Dr Tatyana Karpenko-Seccombe is a Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at Research and Enterprise.

She completed both her MA in Language Studies and her doctorate in Linguistics at LancasterUniversity. Tatyana focused her PhD research on cognitive text analysis. Prior to that she also completed a postgraduate course at Kiev University, Ukraine and wrote a thesis (equivalent to PhD) on English syntax.

Tatyana also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English for Academic Purposes from Nottingham University (2011).

Tatyana has taught English to non-English speakers for about 20 years. She has also taught Italian and Russian languages. Tatyana joined the University of Huddersfield in 2009, first working at pre-sessional courses at the International Study Centre and in 2011 joining Research and Enterprise to teach English for academic purposes to international research students.

Prior to that she taught translation studies at the City University of London, taught pre-sessional courses at Nottingham University and worked as an assistant professor at Kiev National University, Ukraine, teaching English, linguistics and translation studies. She has also worked as a freelance interpreter and translator.

Research and Scholarship

Tatyana has had interests in many linguistic disciplines, including text and discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, translation studies, interpreting, and cross-cultural communication

At present her main area of interest is teaching academic skills, including critical writing, to international research students.

Tatyana is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of BALEAP – the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2016) ‘Decoding time and place through cognitive analogy and mapping’. In: 6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, 19-22 July 2016, Bangor University

Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2016) ‘Supporting international PhD writers – are pastoral duties part of the package?International Student Experience Journal (ISEJ) , 4 (1), pp. 10-16. ISSN 2397-3072

Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2016) ‘Using Concordancers in teaching academic English’. In: Inspire Sharing great practice in Arts and Humanities teaching and learning, 3-4 March 2016, Brighton

Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2016) ‘Intertextuality as cognitive modellingEnglish Text Construction , 9 (2), pp. 244-267. ISSN 1874-8767


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2015) ‘Integrating Corpus analysis into everyday classroom practiceInForm , 15, pp. 18-20.

Karpenko, T (2015) ‘Integrating Corpus analysis into everyday classroom practice’. In: InForm Conference: Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) on the IFP, July 2015, University of Reading

Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2015) ‘Quicksteps to Concordancing’. In: Festival of Teaching and Learning 2015: 10 Inspiring Years, 12 June 2015, University of Huddersfield


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2014) ‘Working with Concordancers’. In: BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting (PIM) EAP and Corpora, June 2014, Coventry University


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2013) ‘Supporting international PhD researchers – are pastoral duties part of the package?’. In: BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting (PIM): Supporting Masters Dissertation and PhD Thesis Writing: Where EAP Meets Research Skills Training, June 2013, University of Essex


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2012) ‘The challenges of critical thinkingInForm , 10, pp. 14-15.

Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2012) ‘Critical Thinking and International Research Students’. In: 7th Teaching and Learning Conference: How Learning Happens, 14 September 2012, University of Huddersfield

Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2012) ‘Critical Thinking in EAP’. In: InForm Conference 2012, 20 July 2012, Newcastle University


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (2001) ‘Analogy and Intertextuality: Cognitive View’. In: Similarity and Difference in Translation Conference, 31 May - 1 June 2001, American Bible Society, New York


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (1998) ‘Translation, Translator’s Identity and Cognitive Analysis’. In: Third ITI International Colloquium on Literary Translation: Translation and Community, 1-3 September 1998, University of Sheffield


Karpenko, T (1997) ‘Cognitive Analysis and Cross-Cultural Miscommunication’. In: Conference: Translation and Power, 12-14 July 1997, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (1994) ‘Maxim of Quantity in Literary TextsPapers of Kiev University, Philology series -1994 .


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (1993) ‘Pragmatic aspects of literary communicationPALA Occasional Papers Series , 3.


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (1992) ‘Synchronic and Diachronic Aspects of OppositionIssues in Romance and Germanic Philology .

Karpenko-Seccombe, T (1992) ‘On Semantic Structure of ParodyPapers of Kiev University, Philology series -1992 .

Karpenko-Seccombe, T (1992) ‘Implied Meaning on the Textual LevelTheory and Practice of Terminological Lexicography .

Karpenko-Seccombe, T (1992) ‘On Textual ImplicaturePapers of Kiev University, Philology series -1992 .


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (1990) ‘Variation in Oppositional MeaningVariation on Different Levels of Language Structure .

Karpenko-Seccombe, T (1990) ‘Semantic Structure of Texts with Modelled SubtextsFunctional and Semantic Correlation Between Different Language Levels .


Karpenko-Seccombe, T (1989) ‘Implied Textual OppositionsLogical and Grammatical Analysis of Text .


Karpenko, T (1986) ‘Field of OppositionCollection of Papers of the USSR Academy of Sciences .

Teaching and Professional Activities

Tatyana teaches both individual and group classes for international research students who need support with their written and oral English. There is a variety of courses and workshops to help students at various stages of their research, for example – Academic Writing Style, Sentence Structure, Presentation Skills, Academic Vocabulary, Common Grammatical Difficulties, Writing Introductions, Writing Literature Reviews, Describing Visual Data, Writing Abstracts and many others. She also conducts one-to-one tutorials and regular classes for international research students.