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Staff profile for Alison Fenner


IWLP German, English and Russian Co-ordinator
Staff Continuing Professional Development Officer

Base Programme:
Institution-Wide Language Programme

Active Projects:
Language Learning Advisors peer advisory scheme (extended through PLanT funding in 2016-17), increasing student mobility through short courses in Germany (researched as Staff Mobility initiative in June 2017), development of fora for dissemination of good language teaching practice at UoR (IWLP Showcase, (ongoing), university-wide TeachShare

I joined the IWLP at UoR in 1995, having previously been Deputy Head of Department in a secondary school. I have taught German and French in IWLP, as an Open University lecturer and in in-business contexts, as well as teaching German on the DMLES undergraduate programme. At UoR, my main pedagogical interests have included staff development, independent learning and the development and dissemination of good teaching methodology. I am Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

A few personal comments:
My interests include walking (preferably among mountains!), history, reading and listening to and performing music.

Joint Honours German and French, University of Kent
PGCE Bristol University School of Education

Modules Taught:
Convenor of German and English modules on IWLP
Range of German modules taught (and previously French)

Conferences attended:
June 2017 Assessment conference, Exeter (presented on UoR IWLP projects)
July 2016 LLAS conference, Warwick (co-presented on 'Primary French Upskilling' with Alison Nader)
January 2015, AULC conference, Cambridge (co-presented on CPD in Language Centres with Chiara Cirillo)
AULC conferences, January 2016 and 2017


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