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Dr Sally Humphrey

Senior Lecturer (English and Literacies Education)

Sally is a senior lecturer in literacy education and have been a researcher with the Learning Sciences Institute since 2014. I have worked for many years in the field of educational semiotics in the contexts of discipline literacies, English for Academic Purposes and English curriculum in school and higher education contexts. I have participated in a number of influential Australian research projects, which have drawn on systemic functional linguistics, genre and appraisal theory and rhetoric to support adolescent and adult learners to develop the literacies needed for participation in academic and civic life.

Research interests

  • Educational semiotics
  • Discipline literacies,
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English curriculum
  • Systemic functional linguistics,
  • Genre theory
  • Appraisal theory
  • Rhetoric
  • Adolescent civic literacies

Competitive grants and projects

2016-2017 Queensland Education Horizon Grant. Research Partnerships and Improvement Science: Using data to inform the teaching of writing and assessment. Professors Claire Wyatt-Smith, Joy Cumming, Len Unsworth, Dr Sally Humphrey Dr Lenore Adie , Mary Neville, Christine Jackson, Alexander Chen, Dr Kirstine Hand $170,000
2016-2019 Australian Research Council, Linkage Grant: Unsworth, L., Tytler, R., O’Halloran, K., Humphrey, S., Love, K., Lynzaat, A., Moss-Holland, S., Oakley, E., & Dullard, R., Multiliteracies for addressing disadvantage in senior school science. $500,000
2015-2016 2015-2016 International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO): Humphrey, S. Chen, H Macnaught, L.
Social constructivist approaches to language learning in multilingual early and elementary years classrooms $50,000

Research consultancy projects

2008-2010 Scaffolding Literacy in Adult and Tertiary Environments (SLATE)
2012-2014 Hong Kong City University: Martin, J, Mahboob, A, Humphrey, S., Dreyfus, S.
2013-2014 National Partnership Grant: Humphrey, S. with Belmore Boys High School, Belmore, NSW, Embedding Literacies in the KLA’s. $60,000
2012-2014 Catholic Education Office, Sydney region, with primary and secondary schools in Ashfield, NSW: The 4×4 in Middle Years English: Using a 4×4 toolkit of language to develop middle years’ pedagogy in preparation for the English K-12 syllabus. $50,000

Professor Len Unsworth Curriculum Vitae


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