Dr Kim Bower is recognised as a curriculum innovator in modern languages teacher education. She made national, substantive contributions in the leadership of two successful programmes for the government: the development of intensive modern language courses – subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses and the Anglo-French Bilateral Exchange Programme bi-national CLIL programme with the IFUM Lorraine. […]

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Dr Kim Bower is recognised as a curriculum innovator in modern languages teacher education. She made national, substantive contributions in the leadership of two successful programmes for the government: the development of intensive modern language courses – subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses and the Anglo-French Bilateral Exchange Programme bi-national CLIL programme with the IFUM Lorraine.  Kim’s research in CLIL and interdisciplinary language learning, learner motivation and teacher pedagogies, has led to the development of an international network in Anglophone countries, supervision on higher degree programmes, as well as numerous speaking and keynote engagements.  Kim was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship in 2017 and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  As part of her National Teaching Fellowship award, Kim is a Visiting Scholar to the University of Melbourne in the autumn of 2018.  She is visiting a number of CLIL projects in Victoria, Sydney and Brisbane and will be sharing her experiences of the similarities and differences of CLIL in the UK and Australia with us on 14 March.

Following Kim’s talk, Michela Measso will present her research study exploring the impact of CLIL implementation with different target languages on Key Stage 2 (KS2) pupils’ motivation in England, as well as the progress to date. After several years of working as a modern foreign language specialist teacher in primary schools in Italy, Michela was appointed as a language and culture teacher in England, by the Italian Foreign Office. She also worked as a teacher trainer for the Italian Consulate in London and presented at several conferences for MFL teachers, reporting on her experiences as a CLIL practitioner. After completing an Action Research module, as part of the Network for Languages LSEF Project, she was motivated to complete an MA TESOL, at the University of Westminster.  Michela is now undertaking doctoral research into CLIL and motivation at Sheffield Hallam University.