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Text-Based Research and Teaching

A Social Semiotic Perspective on Language in Use

  • Peter Mickan
  • Elise Lopez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Elise Lopez, Peter Mickan
    Pages 1-12
  3. Text-Based Research in Everyday Social Settings

  4. Text-Based Language Pedagogy

About this book


This book illustrates the many methods available for researching language in context and for the analysis of everyday text types. Each chapter highlights language as a resource for the expression of meanings—a social semiotic resource. Text analysis is used to reveal our capacity to formulate multiple meanings for participation in different social practices—in relationships, in work, in education and in leisure. The approach is applied in text-based teaching and in the critical analysis of public discourses.  The texts come from different social spheres including banking, language classes, senate hearings, national tests and textbooks, and interior architecture. Text-based research makes a major contribution to Critical Discourse Analysis. The editors and authors of this book demonstrate the value of text analysis for awareness of the role of language for accountable citizenship and for teaching and learning. This book will be of interest to anyone researching in the fields of language learning and teaching, functional linguistics, multimodality, social semiotics, systemic functional linguistics, text-based teaching, and genre analysis, as well as literacy teachers and undergraduate and postgraduate students of linguistics, media and education.


Discourse Language Pedagogy Text-Based Research Text analysis Public discourses Genre analysis Functional linguistics Multimodality

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Mickan
    • 1
  • Elise Lopez
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of ArtsUniversity of Adelaide Faculty of ArtsAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

About the editors

Peter Mickan is Visiting Research Fellow in Adelaide University, Australia. His research interests include language learning and teaching, academic literacies, language testing and curriculum design from the perspective of language as a social semiotic. In Language Curriculum Design and Socialisation (2013), Mickan applies systemic functional linguistics to curriculum design and languages pedagogy.

Elise Lopez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Adelaide. Her dissertation research examines the place of memoir within the SFL framework and its role in shaping patterns of identity and memories of shared experiences.

Bibliographic information


“Text-Based Research and Teaching: A Social Semiotic Perspective on Language in Use can provide a new perspective for literacy pedagogy. … This book can enlighten EFL teachers and learners about new prospects for writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills.” (Akiko Nagao, JALT Journal, Vol. 40 (2), November, 2018)