Professor Geoff Williams
BEd(Sydney), MA(Hons)(Sydney), Phd(Linguistics)(Macquarie)
Phone: +61 2 9036 5368
Fax: +61 2 9351 5027
Building.Room: A35.Room 904
Research on teaching and learning
- English and literacy
Literacy education, ontogenesis of ways of meaning, semantic variation, social semiotics
Additional to his honorary appointment at this University, Geoff is an Emeritus Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He was Head of the Department of Language and Literacy Education from 2005 to 2010. Earlier, he held senior lecturer appointments at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Education (1979-1993) in the fields of Primary Education and English Language, and the Faculty of Arts, Department of English, in the English Language and Early English Literature section (1993-2005).
University Medal (MA thesis)
NSW Institute of Education Research Prize
Professional and community roles
Member, Centre for Language in Social Life, Macquarie University (2003 – present)
Review Editor, Linguistics and the human sciences (2004 – present)
- Discourse recontextualization in early language development
- Children's development of knowledge of grammar [grammatics]. Geoff is collaborating with staff at North Newtown Primary School on children's development of knowledge about language in the early years of schooling.
- Effects of Melanoma Patient SES on Communication during Initial Consultations and Clinical Trial Recruitment. Geoff is collaborating in this project with Professors Fran Boyle and John Thompson, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney and Melanoma Institute of Australia.