Pauline Jones

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Known forWork in educational linguistics, multimodality and classroom talk

Pauline Jones is an Australian academic in the field of Systemic Functional Linguistics. She is Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Wollongong, Australia and is known for her work in educational linguistics, multimodality and classroom talk. She is president of the Primary Education Teachers Association Australia [PETAA].


Jones completed a Diploma in Teaching General Primary at the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education in 1981 and a Bachelor of Education at the Western Australian College of Advanced Education in 1984. Inspired by her teaching experience she went on to study at University of Technology Sydney and received her Master of Arts (Teaching English as a second or foreign language) in 1994. In 2005, she completed her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales entitled 'A socio-semantic investigation of classroom talk'.[1]

From 1985, Jones worked in a number of primary schools across Queensland and New South Wales - firstly as a primary classroom teacher and then as a specialist English language teacher and a system-based teacher-educator. These latter experiences led her to work with teachers in Papua New Guinea on AusAID funded projects, Thailand, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. After completing her MA in 1994, she moved to work at Charles Sturt University as a lecturer in English and Teaching English as a second or foreign language education. In 2007 she joined the University of Wollongong (UOW) as a lecturer; teaching and researching in the area of language in education.

Her work focuses on the role of oral language in learning, disciplinary literacy practices and multimodality, with an explicit aim of improving literacy outcomes for primary and secondary school students.

Major contributions

Jones has had a long history of involvement in the field of language and literacy education. Her expertise in oral language and learning has impacted on the Australian national curriculum and policy surrounding the national literacy and numeracy learning progressions.[2][3] In 2007, the NSW Department of Education and Training conferred on Jones an award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Education. In 2009, together with Ken Cruickshank, she led the development of Teaching English Language Learners (TELL), a research-based professional learning course for teachers of English language learners in NSW schools.[4] This work offers educators "an understanding of the needs of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds" and encourages teachers to identify the specific language and cultural demands of their specialist subject areas.[4]

Jones' work on academic literacy further contributed to the development of FOLD[5] an online learning resource for fostering online discussion in higher education. She continues to contribute to the areas of language and literacy education as leader of an Australian government funding project TRANSLIT, which examines literacy development across the years of schooling. The results from this project are due to published in a forthcoming publication Transition and Continuity in School Literacy Development.[6]

Jones' publications focus on oral language in the classroom[7][8], language and literacy development and functional linguistics/semiotics. Her co-authored textbook with Beverly Derewianka, Teaching Language in Context[9] has sold more than 17,000 copies and is used in 22 national teacher education institutions across Australia as well as in the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia (OUP sales figures Jan 2020). The second edition of the textbook has been accompanied by online resources that are informed by video and teacher materials developed from the original classroom research. The textbook was shortlisted for the 2017 Educational Publishing Awards (Tertiary).[10]

From 2012-2016 Jones was President of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA)[11][12].

Jones is President of the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA), a national body which aims to disseminate literacy research to primary and middle years teachers through professional learning programmes, publications[13][14] and advocacy[15][16]. PETAA was formed in 1972 and is one of the largest associations for primary educators in Australia.[17]

Selected publications:

Jones, P., Matruglio, E. & Edwards-Groves C. (forthcoming). Transition and Continuity in School Literacy Development. Bloomsbury.

Jones, P. & Hammond, J. (Eds.). (2018). Talking to Learn. Abingdon: Routledge.

Jones, P., Simpson, A. & Thwaite, A. (Eds.). (2018). Talking the Talk: Snapshots from Australian Classrooms. Marrickville: PETAA.

Derewianka, B. & Jones, P. (2016). Teaching Language in Context (2nd Edition – expanded with new material and chapters) Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Derewianka, B. & Jones, P. (2012). Teaching Language in Context. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.


  1. Jones, Pauline (2005). Intersubjectivity and learning: a socio-semantic investigation of classroom discourse. UNSW.
  2. National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Multicultural Education". Education. NSW Government. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  5. "FOLD". Fostering online discussion.
  6. Jones, Pauline; Matruglio, Erika; Edwards-Groves, Christine (2021). Transition and continuity in school literacy development. Bloomsbury.
  7. Talking the talk: Snapshots from Australian classrooms.
  8. Talking to learn.
  9. "Teaching Language in Context". Oxford University Press. OUP. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  10. "Award". Educational Publishing Awards Australia. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  13. Talking the Talk: Snapshots from Australian Classrooms
  14. Grammar in the Early Years: A games-based approach
  15. "PETAA Board Directors". Primary Education Teachers Association Australia. PETAA. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  17. PETAA. "About PETAA".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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