Personal profile

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.

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Research Output 2005 2018

Teaching Grammar: Form–Meaning Mapping

Gardner, S. 2018 The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Liontas, J. I. (ed.). Malden, MA, USA: Wiley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Grammar teaching

An analysis of use of conditional sentences by Arab students of English

Al Rdaat, S. & Gardner, S. 2017 In : Advances in Language and Literary Studies. 8, 2, p. 1-13 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Applying linguistics in TEAP: the case of student report writing

Gardner, S. May 2017 Proceedings of the 2015 BALEAP Conference. EAP in a Rapidly Changing Landscape: Issues, Challenges and Solutions. Kemp, J. (ed.). Garnet Education, p. 119-128

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

teaching materials

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

Gardner, S., Nesi, H. & Biber, D. 29 Nov 2017 In : Applied Linguistics. (in press), p. (in press) 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Activities 1991 2017

Second Halliday-Hasan Forum on Language

Gardner, S. (Speaker)
1 Dec 20173 Dec 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

BALEAP Biannual Conference

Gardner, S. (Speaker)
7 Apr 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Metadiscourse Across Genres

Gardner, S. (Speaker)
30 Mar 20172 Apr 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

"Academic writing across languages: multilingual and contrastive approaches in higher education",

Gardner, S. (Invited Speaker)
2 Dec 20163 Dec 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Coventry University Lecture Series

Gardner, S. (Speaker)
16 Mar 2016

Activity: Public Engagement Event