Professor Kim Bower 
ALL President (2020-2022)

Kim is a principal lecturer at the Sheffield Institute of Education, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She is an experienced lecturer and researcher in the field of languages and teacher education and an expert in CLIL.

Her career as an initial teacher trainer started in 2000 at Hull University. Prior to this, Kim taught French and German for 16 years leading exchanges and residential visits as well as a number of national curriculum projects. 

In her current role she has established a community of academics and practitioners of CLIL in Anglophone countries and is the conference chair of the Biennial International CLIL conferences hosted in June 2017 and June 2019 at Sheffield Institute of Education.

Yvonne Foley

Yvonne has taught for over 25 years in Taiwan and across the UK. She has worked as an EAL teacher and EAL Coordinator in the American schooling system before moving back to the UK in 2005 to take up the position as a teacher educator at the University of Edinburgh. Yvonne teaches on a range of postgraduate teacher education programmes where the focus of her teaching is influenced by a drive for social justice in language education.

Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of Language, Literacies and Teacher Education in order to promote social, cultural and linguistic inclusion. She is interested in the ways that critical approaches to literacies can be implemented in classroom practices to promote an understanding around the fact that there is more than one language, history, culture, identity , geography and ideology across the world. She very much enjoys working with both pre and in-service teachers to explore how to develop professional identities and practices can recognise and respond to the learning needs of all pupils, particularly those from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. She is the Chair of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, and currently Directs the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland.

Michael Wardle

Michael Wardle is one of her majesty’s inspectors and subject lead for languages for Ofsted. Before working with Ofsted, he was headteacher at a large, successful 11-18 school in Durham city, which had previously been designated a language college. Prior to headship, he held a variety of positions including officer for modern languages in Durham LA. In the past he coordinated CPD across the North-east of England under the banner of Comenius (an outreach arm for the then CILT, the National Centre for Languages), and wrote training materials for CILT on primary upskilling and vocational programmes 16-19. He has authored German and French textbooks, acted as editor for ALL French language journal Francophonie and more recently advised the Department for Education around some of the practicalities around staffing MFL for the English Baccalaureate as ‘policy fellow’. 

Michael inspected schools for over ten years while working in schools, and has experience working with primary, secondary, special schools of all types, and alternative provisions, including PRUs. He also leads local area SEND inspections. Michael holds a doctorate in education. 

Professor Li Wei

Li Wei is Director and Dean of the UCL Institute of Education at University College London (UCL), where he also holds the Chair of Applied Linguistics. His research covers many different aspects of bilingualism and multilingualism, including the acquisition of multiple languages in childhood, family language policy, education policy and practice regarding bilingual and multilingual learners of minoritized and transnational backgrounds, and the cognitive benefits of language learning. He is co/author of over 20 books and edited collections and over 130 journal articles and book chapters. His current journal editorships include the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and the Applied Linguistics Review. He founded the biennial International Symposium on Bilingualism in 1997 and was founding editor of a number of international journals including International Journal of Bilingualism, Chinese Language and Discourse, Global Chinese, Educational Linguistics and Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. He has won the British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Prize twice, for the Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism (with Melissa Moyer) and Translanguaging: Language, Bilingualism and Education (with Ofelia Garcia). He is a fellow of the British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, UK, and Academia Europaea. His previous posts include Pro-Vice-Master (Research and Postgraduate Studies) at Birkbeck, and Head of the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. 

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