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Aviva Freedman

Professor Emeritus (Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies)

Degrees:B.A. (McGill), M.A. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Montreal)

Research Interests

  • academic and workplace discourse
  • situated learning and distributed cognition
  • varieties of literacy practices (and implicit cognitive processes)
  • acquisition and development of writing abilities
  • social and cultural construction of genre.

Recent Publications


Rhetorical Genres Studies and Beyond. Edited with Natasha Artemeva. Winnipeg, MA, Canada: Inkshed Publications, 2006.

Worlds Apart: Acting and Writing in Academic and Workplace Genres . Mawah NJ; Lawrence Erlbaum, 1999. (with Patrick Dias, Peter Medway, Anthony Pare.)

Learning and Teaching Genre. Edited with Peter Medway. Portsmouth NH: Boynton/Cook HEINEMANN, 1994.

Genre in the New Rhetoric. Edited with Peter Medway. London: Taylor & Francis, 1995.

Reinventing the Rhetorical Tradition. Edited with Ian Pringle. Akron, Ohio: L&S Books, 1980, 197 pp.

Learning to Write: First Language/Second Language . Edited with Ian Pringle and Janice Yalden. London: Longman, 1983, 295 pp.


  • 3M National Teaching Award, 1997.
  • Research Achievement Award, 1991-92
  • Teaching and Learning Fellowship, Carleton, 1995-1998.
  • Visiting Scholar to Hebrew University, Israel; Monash University, Australia