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, where 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)
Member, Editorial Board, Functional Linguistics
- Discourse recontextualization in early language development
- Children's development of knowledge of grammar [grammatics]. Geoff is collaborating with teachers at a Sydney primary school on children's development of knowledge about language in the early years of schooling. Publications from an earlier phase of this work include: Williams G. 2005. Grammatics in schools. In Continuing Discourse on Language. Volume 1. Eds. J. Webster, C. Matthiessen and R. Hasan. London: Equinoxpp. pp. 281-310. Williams G. 2004. Ontogenesis and grammatics: Functions of metalanguage in pedagogical discourse. In The Development of Language: Functional perspectives on species and individuals. Eds. G. Williams and A. Lukin. London and New York: Continuum. pp.241-267. Williams G. 2000. Children's literature, children and uses of language description. In Researching Language in Schools and Communities. Ed. L. Unsworth. London: Cassell. pp.111-129.
- Children's literacy development in rural Ethiopia. Geoff continues to collaborate on research with a colleague at the University of British Columbia, Dr Marlene Asselin, on initiatives to support children's literacy development in rural Ethiopia through small community libraries.
- 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.