Gail Forey

Dr, Director of Studies, PhD

  • 1 WEST NORTH 3.23B

Accepting Doctoral Students


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Personal profile

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am willing to take on PhD students working in the area of:

  • Language analysis- discourse analysis & systemic functional linguistics
  • Language and Education - disciplinary literacy and the explicit teaching of language for curriculum learning
  • Pedagogy - genre based pedagogy
  • Workplace communication - globalisation and language in the workplace, offshore outsourcing and the role of language, artificial intelligence and language

Research interests

Gail has carried out research and published in the areas of written and spoken workplace discourse, systemic functional linguistics, discourse analysis, language education and teaching development. She is currently involved in research related to classroom discourse, disciplinary literacy, pedagogy, the explicit teaching of language for curriculum learning and workplace communication focusing on offshore outsourcing and the role of language in this emerging field.

Teaching interests

Before joining Bath University, Gail taught in Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Hungary, and the UK. In Hong Kong, Gail worked at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), where she was Associate Head of the Department, Programme Leader for the Master of Arts in English Language Teaching and the Doctor of Applied Language Sciences. During her time at PolyU, Gail received the Faculty Award for Teaching 2013, the President’s Award for Teaching 2014 and the Hong Kong University Teacher of the Year Award 2015, the Faculty's Service Award 2017, and the PolyU's Knowledge Transfer Award 2017. 

Education/Academic qualification




PhD Applied Linguistics

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy


  • Education, language and literacy, language teacher education, action research, systemic functional linguistics, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, English for academic purposes, globalisation and education, English medium instruction and communication in the workplace.

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Research Output

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The benefits of explicit teaching of language for curriculum learning in the Physical Education classroom

Forey, G. & Cheung, E., 2019, (Acceptance date) In : English for Specific Purposes.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Meaning-making in a secondary science classroom: A systemic functional multimodal discourse analysis

He, Q. & Forey, G., 17 Jan 2018, Global Developments in Literacy Research for Science Education. Tang, K. S. & Danielsson, K. (eds.). New York, U. S. A.: Springer, p. 183-202 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Citations (Scopus)

Multi-Semiotic Resources Providing Maximal Input in Teaching Science through English

Forey, G. & Polias, J., Mar 2017, Applied Linguistics Perspectives on CLIL. Llinares, A. & Morton, T. (eds.). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company, p. 145-164 (Language Learning and Language Teaching; vol. 47).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Textual metafunction and theme: What's 'it' about?

    Forey, G. & Sampson, N., 12 Jan 2017, The Routledge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Bartlett, T. & O'Grady, G. (eds.). Abingdon, U. K.: Routledge, p. 131-145 15 p. (Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    3 Citations (Scopus)


    English as an international language in higher education: : A collective case study of degree programmes in UK universities

    Author: Kim, J., 20 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Ratkaine Jablonkai, R. (Supervisor), Forey, G. (Supervisor), Dunworth, K. (Supervisor) & Sanchez, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Understanding Expert Mediation in Online and On-site Settings: : A Case Study

    Author: Diaz Maggioli, G., 1 May 2019

    Supervisor: Sanchez, H. (Supervisor) & Forey, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Education (EdD)