Lindsay Helms

Assistant Professor of Teaching

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Lindsay Helms


BA in English, 2017, University of Memphis
MA in Romance Languages, 2019, University of Memphis
PhD in Applied Linguistics, 2023, University of Memphis


Academic Summary

Lindsay Helms is an applied linguist with research interests in task-based learning, needs analysis, and Languages for Specific Purposes. She teaches a variety of composition, linguistics, and ESL courses for the Department of English. She has extensive experience teaching both English and Spanish in high school, university, and adult education settings. 


  • Helms, L., Pitner, H. & Adams, R. (2023). Spanish for nursing: A needs analysis for a Spanish for nursing course, Revista de Lenguas para Fines Específicos, 29, 74-93. 
  • Helms, L. (in progress). The task-based needs analysis: Methodological considerations. This mixed-methods study implemented the most up-to-date methodological considerations proposed by Serafini (2022) for conducting a task-based needs analysis in the context of designing a Spanish for Emergency Room Nursing course.
  • Helms, L., Adams, R., & Worrick, A. (in progress). The L2 motivational self-systems of STEM students from Spain in a task-based academic English course. This qualitative study will examine changes in the motivation of STEM students as they learn academic English.