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Research Interests

Genre analysis; Corpus linguistics; Educational linguistics; English for academic purposes; Systemic functional linguistics


Sheena joined Coventry University as Head of English and Languages in 2011 from the University of Birmingham, where she was Reader in Educational Linguistics and member of the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism. Prior to that she was in CELTE, now the Centre for Applied Linguistics, at Warwick University.

Sheena has a background in Functional Linguistics, English Language Teaching (Germany, Sudan, Ukraine), EFL, ESL and EAL Teacher Education and Applied Linguistics (Canada and UK), with experience in Malaysia, Botswana, Pakistan, and China. She enjoys teaching grammar, academic English and genre analysis, and has been involved in the development of national and international pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate and workplace programmes.

Her more than 70 publications include teaching materials, and internationally refereed journal articles in journals such as Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, Language and Education, Language Awareness, Language Teaching Research, English Language Teaching Journal, TESL Canada Journal, Journal of English for Academic Purposes and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Vision Statement

As an applied linguist, I particularly value the synergies between teaching and research. By researching the English we use in education, we uncover the complexities of how language functions in changing and diverse social and educational contexts, and how we communicate on many different levels. This complexity is enriched when English is used in international settings by speakers of other languages.


  • PE English
  • Applied linguistics
  • genres in higher education
  • systemic functional linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics

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Research Output 2005 2019

Engineering Registers in the 21st Century: SFL perspectives on online publications

Gardner, S. & Xu, X., Feb 2019, In : Language, Context and Text: The Social Semiotics Forum. 1, 1, p. 65-101 39 p.

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Pedagogical insights from contrastive studies of English and Chinese writers in the BAWE corpus

Gardner, S., 2019, Academic writing across languages: multilingual and contrastive approaches in higher education.. Huemer, B., Lejot, E. & Deroey, K. (eds.). Böhlau-Verlag , p. 105-126 17 p. (Schreibwissenschaft (Research on Writing)).

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Written Corpora

Gardner, S. & Moreton, E., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities. Adolphs, S. & Knight, D. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, Vol. (In-press). p. (In-press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Activities 1991 2018

The WHY of Text Analysis.

Sheena Gardner (Speaker)
25 Jun 201826 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

International Symposium on English Writing Teaching and Research.

Sheena Gardner (Speaker)
12 May 201813 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

British Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference

Hilary Nesi (Speaker), Sheena Gardner (Speaker)
7 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Genre Specificity and EAP

Sheena Gardner (Speaker), Zoe Gazeley-Eke (Speaker)
21 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk