Dr Alex Garcia Marrugo

BEd Atlántico, MA Liverpool, MTeach UWS, PhD Macquarie
Associate Lecturer in Student Learning and Communication Development

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Alexandra García is Associate Lecturer in Student Learning and Communication at the Learning Centre. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Macquarie University, a Master of Teaching from Western Sydney University, a Master of Arts in Language Teaching and Learning from the University of Liverpool in the UK and a Bachelor of Education from the Universidad del Atlántico in Colombia. Her research interests include language and ideology, systemic functional linguistics, corpus linguistics, critical thinking and academic literacy.

Research interests

Motivated by the obvious misconception of the Colombian conflict among her undergraduate students, Alexandra embarked on doctoral studies to investigate the representation of the conflict in the press. Her findings have been published in journals such as Discourse & Society, Functional Linguistics and Linguistics and the Human Sciences, among others.

As an educator, Alexandra believes firmly that her role as a language teacher involves raising awareness about the linguistic resources available to empower or oppress citizens. Thus, knowledge about language is crucial to develop critical thinking.

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Perpetrator Profile: A Descriptive Means to Codify the Psychosocial Characteristics of Nazi Perpetrators. George FOSTER

Current projects

Alexandra is currently working on developing blended and online materials for academic literacy.

Associations

  • ASFLA – Latin American Association of Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • AALL – Association for Academic Language and Learning

Awards and honours

  • Colfuturo – Chevening Award Scholarship – British Council
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship- Macquarie University

Selected grants

2018

  • Recognising culture and developing academic potential in Singapore nursing students.; Bloomfield J, James B, Green J, Ridgway G, Harvey A, Garcia A; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2017

  • Writing a literature review (Open Learning Environment - HDR); Garcia A, Harrison M; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Garcia, A. (2008). Technology, Environment and Progress: Exercises on Critical Reading through Systemic Functional Linguistics. Universidad del Norte: Barranquilla: Ediciones Uninorte.

Book Chapters

  • Garcia, A. (2012). Measuring Ideology in Texts: Using Quantifiable Tools in CDA. In Ghitsaki, C. & Baldouf, R. (Eds.) (Eds.), Future Directions In Applied Linguistics, (pp. 292-310). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journals

  • Garcia, A. (2018). Going digital: Challenges and opportunities in transforming face to face ALL workshops into online versions. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 12(1), A115-A127.
  • Garcia, A. (2017). 'On the grammar of death': the construal of death and killing in Colombian newspapers. Functional Linguistics, 4(10), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Garcia, A. (2016). New Wars, New Media and New Journalism: Professional Challenges in Conflict Reporting by Stig A. Nohrstedt & Rune Ottosen. Discourse and Communication, 10(5), 548-549.
  • Garcia, A. (2013). 'What's in a name?': The representation of the illegal actors in the internal conflict in the Colombian press. Discourse and Society, 46(81). [More Information]
  • Garcia, A. (2013). Construing experience in Spanish: Revisiting a Systemic Functional Description of Nuclear Transitivity. Revista Signos: estudios de lengua y literatura, 46(81).
  • Garcia, A. (2008). 'As hard as it gets': A preliminary analysis of hard news reports of the internal conflict in the Colombian press. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 4(1), 5-30.
  • Garcia, A. (2008). Lexical semantics as a tool for developing critical reading in the language classroom. Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning, 1(1), 66-76.
  • Garcia, A. (2008). Removing the veil: Developing critical reading skills through Systemic Functional Linguistics. Zona Proxima, 9, 28-45.

2018

  • Garcia, A. (2018). Going digital: Challenges and opportunities in transforming face to face ALL workshops into online versions. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 12(1), A115-A127.

2017

  • Garcia, A. (2017). 'On the grammar of death': the construal of death and killing in Colombian newspapers. Functional Linguistics, 4(10), 1-17. [More Information]

2016

  • Garcia, A. (2016). New Wars, New Media and New Journalism: Professional Challenges in Conflict Reporting by Stig A. Nohrstedt & Rune Ottosen. Discourse and Communication, 10(5), 548-549.

2013

  • Garcia, A. (2013). 'What's in a name?': The representation of the illegal actors in the internal conflict in the Colombian press. Discourse and Society, 46(81). [More Information]
  • Garcia, A. (2013). Construing experience in Spanish: Revisiting a Systemic Functional Description of Nuclear Transitivity. Revista Signos: estudios de lengua y literatura, 46(81).

2012

  • Garcia, A. (2012). Measuring Ideology in Texts: Using Quantifiable Tools in CDA. In Ghitsaki, C. & Baldouf, R. (Eds.) (Eds.), Future Directions In Applied Linguistics, (pp. 292-310). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2008

  • Garcia, A. (2008). 'As hard as it gets': A preliminary analysis of hard news reports of the internal conflict in the Colombian press. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 4(1), 5-30.
  • Garcia, A. (2008). Lexical semantics as a tool for developing critical reading in the language classroom. Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning, 1(1), 66-76.
  • Garcia, A. (2008). Removing the veil: Developing critical reading skills through Systemic Functional Linguistics. Zona Proxima, 9, 28-45.
  • Garcia, A. (2008). Technology, Environment and Progress: Exercises on Critical Reading through Systemic Functional Linguistics. Universidad del Norte: Barranquilla: Ediciones Uninorte.

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