Bev Derewianka

Position: Professorial Fellow



Dr Beverly Derewianka is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Beverly has worked as a teacher in primary, secondary and adult contexts and has been a teacher educator for nearly thirty years. She has played a key role in syllabus development both in Australia and internationally. Her research interests include the relationship between research, policy and practice as well as genre theory, and a functional approach to grammar and literacy development. Her best known teacher publications are Exploring How Texts Work and A Grammar Companion for Primary Teachers, both published by the Primary English Teachers Association of Australia. More recently she has written Teaching Language in Context with Pauline Jones (OUP) and School Discourse (Continuum) with Frances Christie, tracing the development of writing from childhood to late adolescence in the areas of English, History and Science View Publications List

Research Interests

  • Genre-based approaches to language learning
  • Functional grammar in schools
  • Language syllabus development
  • Literacy development (mother-tongue English and ESL)


Last reviewed: 16 January, 2015