On behalf of the Management Board and the Trustees, I am delighted to announce that Dr Kim Bower will take up her role as President Elect in September 2019.
Kim is a principal lecturer at the Sheffield Institute of Education, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Eduction 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 Univeristy. Prior to this, Kim taught French and German for 16 years. During her time as a secondary language teacher and senior leader, she was involved in running exchanges and residential visits as well as a number of national curriculum projects. For instance, in 1990 Kim was seconded to undertake an Action Research project on the Natioanl Curriculum and MFL. Kim led two national pilots and innovations in MFL teacher education: French Extension Courses, which became known as subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses and the secondary Anglo-French bilateral exchange pilot for the Teaching and Development Agency (TDA). This CLIL pilot established a 4-week exchange of trainees between IUFM Nancy and the University of Hull. Kim sat on the international bilateral steering committee for two years. 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.
As President elect, Kim will be a member of the Management Board and will then take over as ALL President from Jane Harvey in September 2020. At this point, she will also become the chair of the ALL Council.
We are extremely grateful to Kim for stepping up to this voluntary role and to make a significant contribution to the governance of the association. I know that you as ALL members, the wider language community and our partners will join me in congratulating Kim on her appointment to this role.
With warmest wishes,
ALL Chair of Board of Trustees