Professor Debra Kelly

London Co-Director

Debra Kelly is Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Westminster, London. She carried out both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of London, firstly at Queen Mary (BA Hons European Studies), and then at Birkbeck College (MA, PhD French Studies). She has taught in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Westminster since 1992, and was made Professor of French and Francophone Literary and Cultural Studies in 2003. In 2005 she was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government in recognition of her services to French language, literature and culture.

In addition to her role as Director of the Network for Languages London which provides professional development and support for all those working in the languages community across primary, secondary and further education institutions, she is also Co-Director of Routes into Languages London which supports and encourages language learners from primary through to higher education. In 2016 she became Deputy Director of the flagship Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Open World Research Initiative Project ‘Language Acts and Worldmaking’ led by King’s College London for which she also co-leads the ‘Language Transitions’ research strand. This takes a research-informed approach to the practical aspects of learning and teaching modern foreign languages and cultures, targeting transitions—those border zones of learning between stages that have become more of a hindrance than a stepping stone for so many language learners.

Domini Stone

London Co-Director

Domini is the Network for Languages London Co-Director and manages a programme of CPD for primary and secondary language teachers. Domini was educated at the University of Leeds (BA German Language and Literature and PGCE Secondary German and TESOL) from 1995-1999. Domini went on to teach German and French in West Yorkshire at Key Stages 3-5, progressing to the role of Head of German at Dixons City Academy, Bradford. From there, she went on to train English language teachers in a rural province of South Vietnam, as part of a Voluntary Services Overseas programme, in how to use a more communicative approach to teach languages. On returning to the UK, she took up the position of Area Manager for Kumon Educational, an after-school supplementary education provider for three years, which saw her offering support and guidance to teachers running their own maths and English study centres across North London, primarily helping children to develop their maths, literacy, self-learning and study skills. Since 2009, Domini has worked at the University of Westminster and was the Network for Languages London Manager from 2011 onwards, having previously worked under the Links into Languages programme. Domini has been project manager for both the LSEF and the LSEF Legacy Projects, ‘Professional Language Networks,’ supported by the Mayor of London, and enjoys supporting language teachers and schools in the London region.