Carnegie Mellon University

Heidi Wright

ESL Writing Coordinator and Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of First-Year Writing

  • BH A60F
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


I specialize in teaching writing to ESL students. I research academic writing and reading in order to develop materials that help university students meet the challenges they face. By training, I am an applied linguist. I use quantitative and qualitative techniques tied to corpus linguistics to discover lexical, grammatical, and discoursal patterns in large data sets. My current projects examine stand-alone literature reviews across multiple disciplines and time periods. I am working on research articles related to lexical bundles, genre structure, and multidimensional (factor) analysis. I am also preparing an academic writing textbook for advanced English language learners and a presentation on universal design.