EFL Func

Hi! Welcome to EFL Func.

I’m an English as a Foreign Language teacher from Australia now living and working at a college in Japan. This blog is to record some of my experiences of trying to apply Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) in EFL classes and various other readings (which may or may not be accurate!). I hope it will also help other EFL teachers use SFL in classes. Enjoy🙂

4 thoughts on “EFL Func

  1. Hey Brett,

    A colleague of mine brought to my attention your profile in the latest JALT, as he saw a that you and I have a similar interest. We are both interested in the language of football. With my friend, I run a website with a weekly podcast, English for football phrases, predictions etc. for people interested in learning English through the unfolding narrative of football.

    I wonder if you’d be interested in checking it out and maybe even writing a guest post or two. Have a dig around the site and let us know what you think.

    I’m also guessing you are a Liverpool fan, as I am, and enjoying the new freedom with which LFC is playing with!



  2. Loved reading through your blog. I came across it after searching for ideas on how to talk about ideational metafunction in poetry with 9 year olds. I find SFL to be very helpful in teaching an adult ESL class. However, I struggle with picking out what is relevant for my primary grade students. What age do you teach?

    1. Thanks Sharon. I’ve actually been trying to use SFL with all ages – I teach from Yound Learners through to Adults – and to post some activities that I’ve found work up here. Most SFL seems to focus on Academic English or ESL in Australia, which isn’t very relevant for my classes. I’d be interested in how you use SFL in class.

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