Projects per year
Module Convenor: PGCE Modern Languages
Module Tutor: PGCE Education and Professional Studies
I supervise students undertaking Masters degrees in various fields of primary and post-primary Teaching and Education.
Background and Qualifications
My first degree was MA (Hons) French and German from the University of St Andrews and I also hold a Graduate Diploma in Spanish from the University of Dundee. I completed at PGCE in Modern Languages and a Master of Teaching (M.Teach) at Queen's University Belfast and Stranmillis University College.
Before taking up my current lectureship, I taught Modern Languages across the 11-18 age range in secondary schools in Germany and Northern Ireland. Prior to this, I was a Research Assistant at the US Department of Education and I taught as a lecteur d'anglais at the University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle.
As part of my role at Queen's, I am Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (NICILT).
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
I am particularly interested in Modern Languages in the primary school, Modern Languages Education and teacher professional development, focusing on bridging the gap between Initial Teacher Education and Beginning Teacher. I am currently studying part-time for a Doctorate in Education at QUB.
I have been successful in obtaining external funding to conduct research in the field of Modern Languages Education.
Research Output per year
Letter to me: making sense of student teachers' understanding of newcomer learners' needs in post-primary schools in Northern IrelandCollen, I., 19 Mar 2020, In : Educational Studies.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Northern Ireland risks being left behind because children are not required to learn a second language in primary schoolCollen, I., 21 Jun 2019, The Conversation.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Article
Activities per year
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Publication peer-review