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 pilot with the IFUM Lorraine. Kim's research in learner motivation, teacher pedagogies and interdisciplinary language learning 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. She currently leads the development of subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses and the NQT Engagement Strategy across the teacher education department partnership of schools. Kim was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship in 2017 and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
As principal lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, Kim has held the posts of Quality Lead, (leading preparation for Ofsted inspection), and Subject Knowledge Enhancement Lead in Teacher Education, where she contributes to initial teacher education, Masters and doctoral programmes.
Kim was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for her work in curriculum innovation and widening participation to higher education. Her courses are consistently recognised for outstanding high quality of provision, teaching, learner outcomes and satisfaction. A key principle in the programmes that she has developed is the empowering of trainees and teachers to motivate their learners to love languages and to develop a deep intercultural awareness. These principals also underpin her research in learner motivation and interdisciplinary language learning. She established and works with a network of international scholars and practitioners working in these fields and chairs a bi-annual SIOE/ALL international conference for interdisciplinary learning.
Roles (Academic and Research):
Subject Knowledge Enhancement Lead
NQT Engagement Strategy lead
SHU Lead for National Modern Languages SCITT
Supervisor on masters and doctoral programmes
Paper in a Year Programme Teacher Education Lead
Chair of biannual international interdisciplinary language learning for Anglophone countries SIOE/ALL conference
Chair second language acquisition SIG
Coordinator Sheffield Hallam network of National Teaching Fellows
Areas of Interest:
Learner motivation; plurilingual learning; teacher pedagogies; interdisciplinary learning; Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in predominantly Anglophone contexts; cross-disciplinary networks; national subject specific ITE programmes; beginning and early career teacher identity; Early Years digital literacy; mentoring; assessment
Department of Teacher Education
Social Sciences and Humanities
Subject Knowledge Enhancement
PGCE National ML SCITT
Masters in Education
Paper in a Year programme
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in predominantly Anglophone contexts
The development of a national subject specific ITE programme
Early Years digital literacy
Beginning and early career teacher identities.
Bower, K. (2019). School Leaders' Perspectives on Content and Language Integrated Learning in England. Language, Culture and Curriculum. http://doi.org/10.1080/07908318.2019.1667367
Bower, K. (2017). Explaining motivation in language learning: a framework for evaluation and research. Language Learning Journal. http://doi.org/10.1080/09571736.2017.1321035
Bower, K. (2017). 'Speaking French alive': learner perspectives on their motivation in Content and Language Integrated Learning in England. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 1-16. http://doi.org/10.1080/17501229.2017.1314483
Perry, E., Owen, D., Booth, J., & Bower, K. (2019). The Curriculum for Initial Teacher Education: Literature Review. Ofsted.
International steering group Interdisciplinary Language Learning for Anglophone countries
Reviewer for Advance HE National Teaching Fellowship awards
Reviewer for academic journals and Cambridge University and Routledge Education book proposals
Peer Review College member for Teaching Excellence Alliance (part of the University Alliance)
National Centre for CLIL Advisory Board member
Instigator and chair for CLIL Centre of Excellence at Sheffield Hallam University
External Advisor for joint UG MFL with QTS programme Liverpool John Moores and Liverpool universities
National Steering Committee FLAME (Association for Language Learning CLIL committee)
ALL S Yorkshire Regional Hub Steering Committee
Current Doctoral Researchers: