Bringing It All Together: Critical Take(s) on Systemic Functional Linguistics

  • Ruth HarmanEmail author
Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 33)


This chapter discusses the strengths and challenges of implementing the critical takes on SFL articulated in this volume. The major strengths across the studies relate to their shared focus on a systematic SFL metalanguage, critical orientation to teaching and researching and use of a robust pedagogical design that supports multilingual students and teachers in investigating and critiquing how semiotic choices realize knowledge for specific audiences, purposes and contexts. A common and significant challenge is the lack of institutional and systematic support for longitudinal implementations of SFL-based instruction and research. Implications include the need for administrators and policy makers to be invited into the discussion about critical SFL-informed disciplinary approaches; and for more studies to be conducted on dialogic SFL-informed classroom instruction across the curriculum and across institutions.


Systemic functional linguistics Critical discourse analysis Language instruction Critical literacy 


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  1. 1.Language and Literacy DepartmentUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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