Pre-Congress Institute

ISFC 2018 Boston

July 19-21, 2018

Over three days, the Pre-Congress Institute consists of six courses: three in the morning from 8:30am to 12:00pm and three in the afternoon 1:00pm to 4:30pm.

Morning Courses and Instructors 

Introduction to SFL

Frances Christie

Frances Christie/ The University of Melbourne

Frances Christie is an Emeritus Professor of Language and Literacy Education, the University of Melbourne. She was appointed Honorary Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work in the University of Sydney at the start of 2003. Her research interests are Pedagogic grammar, writing development, classroom discourse analysis


Legitimation Code Theory

Dr. Karl Maton

Dr. Karl Maton/ The University of Sydney

Professor Karl Maton is Director of the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building at the University of Sydney. Karl is the creator of Legitimation Code Theory (LCT), which is being widely used alongside SFL by linguists and educators to analyse knowledge practices. Karl collaborates closely with SFL scholars, such as Jim Martin, to explore knowledge-building and how knowledge and linguistic practices in various arenas of social enable or constrain social justice.


Reading to Learn: Democratising the Classroom

Dr. Yaegan Doran

Dr. Yaegan Doran/ The University of Sydney

Yaegan Doran is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Research Fellow in the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on language, semiosis, knowledge and education from the perspectives of Systemic Functional Linguistics and Legitimation Code Theory, spanning the interdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics, multimodality, and language and identity.

Dr. David Rose

Dr. David Rose/ The University of Sydney

Dr. David Rose is an Associate of the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. His research is focused on providing teachers with the tools to enable all students to read and write successfully. To this end, the research has included analysis and design of classroom discourse to engage and support all students, effective techniques for beginning literacy in the early years of school, techniques for embedding reading and writing skills in curriculum learning at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, and methodologies for providing teachers with the knowledge about pedagogy and language to apply these techniques successfully. 

Dr. Andres Ramirez

Dr. Andrés Ramírez/
Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Andrés Ramírez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University. His research explores culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogies that promote the literacy and language development of Emergent to Advanced Bilingual students (EABs). He teaches courses in TESOL education, curriculum theory, systemic functional linguistics (SFL) and critical discourse analysis.


Afternoon Courses and Instructors 

Genre-based Pedagogy

Beverly Derewianka

Beverly Derewianka/The University of Wollongong

Beverly Derewianka is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research interests are genre-based approaches to language learning, functional grammar in schools, Language syllabus development, and Literacy development (mother-tongue English and ESL)



Len Unsworth

Len Unsworth/ The University of New England

Len Unsworth is an adjunct professor and a member of the English, Literacies and Languages Academic Team. His key research interests include: literacy and learning in school curriculum areas; literature for children and adolescents; literacy development in the English curriculum K-12; and the pedagogic role of explicit knowledge about language and the meaning-making resources of images and image-language interaction in both paper and digital media texts, including animation and film.


Pedagogical Research Workshop

Dr. Mary Schleppegrell

Dr. Mary Schleppegrell/ University of Michigan

Dr. Mary Schleppegrell's research explores the relationship between language and learning with a focus on students for whom English is a second language. A linguist, she uses systemic functional linguistics to explore the meaning in language in ways that illuminate issues in education.

Ruth Harman

Dr. Marianna Ryshina-Pankova/ Georgetown University

Dr. Marianna Ryshina-Pankova is an associate professor in the Department of German in the College. Her research interests lie in the area of second language acquisition, discourse analysis, and advanced foreign language literacy development and instruction. Through her dissertation research she has become keenly interested in the systemic-functional grammar developed by M.A.K. Halliday and genre theory (James Martin, Frances Christie, Ruqaiya Hasan) and their applications to foreign language instruction and to the research on the linguistic manifestations of various stages of written foreign language development.

Ruth Harman

Dr. Ruth Harman/ University of Georgia

Dr. Ruth Harman is an associate professor in Department of Language and Literacy Education. Her research interests are performance and performativity; SFL-oriented Genre Writing instruction, multimodal discourse analysis, challenging anti-immigration discourses, second language identities, and classroom discourse analysis.