Dr Shirley Lawes

Shirley Lawes is Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages at the Institute of Education, University of London where she lead the PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages. She has a background of experience in teaching French in Secondary schools, Further Education, Adult Education and industry and for the past 13 years has worked in the university sector as a PGCE tutor and researcher. Shirley is a member of the CILT – National Centre for Languages - Advisory Group on teacher training.

Her main area of research has been into teacher education and she has worked on other research projects in a variety of fields, notably in those of vocational education, disaffection and exclusion. Within the area of foreign languages teaching and learning, she has a particular interest in the place of culture and is currently researching the potential of film and film-making in the foreign languages classroom to improve attainment and motivation of Key Stage 3 learners. Shirley has published widely on a number of aspects of foreign language teaching and learning and on teacher education.

 Related Sessions

Saturday 1 November 2008, 5.15pm Henry Moore Gallery
What is it to be educated?


Foreign Languages without Tears?, in The Corruption of the Curriculum, Whelan, R. (ed), London CIVITAS, July 2007.

Modern Foreign Languages (Teaching School Subjects 11-19) (co-editor) (Routledge, 2006)

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