Thanks again to everyone for the wonderful presentations, which made the congress such a buzz. It was fantastic to see so many friends again, and connect with people we had never met before.
In the event we enjoyed 225 presentations, and welcomed 348 delegates (including 105 participants attending the special Language in Education Day on Wednesday). Over 30 countries were represented - including Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Austria, China, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Yemen, USA, Canada, Columbia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, and Australia.

The highlight of the week for me was the emergence of a new generation of scholars, many presenting at a conference for the first time. Not to mention the terrific plenary sessions and engaging colloquia, alongside parallel papers, workshops and materials and methods showcase sessions.

Needless to say it was hard to sleep and we all exhausted; but excited too in so many ways.

Missing you all. Until next time.

Cool runnings.

Jim (for the organising committee)



The conference theme is 'Discourses of hope: peace, reconciliation, learning and change' and we would of course encourage presentations which deal in whole or in part with this theme. The purpose of the theme is to invite participants to think more politically about the various applications of their work, in terms of what they are trying to achieve, and to encourage a reorientation in critical thinking to what we might call Positive Discourse Analysis (PDA) - work which considers how people make the world a better place and designs interventions based on such considerations. We recognise of course that not everyone's work accommodates a theme of this kind, and welcome presentations from the usual wide range of SFL and affine endeavours.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submissions has passed and late submissions can only be considered in exceptional circumstances on a case by case basis in relation to cancellations. ...

Language in Education day

July 20, 2005 • University of Sydney

Quality Teaching in Language and Literacy Education

Teachers in primary (elementary) and secondary (high) schools as well as teachers of academic literacies in universities and other post-school contexts will all find sessions devoted to key issues in their areas of teaching responsibility. The program will also be of interest to teacher educators and researchers in these fields. Participants are welcome to register for this day only and/or for additional days of the Congress.

The keynote sessions in the morning are each linked to a corresponding follow-up workshop from morning tea till lunchtime. Participants will be introduced to recent work in a number of areas of language and literacy education and will have the opportunity to follow through practical details in the workshops. After lunch additional sessions will be conducted by conference participants who have successfully responded to the call for papers. The final Materials and Methods Showcase will focus on the use of recently produced teaching resources including CD ROMs, videos, textbooks, course materials and teaching approaches.

See the Language in Education Day program.


Pre-ISFC 2005 Institute: Resourcing Researchers and Tooling Teachers

11-15 July, 2005: International College of Tourism and Hotel Management, Manly, Australia

For more details, click here.


1st Computational Systemic Functional Grammar Conference

July 15-16 -University of Sydney

For more details, click here.