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Kim Bower

Dr Kim Bower BA Hons, PGCE, DipEd, MEd, PhD

Principal Lecturer - Subject Knowledge Enhancement


My role involves leading on Subject Knowledge Enhancement in Teacher Education.

  • About

    I enjoyed teaching French and German in the secondary sector for a number of years, managing MFL faculties in two large comprehensive schools. I became a member of the senior management team in a secondary school before moving to a lecturing position at the University of Hull in 2000. As course leader for MFL, I developed and ran the MFL Secondary PGCE for 14 years before moving to Sheffield Hallam University to take up the post of Quality Lead in Teacher Education, where I've continued contributing to the MFL secondary ITE programme.

    As programme Director for MFL SKE programmes in Hull, I developed French Extension Courses, renamed SKE programmes, with the then Teacher Training Agency (TTA), from their conception as a member of the specification working party, to the National Pilot and subsequently developing the ongoing course in Hull. I facilitated training at regional and national events when the DCSF adopted the course nationally. These courses enable ITE providers to accept graduate linguists with languages other than French for teacher training, providing them with enough French to supplement their main language and thereby access school placements.

    I also enjoyed directing a CLIL bilingual exchange national pilot with the IFUM Lorraine in France and being a member of the bi-national steering committee, enabling MFL trainees to spend a month of their placement teaching in a French school. Since joining Sheffield Hallam University I've been involved in cross phase development of approaches and documentation with our partnership schools.

    As a linguist I am passionate about all aspects of teaching and training others to teach modern languages. I've also enjoyed supervising higher degrees in my specialist areas. Having recently been awarded my PhD, I'm very aware of the issues higher degree students face.

  • Teaching

    Department of Teacher Education

    Development and Society

    My specialisms in teaching and research include CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), immersion teaching, secondary education, mentoring, the progress and perceptions of trainee and NQTs and Educational Policy. I have given conference talks at CILT and ALL national events, the most recent being the national ALL summer conference for MFL PGCE tutors and a major talk at Language World 2014, entitled 'Speaking French Alive' based on implications from my PhD findings for the teaching of MFL in schools in England.

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    I've been a member of the Association for Language Learning (ALL) since teaching French and German in school. I joined the steering group for FLAME (ALL) in 2016.  In order to prepare trainee teachers effectively for Ofsted inspections, I undertook the training and became an Additional Inspector for Section 5 inspections in 2008, and subsequently an Ofsted Inspector for section 5 and ITE. I was consultant to East Riding County Council Adult Education 2006-2008, where I worked with the MFL department to introduce a successful peer mentoring scheme for tutors in order to improve the quality of training.

    I held the posts of external examiner for Sheffield Hallam University Secondary MFL PGCE and Primary MFL modules from 2004 -2010 and for the Modern Language Secondary PGCE for Manchester Metropolitan University from 2010-2013

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