Bernardette is recognized as an innovative and inspiring teacher, who throughout a long career in languages, as adviser, inspector, teacher trainer and researcher, has made a major contribution to languages education in England. She is currently advising the government on curriculum reform for modern languages and is drafter of the new GCSE criteria for both modern and ancient languages. She is lead researcher of Born Global, a major policy research project, funded by the British Academy, engaging key stakeholders from employment and education in a radical rethinking of languages education for 21st century Britain. Bernardette is also Campaign Director of Speak to the Future, a national campaign to advance language capability in the UK, and Past President of the Association for Language Learning, the largest professional association for teachers of languages. During the National Strategy, Bernardette played a central role in articulating both the pedagogy and support structures needed for coherent language learning in primary and secondary schools. She has international experience in language policy profiling as a member of an expert panel for the Council of Europe and through research and development of Content and Language Integrated Learning. Her research interests include CLIL, applied use of the target language for academic purposes, assessment, communicative grammar and languages for all. Bernardette is a Bye-Fellow of Downing College, University of Cambridge.
Clare has degrees in English Literature and Language from the Universities of Manchester and London, a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and an LLM from the University of London. She teaches academic English at the University of Cambridge Language Centre, and has designed and taught modules on business English for Cambridge's Judge Business School. As the founder of Doris and Bertie Ltd, a team of business writing experts, Clare provides coaching, training and consultancy to a variety of organisations. Her clients include major financial firms, international regulators, and household names in the energy and tech sectors. Clare has recently branched out into online learning, designing and publishing business writing courses for Udemy.
Karen’s background is in German Language and Literature. She studied at the universities of St. Andrews (M.A. Hons.), Bonn and Cambridge (M.Phil, PhD). Karen’s professional career, however, has exclusively focussed on the design and delivery of high-grade, tailored academic English programmes in higher education institutions both in the UK and overseas. Her experience in this field ranges from the design and implementation of entire degree courses through to bespoke stand-alone seminars. Her specialisms are in assessment design, transferable skills training, research into the cultural influences on academic writing, information literacy and transition to HE. After eight years at HEIs overseas, Karen returned to the UK in 2008 to the post of Director of Academic Development & Training for International Students.
Jan's backgound was initially in teaching, having trained and worked as a primary school teacher in her native New Zealand. In the UK she completed a B.A. Hons in Economics and Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University in 1993. After graduating, Jan, who has always maintained a high interest in educational developments, began working on projects at the University of Cambridge Language Centre. For the next five years she worked on EC funded collaborative learning research projects which focused on task-based multimedia learning of languages while at the same time working on web development within the Centre. She was the Cambridge project manager for the eChina Disseminator project from 2005-2006 and was the Webmaster and Online Learning Manager at the Language Centre until she retired at the end of March 2017.
Christoph's background is in German philology, computational linguistics and eLearning. He studied at the University of Tübingen (MA) and the University of Wales, College Cardiff (PhD).
After teaching German in Cardiff he was lecturer in German and computational linguistics at the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology before joining the Language Centre of the University of Cambridge in 1995, where he is the Deputy Director and Head of eLearning. He specialises in providing advice on the use of modern technologies in relation to the learning and teaching of languages. His interests are in the design and implementation of applications as well as the supporting systems and infrastructure. Christoph is the Deputy Director and Head of IT at the University of Cambridge Language Centre.