Dr Eveline Chan

Senior Lecturer, English, Literacies and Languages Education - School of Education

Eveline Chan

Phone: +61 2 6773 3818

Email: eveline_chan@une.edu.au


Eveline Chan is a member of the English, Literacies and Languages Education (ELLE) team. Within this group, she specializes in  English and literacy and is a member of the Languages, Literacies and Literature Research Network.

Other roles:
Course Co-ordinator Master of Teaching (Primary)
Member, SOE Teaching and Learning Committee
Review Board Member, English Teaching: Practice & Critique


PhD (Syd), GradDipTeach TESL (SACAE/UniSA), BEd Hons 1 (Syd)


PETAA - Primary English Teaching Association Australia
- Australian Literacy Educators' Association
- Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association

Teaching Areas

Unit Coordinator and lecturer:

EDEE 312           Text, Grammar and Writing in the Primary School
EDEE 329           English 2: Language and Literacy Development
EDEE 520           Image, Text and Contemporary Culture
EDEE 528           Advanced Study of Literacy Issues in Education

Research Interests

  • Language & literacy development (L1, L2/EAL)
  • Literacy pedagogy and assessment
  • Classroom interaction and discourse analysis
  • Multimodal representations of curriculum knowledge
  • Image-language interaction in multimodal texts
  • Reading in hypertext/online environments
  • Social semiotics and systemic-functional linguistics in education


Blass, E., Chan, E., Feez, S., Clary, D., Zhang, Z., Morgan, A.-M., & Hathaway, T. (2013). Use of interactive media in English language teaching at a distance: Impact on pedagogy, practice and outcomes. Interactive whiteboard technology enabling distance interaction in the English Language Centre classrooms.  Teaching and Learning Support and School of Education (Centre for Research in English and Multiliteracies Education): DVCR Major Equipment Grants, UNE ($37,215.50).

Chan, E. (2012-2014). Enhancing students' reading of multimodal texts in online environments. UNE University Research Seed Grant ($12,000).

Tobias, S., Feez, S., Chan, E., & de Silva Joyce, H. (2012-2014). UNE School of Education - Pre-Service teacher education literacy, numeracy and ICT survey.  School of Education: UNE SAF ($30,000).

Chan, E. (2011). Mapping the community-based literacy practices of young mothers with pre-school children - a pilot study.  School of Education Internal Research Grant ($4,000).

Chan, E. (2010). Specialised literacy demands of multimodal and digital texts. School of Education Internal Research Grant ($4,000).



Kalantzis, M., Cope, W., Chan, E., & Dalley-Trim, L. (2016). Literacies (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book chapters

Chan, E. (2016). Composing informative multimodal texts. In L. Tan & K. Zammit (Eds.), Teaching writing and representing in the primary school years (pp. 84-106). Melbourne: Pearson.

Chan, E., & Zhang, Z. (2016, in press). Teaching reading through multimodal texts. In H. P. Widodo, A. Wood, D. Gupta, & W. Cheng (Eds.), Asian English language classrooms: Where theory and practice meet: Routledge (Taylor & Francis).

Freebody, P., Barton, G., & Chan, E.(2014). Literacy education: 'About being in the world'. In C. Leung & B. V. Street (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to English Studies (pp. 419-434). London: Routledge.

Freebody, P., Chan, E., & Barton, G. (2013). Literacy and curriculum: Language and knowledge in the classroom. In K. Hall, T. Cremin, B. Comber & L. Moll (Eds.), International handbook of research in children's literacy, learning and culture (pp.304-318). Maiden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell.

Chan, E. (2011).  Integrating visual and verbal meaning in multimodal text comprehension: Towards a model of inter-modal relations.  In S. Dreyfus, M. Stenglin, & S. Hood (Eds.), Semiotic margins: Meaning in multimodalities (pp.144-167).  London: Continuum.

Journal articles

Van Rooy, W. S., & Chan, E. (2016). Multimodal representations in senior biology sssessments: A case study of NSW Australia. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 1-20. doi:10.1007/s10763-016-9741-y

de Silva Joyce, H., Feez, S., Chan, E., & Tobias, S. (2014). Investigating the literacy, numeracy and ICT demands of primary teacher education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(9), 111-129. doi: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n9.9

Chan, E., & Unsworth, L. (2011). Image-language interaction in online reading environments: Challenges for students' reading comprehension. The Australian Educational Researcher, 38(2), 181-202. doi: 10.1007/s13384-011-0023-y

Unsworth, L., & Chan, E. (2009). Bridging multimodal literacies and national assessment programs in literacy.  Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 32(3), 245-257. Available at http://alea.edu.au/site-content/publications/AJLL article Oct 09.pdf.

Unsworth, L., & Chan, E. (2008).  Assessing integrative reading of images and text in group reading comprehension tests. Curriculum Perspectives, 28(3), 71-76.

