Dr David Rose


Dr David Rose is the director of Reading to Learn, an international literacy program that trains teachers across school and university sectors (www.readingtolearn.com.au). He is an Associate of the Department of Linguistics and the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, which he joined as a U2000 Research Fellow in 2001. He has also been a Principal Research Fellow with the Koori Centre at the University of Sydney. Reading to Learn works with schools and universities across Australia, and in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. However Dr Rose’s work has been particularly concerned with Indigenous Australian communities, languages and education programs. He is a speaker of Pitjantjatjara, a language of Australia's Western Desert, and is a member of the Western Desert Indigenous ceremonial Law. In addition to literacy and teacher education, his research interests include language and cultural contexts and language evolution. He is the author of The Western Desert Code: an Australian cryptogrammar. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 2001, Working with Discourse: meaning beyond the clause (with J.R. Martin). London: Continuum, 2003/2007 and Genre Relations: mapping culture (also with J.R. Martin). London: Equinox, 2008.


  • (Many of these publications can be downloaded from the Reading to Learn website)
  • Meaning beyond the margins: learning to interact with books. S. Hood, S. Dreyfus, M. Stenglin (eds.) Proceedings from the Semiotic Margins: Reclaiming meaning conference at the University of Sydney, 2007, to appear
  • Encounters with genre: apprehending cultural frontiers (with J.R. Martin). B Baker & I Mushin (eds). Language and Identity in Traditional Communities (Festschrift for Michael Walsh). CUP to appear
  • Writing as linguistic mastery: the development of genre-based literacy pedagogy. Myhill, D., D. Beard, M. Nystrand & J. Riley Handbook of Writing Development. London: Sage, 2008, 151-166
  • Interacting with Text: the role of dialogue in learning to read and write. (with JR Martin) Foreign Languages in China 4.5. 2007, 66-80
  • Scaffolding Academic Literacy with Indigenous Health Sciences students: an evaluative study (with M Rose, S Farrington & S Page). Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 2008, 166-180 http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jeap
  • Reading Genre: a new wave of analysis. In Linguistics and the Human Sciences. 2:2, 2007, 185–204 http://www.equinoxpub.com
  • Grammatical Metaphor. In Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd Edition. Oxford: Elsevier, 2006, 66-73
  • Reading (and writing) to learn in the middle years of schooling. (with C. Acevedo) Pen 157. Sydney: Primary English Teaching Association, 1-8, 2007 http://www.peta.edu.au
  • A reading based model of schooling. Pesquisas em Discurso Pedagógico, 4: 2, 2007 http://www.maxwell.lambda.ele.puc-rio.br
  • Literacy and equality. A. Simpson (ed.) Proceedings of Future Directions in Literacy Conference. University of Sydney 2006, 188-203 http://www.proflearn.edsw.usyd.edu.au/resources/2006_papers.shtml
  • Closing the gap and accelerating learning in the Middle Years of Schooling (with C. Acevedo) Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 14.2, 2006 http://www.alea.edu.au/site-content/publications/documents/ajll/ajll0606.htm
  • A systemic functional model of language evolution. In Cambridge Archaeological Journal. 16:1 2006, 73–96
  • Democratising the classroom: a literacy pedagogy for the new generation. In Journal of Education, Durban: University of KwaZulu Natal, 35, 2006, 127-164 http://www.ukzn.ac.za/joe/joe_issues.htm
  • Scaffolding the English curriculum for Indigenous secondary students: Final Report for NSW 7-10 English Syllabus, Aboriginal Support Pilot Project. Sydney: Office of the Board of Studies 2006 http://ab-ed.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/go/english-literacy-7-10/evaluation-of-the-project
  • Designing literacy pedagogy: scaffolding democracy in the classroom (with J.R. Martin) Webster, J., Matthiessen, C. & Hasan, R. (eds.) Continuing Discourse on Language. London: Continuum, 2005, 251-280.
  • Narrative and the origins of discourse: patterns of discourse in stories around the world. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics Series S19, 2005, 151-173
  • Learning To Read: Reading To Learn: Submission to the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy 2005. Canberra: Department of Education, Science and Training http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/school_education/policy_initiatives_reviews/key_issues/literacy_numeracy/national_inquiry/documents/pdf2/sub_315_pdf.htm
  • Sequencing and pacing of the hidden curriculum: How Indigenous children are left out of the chain. In J. Muller, A. Morais & B. Davies (eds.) Reading Bernstein, Researching Bernstein. London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004, 91-107
  • Pitjantjatjara: a metafunctional profile. In A. Caffarel, J.R. Martin & C.M.I.M Matthiessen (eds.) Language Typology: a functional perspective. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2004, 479-537
  • Scaffolding academic reading and writing at the Koori Centre. with L. Lui-Chivizhe, A. McKnight & A. Smith. Journal of Indigenous Education 30th Anniversary Edition, www.atsis.uq.edu.au/ajie, 2004, 41-9
  • The structuring of experience in the grammar of Pitjantjatjara and English. Languages in Contrast, 2004, 45-74
  • Scaffolding reading and writing for Indigenous children in school (with B. Gray & W. Cowey). In P. Wignell (ed.) Double Power: English literacy and Indigenous education. Melbourne: NLLIA, 1999, 23-60
  • Culture, competence and schooling: approaches to literacy teaching in Indigenous school education. In F. Christie (ed.) Pedagogy and the Shaping of Consciousness: Linguistic and Social Processes London: Cassell, 1999, 217-245
  • Science discourse & industrial hierarchy. In J.R. Martin & R. Veel (eds.) Reading Science: Critical and Functional Perspectives on Discourses of Science. London: Routledge, 1998, 236-265
  • Science, technology and technical literacies. In F. Christie and J.R. Martin (ed.) Genres and Institutions: Social Practices in the Workplace & School. London: Cassell, 1997, 40-72