Accelerated Literacy Practitioners' Association Australia

International Systemic Functional Linguistics Congress Education PD Opportunities

Dear teachers


You’ll be looking forward to the end of the term and a little break.  Please find attached details of a conference hosted at UOW during the upcoming holidays.   


‘Transforming Contexts’ is the International Systemic Functional Linguistics annual conference and we’re expecting over 200 participants from all over the world between 10th and 14th July.    


Of special interest to teachers is the Education Day on Wednesday 12th. We have Debra Myhill (Grammar for Creative Teachers:  Principles and Practice) and Mary Macken-Horarik (Managing Relations, Transforming Contexts: How to Build a Grammatics ‘good enough’ for School English). 


The program also includes names many of you will recognise:  Dr Sally Humphrey, Dr David Rose, Associate Professor Jenny Hammond, Dr Bronwyn Parkin and Associate Professor Peter White.  Papers will be of interest to teachers working in primary, secondary and multilingual classrooms.


A draft program can be found at the conference website

Note that the conference dinner will be held on Wednesday evening at the Lagoon restaurant – all welcome. 


You might also be interested in what is happening the following week – even though many of you will be returning to school for term 3.  The Congress is followed by the 2017 Institute, a series of expert-led workshops.  Monday 17th July is also designed especially for teachers. Presenters include Professor Beverly Derewianka (Using SFL to Inform Assessment of Students), Dr Katina Zammit (Unlocking Multimodality: Interpreting and Creating Multimodal Texts) and Dr David Rose (Embedding Reading Skills in Academic Learning: From Beginning School to Tertiary Study).  Further details of these and other workshops available on the conference website.


Cost of Education Day is $200 and Education Workshops $100. Both programs are accredited with NESA.  For further information contact or Associate Professor Pauline Jones (