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Rachel Bower

Rachel Bower

Senior Lecturer

Summary

Having specialised in French, German, international marketing and international contract law in my first degree, my first career was in international sales and marketing, where I utilised my language skills on a daily basis to secure sales, develop the company brand, and organise the company's presence at overseas exhibitions. I then launched my own languages consultancy business offering bespoke language support to international companies and SMEs, including translation and interpreting

Having made the transition into education, I have worked in a range of contexts, my most recent role being national lead for the Labour government's National Teaching and Learning Change Programme, which aimed to improve teaching and learning in a range of curriculum areas across the post 16 sector. Our regional and national events enabled language teachers to share best practice, and to develop new skills, including coaching skills to enable their colleagues to continue to improve language teaching and learning in their institution.

I bring a dynamic and enthusiastic teaching style to classroom activities, developing each student's confidence to reach their potential in language study. I was awarded the Sheffield Business School Teaching Excellence award in 2011, and the Sheffield Business School Faculty Inspirational Teacher Award in 2015. My students have nominated me as an inspirational teacher every year between 2012 and 2017. I was nominated for providing outstanding student support in 2015 and 2017.

My research areas include listening strategies in the target language, and autonomous learning and employability skills in linguists, for which I was made a Fellow of the Centre for Excellence in Professional Placement Learning at the University of Plymouth, and the Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy at Sheffield Hallam University. My current research focusses on the development of intercultural competencies in both specialist and non-specialist linguists. In 2016 I have begun studying an MRes Business to further develop my capabilities and outputs in Qualitative Research.

Above all, I am passionate about language learning and the unique skills which linguist brings to the workplace. I am currently researching the development of intercultural competencies in both specialist and non-specialist language learners.

My teaching expertise for both UK and international students includes listening in the target language, experiential learning in real-life scenarios of languages in the workplace, developing speaking confidence in the target language, and job application and interview skills in the target language.

  • About

    Qualifications

    • 2012: Master of Arts, Languages Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 1999: Professional Qualification - Languages Studies - Certificate in TESOL, Trinity College, London, United Kingdom
    • 1997: Post Graduate Certificate in Education - French and German - Qualified Teacher Status, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
    • 1995: Post Graduate Certificate in Education TESOL, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 1989: Bachelor of Arts Office Communication and Languages, Lancashire Polytechnic, United Kingdom
    • 2016 to date: MRes Business Qualitative Research 1 and Qualitative Research 2 modules, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    Industry Projects

    L6 Consultancy projects

    • 2016: module leader, Wow Nuts, United Kingdom

    Senior Lecturer

    Teaching expertise

    • Cultural Studies
    • English as a Second Language
    • Intercultural Competence
    • Languages Studies
    • Quality

    Research

    • International Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship

    Industry Links

    • Developing student projects
    • Partnership development

  • Teaching

    Dept Of Management

    Sheffield Business School

    Languages Studies

    2008 to present: Français juridique, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    2008 to present: Specialist French UG, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    2006 to present: Business Skills in Context & Study and Research Skills for Business, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    2006 to 2008: University Language Scheme, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

  • Publications

    Case study: Bower, R. (2010), 'Developing a student-centred placement preparation framework', Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy, pp. 15-25

    Conference Paper: RACHEL BOWER, R. (2015), 'The perception of 'value' in the 'student experience' in the new HE fee regime: a discourse analysis of non-specialist language learners'. Paper presented at Negotiating Recent Reform in Higher Education: the question of Student Engagement Symposium

    Conference Paper: TAYLOR, C. Nortcliffe, A. BLACKBURN, M. Middleton, A. BOWER, R. Day, P. (2014), 'Audio Feedback Co Lab Presentation workshop'. Paper presented at Sheffield Hallam University Learning & Teaching Conference

    Conference Paper: Bower, R. (2014), 'Developing learning autonomy through formative audio feedback'. Paper presented at Paper to Sheffield Hallam University Learning, Teaching and Assessment Conference

    Conference Paper: Bower, R. (2013), 'Languages & Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Hallam University'. Paper presented at Higher Education Academy Languages & Entrepreneurship Conference

    Conference Paper: Bower, R. (2013), 'International Work Placements'. Paper presented at Paper presented at the Sheffield Hallam University Placement Good Practice Case Study Conference

    Conference Paper: Bower, R. (2013), 'Careers for Global Graduates'. Paper presented at Debate panel member at the British Academy Born Global conference

    Conference Paper: Bower, R. (2012), 'Enhancing students' employability through foreign study and work placements'. Paper presented at presented at Sheffield Hallam University Placement Conference

    Conference Paper: Bower, R. (2012), 'Developing the Global Graduate'. Paper presented at Presenter at the British Council Developing the Global Graduate conference

    Conference Paper: Bower, R. (2010), 'Maximising employability skills and enhancing the learner experience through the placement period for undergraduates on placement in French-speaking countries'. Paper presented at CEPPL Transforming Learners, Transforming Lives Conference, Plymouth

    Conference Speaker: Bower, R. Scheule, M. Lopez-Moreno, C. (2010), 'Developing a student-centred placement preparation framework', in Enquiry, Autonomy & Graduateness Conference, Centre for the Promotion of Learner Autonomy, Sheffield Hallam University

  • Other activities

    Award

    • 2017: Sheffield Hallam University Inspirational Teaching Award Nominee, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2017: Sheffield Hallam University Outstanding Student Support Nominee, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2016: Sheffield Hallam University Inspirational Teacher nominee 2016, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2015: Sheffield Business School Inspirational Teaching Award 2015 Faculty Winner, Sheffield Business School, United Kingdom
    • 2015: Sheffield Hallam University Outstanding Student Support nominee 2015, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2014: Sheffield Hallam University Inspirational Teacher nominee, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2013: Sheffield Hallam University Inspirational Teacher nominee, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2012: Sheffield Hallam University Inspirational Teacher nominee, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2012: Sheffield Business School Teaching Excellence Award Winner 2011, Sheffield Business School, United Kingdom

    HEA fellow or senior fellow

    • 2014: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom

    Research funding or grant

    • 2010: Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2009: Centre for Excellence In Professional Placement Learning Innovations Fund Scheme, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

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