I began my career in Spain as a Secondary Modern Languages teacher after I graduated from the University of Seville in Spain. I moved to thee UK in 1989 and worked in a range of Wirral and Knowsley Secondary schools, both in a pastoral role and as Head of Spanish in the Modern Languages Department of two large Comprehensive schools. In 2001, I worked closely with primary schools, introducing and developing primary languages. I joined Liverpool Hope University in 2001: initially to support the PGCE Secondary MFL course. Since Modern Languages provision within the Education Faculty at Liverpool Hope has expanded and both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Primary QTS students now receive MFL modules as a compulsory part of their training, I have also been involved in these courses. A unique feature of this new provision is the recruitment of 50 PGCE primary languages specialists each year, across 4 languages, who spend one of their school based experiences teaching in a primary school in France, Spain, Germany or Italy. An OFSTED inspection of this specialist provision, described the training as 'outstanding'.
Research Interests: I am involved in a Comenius 2.1 project, working in partnership with the Universities of Venice, Krakow, Sevilla, and Berlin. The focus of the research is on developing training materials for Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in primary ITE. I am also engaged in a Comenius Regio Partnerships with Castilla León and Sefton Local Authority. The focus of this project is to support the learning of English and Spanish as Foreign Languages in the schools of Castilla y León and Sefton. This language learning will be based upon a cross curricular approach in which subject content and language learning are integrated. I am working with Liverpool Local Authority and the TDA in a 10 Schools Link Project. The project aims to give pace to the British Government's programme for teaching and learning foreign languages at Key Stage 2 in primary schools in England. It will give opportunities to in-service class-teachers to establish links with schools in Seville which host Liverpool Hope Primary trainees while on their four week placement abroad as part of their specialisation to teach primary languages in England. Other research interests include: the impact of a placement abroad on reflective practice and teacher identity; improving cross-phase transition in Modern Languages.