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Maria is a systemic functional sociolinguist who researches and teaches in lexical, grammatical and semantic variation across contexts. She is particularly interested in appliable linguistics, where she can use her expertise to solve social issues. Maria is an expert in Systemic Functional Linguistics and has applied this in forensic and health contexts. More recently she has applied SFL to her current research areas of academic and professional communication. Primarily a qualitative researcher, Maria uses corpus assisted techniques to enhance her work with a quantitative dimension. Maria is the project leader of the Lit@MQ corpus project. The Lit@MQ corpus is a cross disciplinary collaboration between researchers in the dept of linguistics and the dept of educational studies and, when complete, will be a longitudinal collection of both spoken and written student assignments representing all stages of undergraduate study. It will enable us to measure the literacy levels and literacy development of Macquarie undergraduate students.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, SFHEA, Higher Education Academy

Linguistics, PhD, Macquarie University

linguistics, BA (Hons 1st), Macquarie University

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Research Outputs

Academic success: a student's guide to studying at university

Brick, J., Wilson, N., Wong, D. & Herke, M., 2019, United Kingdom: Red Globe Press. 244 p. (Palgrave Study Skills)

Research output: Book/ReportTextbook

  • Using experiential learning theory as a framework for undergraduate academic communication development

    Herke, M., Hoadley, S. & Wong, D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Best practices for teaching and learning in languages, literatures and linguistics. Jeon, M., Figueredo, M. & Carra-Salsberg, F. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Public discourse syndrome: Reformulating for clarity

    Skopal, D. P. & Herke, M., 1 Jan 2017, In : Text and Talk. 37, 1, p. 141-164 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Academic culture: a student's guide to studying at university

    Brick, J., Herke, M. & Wong, D., 2016, 3rd ed. Melbourne: Macmillan Publishers. 331 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook


    Delbridge Prize

    Maria Herke (Recipient), Dec 2000


  • University Medal

    Maria Herke (Recipient), Apr 2002


  • Activities

    External advisor Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes.

    Maria Herke (Consultant)
    1 Feb 20181 May 2018

    Activity: Consultancy

    Lit@MQ Macquarie University Student Literacy Corpus

    Maria Herke (Participant), Deanna Wong (Participant), Helen Little (Participant), Susan Hoadley (Participant), Canzhong Wu (Participant)

    Activity: Other

    Getting the most out of workplace conversations

    Maria Herke (Speaker), Susan Hoadley (Speaker)
    28 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Effective workplace communication module

    Maria Herke (Consultant)
    1 Feb 20161 Sep 2016

    Activity: Consultancy

    This won’t hurt a bit-honest! Strategies for establishing and maintaining effective patient-clinician interaction and trust

    Maria Herke (Speaker), Heather Jackson (Speaker)
    Oct 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Beyond the paper

    Maria Herke


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research