Conference proceedings

Chan, E. (2015, January). Analysing students’ reading of online multimodal texts. Paper presented at the MODE Conference Multimodality: Methodological Explorations Institute of Education, University of London, 15-16 Jan 2015 http://www.ioe.ac.uk/103160.html

Van Rooy, W., &  Chan, E. (2009).  Transforming knowledge and learning through technologies and modalities: New forms of assessment [VAN081043].  In The Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2008 Papers Collection (Proceedings) [Online]. http://www.aare.edu.au/08pap/abs08.htm.

Hedberg, J., Van Bergen, P., Freebody, P., Nichols, K., Van Rooy, W., Barton, G., & Chan, E.(2008). Transforming through technologies the modalities of learning: New Life Sciences in secondary schooling. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 (pp. 6322-6330). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Conference presentations – invited papers

Chan, E. (2012, April).Multimodal literacies in group tests and subject area assessments.   Keynote for the 47th SEAMEO Regional English Language Centre (RELC) International Seminar. Multiliteracies: Theory, Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment.  Singapore,16th-18th April 2012. [Invited plenary]

Chan, E. (2012, April).Image and language in test materials.  Workshop for the 47th SEAMEO Regional English Language Centre (RELC) International Seminar. Multiliteracies: Theory, Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment.  Singapore, 16th-18th April 2012. [Invited workshop]

Chan, E. (2012, April).Multiliteracies and assessment: Multimodality in group tests and subject area assessments.  Keynote for the Chulalongkorn University Language Institute (CULI) Post-RELC Seminar Multiliteracies in Language Education. Twin Towers Hotel, Bangkok,19-20 April 2012. [Invited keynote]

Chan, E. (2011, September). Evolving disciplinary knowledge and curriculum literacies: Translating new knowledge into 'languages' of the biology classroom. Paper presented at the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association National Conference. Language, Knowledge & Justice: New Contexts, New Questions. University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 21-23 September 2011. [Invited Keynote]

Other key presentations – international conferences

Van Rooy, W. and Chan, E. (2014, March). Multimodal representations in Senior Biology assessments: Twelve years of public examinations in NSW Australia.  Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) 2014 Annual International Conference, Awakening dialogues - Advancing Science Education Research Practices and Policies.  March 30 - April 2, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA USA.

Chan, E. (2010, December). Transformations and transductions across modes of representation and communication in the new life sciences.  Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference on Multimodality (5ICOM), University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), 1-3 December 2010.

Chan, E. (2009, April). Image-language interactionin online reading environments: Challenges for students' reading comprehension.  Paper presented at the 44thRELC International Seminar The Impact of Technology on Language Learning and Teaching: What, How and Why. Singapore, 20 – 22 April 2009.

Van Bergen, P., Chan, E., Freebody, P., Hedberg, J., Nichols, K., Van Rooy, W., & Barton, G. (2008, June).  Digital and multimodal representations of 'New Life Science' concepts in Australian science classrooms'. Paper presented at the International Conference on Multimodality and Learning: New Perspectives on Knowledge, Representation and Communication.Institute of Education, University of London, 19-20 June 2008.

Chan, E. (2006, July).  Dialogue and evolving meaning potential: Mapping patterns of semogenesis in classroom discourse. Paper presented at the 18th Euro-International Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop, Systemic-functional linguistics at the frontier: Thresholds and potentialities of SFL as descriptive theory. University of Trieste, Gorizia, Italy, 19-22 July 2006.

Research Supervision Experience

Ani Rakhmawati (PhD) (conferred October 2014)
Rhetorical transfer: A study of research articles written by Indonesian and English academics in their first and second languages
(Supervisors: Dr Liz Ellis, Dr Eveline Chan, A/Prof. Nick Reid, Dr Yazid Basthomi)

Thu Thi Bich Ngo (PhD) (conferred October 2014)
A comparison of linguistic resources for evaluation in English and Vietnamese conversations: An exploratory study
(Supervisors: Prof. Len Unsworth; Dr Eveline Chan, Dr Susan Feez)

Ann Daly (PhD) (conferred 30 March 2012)
Multimodal literacy assessment: Reading strategies and spoken language  
(Supervisors: Prof. Len Unsworth; Dr Eveline Chan, Dr Susan Feez)

Hajar Alharthi (PhD candidate)
Examining a genre-based approach to the teaching of English writing: A case study in Saudi high schools
(Supervisors: A/Prof. Mary Macken-Horarik; Dr Eveline Chan)

Annemaree O'Brien (PhD candidate)
Teaching multimodal authoring in the middle years
(Supervisors: Prof. Len Unsworth; Dr Eveline Chan)

Lindall Watson (PhD candidate)
Popular culture and preschoolers' development of new literacies and learning dispositions(Supervisors: Prof. Len Unsworth; Dr Eveline Chan)

Lindsay Williams (PhD candidate)
Nurturing affiliation: The multimodal, interpersonal work of stand-up comedians
(Supervisors: Dr Eveline Chan, Dr Thu Ngo)