Dr Ruth French

BEd (Hons)(Sydney), PhD (UNE)
Scholarly Teaching Fellow

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6273

Biographical details

Dr Ruth French is a newly appointed Scholarly Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She is an experienced primary school teacher and assistant principal. She was awarded her Ph.D. cum laude from the University of New England, Armidale; her thesis explored teaching and learning in the area of children's development of knowledge about language (especially grammar). Her broader research and teaching interests include: pedagogy, language and literacy education, and children's literature. She is currently teaching in the M.Teach. and B.Ed. (Primary) programs.

Teaching and supervision

EDUP1002, EDUP3006, EDUP3007, EDUP4017, EDUP4079, EDUP4080, EDMT5502, EDMT5676, EDMT6500

Current research students

Project title Research student
The impact of the curriculum on the religious identity of middle school students in faith-based schools. Ruby HOLLAND

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • French, R. (2010). Primary school children learning grammar: Rethinking the possibilities. In Locke, T (Eds.), Beyond the Grammar Wars: A Resource for Teachers and Students on Developing Language Knowledge in the Enlgish/Literacy Classroom, (pp. 206-229). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • French, R. (1997). Writing in the early years. In V. Nicoll-Hatton (Eds.), Getting started: Ideas for the literacy teacher, (pp. 107-114). Sydney: Primary English Teachers Association Australia (PETAA).

Journals

  • French, R. (2014). Souping it up with grammar. Practically Primary, 19(3), 9-11.
  • French, R. (2014). Using 'Yoko' to develop knowledge about language. Practically Primary, 19(3), 25-26.
  • French, R. (2012). Learning the grammatics of quoted speech: Benefits for punctuation and expressive reading. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 35(2), 206-222.
  • French, R. (2001). Reading and writing reviews with Stage 2 and Stage 3 students. Scan, 20(1), 4-9.
  • French, R. (1995). Teaching children functional grammar: A Year 6 experience. Interchange: Journal of the NSW Adult Migrant Education Service, 27(24), 26.

Conferences

  • French, R. (2010). Starting points in teaching grammatics: Children learning about verbs. 4th Annual Faculty of The Professions Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research, University of New England, Armidale.
  • French, R. (2009). 'Pumpkin Soup' and grammatics: A critical literacy case study with Year 2. 3rd Annual Faculty of The Professions Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research, University of New England, Armidale.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • French, R. (1996). Teaching functional grammar to children: Some practical activities. ASFLA Newsletter.

Other

  • French, R., Whitaker, J. (1996), Realising literacy through projects (PEN 105).

2014

  • French, R. (2014). Souping it up with grammar. Practically Primary, 19(3), 9-11.
  • French, R. (2014). Using 'Yoko' to develop knowledge about language. Practically Primary, 19(3), 25-26.

2012

  • French, R. (2012). Learning the grammatics of quoted speech: Benefits for punctuation and expressive reading. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 35(2), 206-222.

2010

  • French, R. (2010). Primary school children learning grammar: Rethinking the possibilities. In Locke, T (Eds.), Beyond the Grammar Wars: A Resource for Teachers and Students on Developing Language Knowledge in the Enlgish/Literacy Classroom, (pp. 206-229). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • French, R. (2010). Starting points in teaching grammatics: Children learning about verbs. 4th Annual Faculty of The Professions Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research, University of New England, Armidale.

2009

  • French, R. (2009). 'Pumpkin Soup' and grammatics: A critical literacy case study with Year 2. 3rd Annual Faculty of The Professions Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research, University of New England, Armidale.

2001

  • French, R. (2001). Reading and writing reviews with Stage 2 and Stage 3 students. Scan, 20(1), 4-9.

1997

  • French, R. (1997). Writing in the early years. In V. Nicoll-Hatton (Eds.), Getting started: Ideas for the literacy teacher, (pp. 107-114). Sydney: Primary English Teachers Association Australia (PETAA).

1996

  • French, R., Whitaker, J. (1996), Realising literacy through projects (PEN 105).
  • French, R. (1996). Teaching functional grammar to children: Some practical activities. ASFLA Newsletter.

1995

  • French, R. (1995). Teaching children functional grammar: A Year 6 experience. Interchange: Journal of the NSW Adult Migrant Education Service, 27(24), 26.

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