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Dr Sue Wharton

Job Title
Associate Professor
Applied Linguistics
Research Interests

Sue is interested in all sorts of written discourse analysis to the extent that this can facilitate understanding, and sometimes change, in the social situation of which it is a part. She has looked at the discursive construction of (written) identity in a number of educational and professional contexts e.g. teacher education and social work. She works with a range of discourse analytical methods (macro and micro) and softwares (SketchEngine, Wordsmith, UAM) with a particular interest in small corpora and ways of combining quantitative and qualitative corpus work. Sue supervises research students working on a range of language analysis based projects. She is convenor of the Professional and Academic Discourse research group in the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick.


Sue joined the Centre for Applied Linguistics in 2004. Before this, she spent ten years at Aston University in Birmingham. She has also worked on examination administration and development at the London University exam board, and worked as an English Language teacher and teacher trainer in Mexico, France, Spain and UK.

  • Nkateng, Unity, Wharton, Sue, 2016. Embracing a new professional identity : the case of social work in Botswana. Van de Mieroop, Dorien; Schnurr, Stephanie, 1975- (eds.), Identity Struggles : Evidence From Workplaces Around the World, John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Smith, R. J., Kullman, J., Gray, J., Wharton, Sue, Santos, Denise, Pennycook, A., 2009. Critical approaches to coursebooks. Beaven, Briony (ed.), IATEFL 2008 Exeter Conference Selections, Canterbury, U.K., International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
  • Wharton, Sue, 2008. Becoming a writer: community membership and discursive literacy. In Garton, Sue; Richards, Keith, 1952- (eds.), Professional Encounters in TESOL: Discourses of Teachers in Teaching, Basingstoke, U.K., Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, pp. 218-231
  • Wharton, Sue, 2002. Writing from a context : course assignments and professional development. In Graal, M. (ed.), Writing Development in Higher Education : changing contexts for teaching and learning : proceedings of the 8th annual Writing Development in Higher Education Conference, University of Leicester, April 2001, University of Leicester, Teaching and learning unit, pp. 153-168
  • Edge, Julian, Wharton, Sue, 2002. Genre teaching : the struggle for diversity in unity?. In Spelman Miller, K.; Thompson, P. (eds.), Unity and diversity in language use : selected papers from the annual meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics held at the University of Reading, September 2001, London, Continuum, pp. 22-38
  • Edge, Julian, Wharton, Sue, 2001. Patterns of text in teacher education. In Hoey, M.; Scott, M.; Thompson, G. (eds.), Patterns of text : in honour of Michael Hoey, Amsterdam, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 255-286