Dr Shirley Lawes is an education researcher, consultant and university teacher, specialising in teacher education and Modern Foreign Languages teaching and learning at the Institute of Education University of London. Until recently, she was the Subject Leader for PGCE Languages. She has published widely on education policy, teacher education and the teaching of modern foreign languages in both English and French.
Over a long career in education, Shirley has taught in vocational, secondary and higher education institutions and has been involved in a number of curriculum development initiatives as well as a variety of national and international research projects. She was a member of the Ministerial Steering Group on Modern Languages in 2012 and of the ALCAB ( A Level Content Advisory Board) for Modern Foreign Languages in 2014.
She is currently working on a research project with the British Film Institute on the use of short film in foreign language teaching. Shirley is also a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques awarded by the French Ministry of Education for her contribution to the promotion of the French language and culture.
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)
"The audience were the stars of the Battle of Ideas - engaged, informed and enthusiastic. As a panellist, I felt both ashamed and educated. Exactly as it should be."
John Street, professor of politics, University of East Anglia