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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).

Research Interests

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.




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Research Output 2015 2019

Leading Little Linguists: a cross-phase approach to primary languages

Collen, I., 22 Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Northern Ireland risks being left behind because children are not required to learn a second language in primary school

Collen, I., 21 Jun 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

Learning from across the border

Collen, I., 23 May 2018, In : Languages, Society & Policy.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access

Translation is fun at Key Stage 3

Collen, I., 22 Jun 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper



Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Ian Collen (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2015 2019

Modern Languages Symposium CCEA

Ian Collen (Participant)
12 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education (Journal)

Ian Collen (Peer reviewer)
Jun 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Crossing Boundaries in Language Teaching

Ian Collen (Participant)
03 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Peacing-it Together

Ian Collen (Participant)
09 Nov 201811 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Association for Language Learning Conference 2018

Ian Collen (Participant)
23 Mar 201824 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Language Learning in Northern Ireland

Ian Collen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment