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Professor Kim Bower BA Hons, PGCE, DipEd, MEd, PhD, NFT, PFHEA

Professor of Innovation in Languages Education


Summary

Professor Kim Bower holds a chair in Innovation in Languages Education at the Sheffield Institute of Education and is President of the Association for Language Learning. She is currently part of the ADiBE research project, a 3-Year European CLIL project in multilingual classrooms. Kim 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. Kim was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship in 2017 and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

About

As Professor of Innovation in Languages Education at the Sheffield Institute of Education, Kim contributes to initial teacher education, Masters and Doctoral programmes and is President of the Association for Language Learning.

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.

Principal Lecturer

Roles (Academic and Research):

Teacher Educator

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


Teaching

Department of Teacher Education , Sheffield Institute of Education

Social Sciences and Arts

Professor

Roles (Academic and Research):

Teacher Educator

French Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course Leader 

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


Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Masters in Education

Paper in a Year programme

Doctoral supervision


Research

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.



ADiBE research project, a 3-Year European CLIL project in multilingual classrooms focussing on addressing diversity.

Lab4Living - structured writing programme lead.

Publications

Journal articles

Daniels, K., Burnett, C., Bower, K., Escott, H., Ehiyazaryan-White, E., Hatton, A., & Monkhouse, J. (2019). Early years teachers and digital literacies: Navigatinga kaleidoscope of discourses. Education and Information Technologies, 25 (4), 2415-2426. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-019-10047-9

Daniels, K., Burnett, C., Bower, K., Escott, H., Hatton, A., Ehiyazaryan-White, E., & Monkhouse, G. (2019). Early years teachers and digital literacies: Navigating a kaleidoscope of discourses. Education and Information Technologies, 25, 2415-2426. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10639-019-10047-9

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

Coyle, D., Bower, K., Foley, Y., & Hancock, J. (n.d.). Teachers as Designers of Learning in Diverse Bilingual Classrooms in England: An ADIBE Case Study. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. http://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2021.1989373

Book chapters

Bower, K. (2021). Content and Language Integrated Learning in England: Missed Opportunities and Ways Forward. In Language Learning in Anglophone Countries. (pp. 267-287). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-56654-8_14

Books

Bower, K., Coyle, D., Cross, R., & Chambers, G.N. (Eds.). (2020). Curriculum Integrated Language Teaching: CLIL in Practice. Cambridge University Press. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/curriculum-integrated-language-teaching/A773B73FD107ECC0E7438665CD5758E9

Reports

Perry, E., Owen, D., Booth, J., & Bower, K. (2019). The Curriculum for Initial Teacher Education: Literature Review. Ofsted.

Other activities

International steering group Interdisciplinary Language Learning for Anglophone countries

Chair biannual CLIL conference

ADiBE 3-Year Research project addressing diversity in CLIL

Reviewer for Advance HE National Teaching Fellowship awards

Reviewer for academic journals and Cambridge University and Routledge Education book proposals

Language through Learning Advisory Board

British Council Language Trends Advisory Group

National Steering Committee CLIL Special Interest Group Association for Language Learning

ALL South Yorkshire Regional Hub Steering Committee

Postgraduate supervision

Bilingual Education, Content and Language Integrated Learning, Interdisciplinary Language Learning, EAL, Learner Motivation, Teacher pedagogies, Combining Pedagogies, Beginning and Early Career Teacher Identities, Early Researcher Career Development, Career.

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