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Kim Bower

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

    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.



  • 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.

    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

    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

    Other Activities

    International steering group Interdisciplinary Language Learning for Anglophone countries

    Chair biannual CLIL conference

    ADiBE 3-Year CLIL Research project 

    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

    Current Doctoral Researchers

    Michela Measso




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