Introducing: New CPD Teacher Educator for CLERA

Welcome to Jacquie Harding who has just joined CLERA and Networks for Languages as the new CPD Teacher Educator for Modern Foreign Languages.

Jacquie was born and bred in Birmingham so, as she says, “I’m a local lass.” She holds a B.A. Hons degree in French and Hispanic Studies from the University of Nottingham and a MSc in TESOL from Aston University. The moment she obtained her Honours degree, she moved to Madrid where she lived until very recently.  During that time she gained experience in English language teaching where she taught all the CEFR levels and ages.

In 2005 she started to work as a Teacher Trainer for Cambridge University Press, Iberia where she learnt about the latest methodologies and publications. She has delivered teacher training workshops and presentations in schools, at Cambridge events and at ELT conferences.  She’s also been involved in the setting up, development and execution of a Teacher Training Services project called The Cambridge Toolbox – www.thecambridgetoolbox.org.  Jacquie is particularly interested in course book and classroom materials; the speaking skill; development of vocabulary; motivation; new technologies and CLIL.

Her principle objective as CPD Teacher Trainer at Aston is to organise and deliver a programme of Continuing Professional Development to teachers of languages in the primary, secondary and further/higher education sectors.

CLERA already has two CPD events planned for 2013. The first is a practical workshop on 9th January on the use of digital video in the Modern Languages classroom and a workshop on 11th June outlining the benefits of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in MFL degrees in UK Higher Education. For more information, please click here.

Jacquie welcomes suggestions and requests for further CPD events in the field of language education. Please feel free to contact her at j.harding@aston.ac.uk  with any ideas you wish to discuss.

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