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Dr Anne Thwaite


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6138
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.122  

Anne is a Lecturer for the School of Education.

Professional Associations

  • 1994 - Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA)
  • 1994 - Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)
  • 1994 - Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA).

Research Interests

  • Language in education
  • Knowledge about language (KAL)
  • Discourse analysis.


  • PhD, The University of Sydney.
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours, The University of Sydney, 1984.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Thwaite, A., Budgen, F., Hunter, J., Singh, K. (2021). What is complexity? Grammatical issues in assignment prompts. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 52(xx), xx.

Journal Articles

  • Thwaite, A., Jones, P., Simpson, A. (2020). Enacting dialogic pedagogy in primary literacy classrooms: Insights from systemic functional linguistics. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 43(1), 33-46.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Thwaite, A. (2018). Talking about Language in a Diverse Urban Community. Talking the Talk: Snapshots from Australian Classrooms (63-74). Primary English Teaching Association.

Journal Articles

  • Thwaite, A. (2015). Using the Multimodal Analysis Video Program for Register Analysis: A Preliminary Study. TESOL International, 10(1), 110-125.
  • Thwaite, A. (2015). Pre-service teachers linking their metalinguistic knowledge to their practice: a functional approach. Functional Linguistics, 2(4), 17p..

Journal Articles

  • Thwaite, A. (2014). Exploring Critical Literacy with Pre-Service Teachers: An example from Australia. Entreletras, 5(2), 194-211.
  • Thwaite, A. (2014). Teachers and teacher aides initiating five-year-olds into science. Functional Linguistics, 1(6), online.

Journal Articles

  • Thwaite, A., McKay, G. (2013). Five year olds doing science and technology: How teachers shape the conversation. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 36(1), 28-37.

Journal Articles

  • Thwaite, A., Rivalland, J. (2009). How can analysis of classroom talk help teachers reflect on their practices?. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 32(1), 38-54.

Journal Articles

  • Thwaite, A. (2008). Literacy skills of Bachelor of Education (Primary) students. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 31(2), 1-15.

Journal Articles

  • Thwaite, A. (2007). Inclusive and empowering discourse in an early childhood literacy classroom with Indigenous students. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 36(2007), 21-31.

Journal Articles

  • Thwaite, A. (2006). Genre writing in Primary School. Australian Journal of Language & Literacy, 29(2), 95-114.

Journal Articles

  • Thwaite, A. (2004). Classroom discourse of an experienced teacher of Indigenous children. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 27(2), 75-91.

Journal Articles

  • Brown, C., Chadbourne, R., Thwaite, A. (2002). Sell the sizzle,not the steak: Portfolio process or portfolio product.. Interpretations, 35(1), 33-45.

Journal Articles

  • Chadbourne, R., Brown, C., Thwaite, A. (2001). Level 3 portfolios some comparisions with the U S A. Interpretations, 34, 21-29.
  • Hird, B., Milton, M., Oliver, R., Thwaite, A., Breen, M. (2001). Making sense of language teaching: teacher's principles and classroom practices. Applied Linguistics, 22, 470-501.

Research Projects

  • The Identification of Resources to Support Children Learning to Read in the Early Years of School, Department of Education and Training WA, Grant, 2007 ‑ 2008, $47,185.
  • The Identification of Resources to Support Children's Social and Emotional Development, Department of Education and Training WA, Grant, 2007, $47,185.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Digital representation for assessment of spoken EFL at university level: A case study in Vietnam
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The agentive role of teachers in English language education reform in vietnamese primary schools
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Determining factors in first year university student uptake of English language support programs at one Australian university

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating Chinese language teaching for young learners in Australian primary schools: Beliefs and practices

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The effects of learning lexical chunks on the English writing proficiency of Chinese-speaking tertiary students in Australia

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Interactive multimedia (IMM), readling, learing difficulties.
  • Master of Education, Teachers' perspectives on the identification of, and provisions for, gifted and talented English as an additional language students
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Student English achievement, attitude and behaviour in bilingual and monolingual schools in aceh, Indonesia
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