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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

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A Tribute to Margaret Berry: The WHY of text analysis

Hillier, H., Gardner, S. & Fawcett, R., 27 May 2019, In : Functions of Language. 26, 1, p. 22-27 7 p.

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Complex, but in what way? A step towards greater understanding of academic writing proficiency

Nesi, H. & Gardner, S., 18 Jun 2019, Online Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics:Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics, York St John University 6-8 September, 2018. . Danjo, C., Meddegama, I., O'Brien, D., Prudhoe, J., Walz, L. & Wicaksono, R. (eds.). York St John University , York: British Association for Applied Linguistics, p. 83-85 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

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Discipline, level, genre: Integrating situational perspectives in a new MD analysis of university student writing

Gardner, S., Nesi, H. & Biber, D., Aug 2019, In : Applied Linguistics. 40 , 4, p. 646–674 29 p.

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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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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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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Activities 1991 2019

BAWE 10 Years On

Hilary Nesi (Organising Committee), Sheena Gardner (Organising Committee), Benet Vincent (Organising Committee), Sian Alsop (Organising Committee)
7 Jun 20198 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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

Genre Specificity and EAP

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

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk