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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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Projects 2002 2017

Developing Effective Communication between Doctors and Clients: Sexual and Reproductive Health Consultations

Herke, M., Slade, D., Stanton, N., McGregor, J. & Scheeres, H.


Project: Research

EDCOM: EDCOM Emergency Communication Project

Herke, M., Matthiessen, C., Slade, D., McGregor, J., Scheeres, H., Stein-Parbury, J., Chandler, E., Stanton, N., Manidis, M. & Dunstan, R.


Project: Research

The Scamseek Project - Text Mining for Financial Scams on the Internet

Herke, M., Patrick, J. & Matthiessen, C.


Project: Research

Research Outputs 2003 2019

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/ReportTextbookResearch

academic success

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 proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Public Discourse

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/ReportBookResearch


Delbridge Prize

Maria Herke (Recipient), Dec 2000


honors and awards

University Medal

Maria Herke (Recipient), Apr 2002



Activities 2010 2018

External advisor Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes.

Maria Herke (Consultant)
1 Feb 20181 May 2018

Activity: Consultancy

Getting the most out of workplace conversations

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

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Lit@MQ Macquarie University Student Literacy Corpus

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

Activity: Other

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