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Senior Lecturer in Language and Linguistics, University of South Australia

Dr David Caldwell is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literacy in the School of Education. David completed his Bachelor of Teaching, Bachelor of Arts(Hons) and Master of Arts in linguistics at Deakin University (Melbourne), and his PhD in linguistics at the University of Sydney. He recently completed a two-year post in Singapore where he worked as an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education in the School of English Language and Literature.

David is particularly interested in the application of Systemic Functional Linguistics to contemporary language contexts. These have included post-match interviews with AFL footballers, medical consultations with hospital patients, and Kanye West's rap music. He is currently investigating a range of language contexts, including literacy practices in the APY Lands, English wordings on t-shirts in South-East Asia, and the on-field language practices of sports people.

David has over ten years’ experience teaching at a tertiary level, where he has taught a range of subjects in English language, literacy, and social linguistics. He has worked extensively training English language teachers for primary, secondary and tertiary level education in Australia and overseas. During his postgraduate studies, David also taught in numerous primary school classrooms throughout Melbourne and Sydney. He is currently providing professional learning sessions in English language and literacy to teachers in South Australia.


  • 2014–present
    Senior lecturer, University of South Australia


  • 2011 
    Sydney University, PhD