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Kim Bower

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

Principal Lecturer - Subject Knowledge Enhancement Lead


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.

  • About

    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.

    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

    Social Sciences and Arts

    Subject Knowledge Enhancement

    PGCE National ML SCITT

    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.

  • 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.

    Bower, K. (2019). School Leaders' Perspectives on Content and Language Integrated Learning in England. Language, Culture and Curriculum.

    Bower, K. (2017). Explaining motivation in language learning: a framework for evaluation and research. Language Learning Journal.

    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.


    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

    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

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Current Doctoral Researchers:

    Michela Measso

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