Dr Yvonne Foley

Head of Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership (IETL) / Senior Lecturer

Background

I have worked as a teacher educator for many years in the field of English as a second/additional language in Taiwan and across the UK.  I moved to Edinburgh in 2005 where I currently teach on a range of programmes: PGDE Secondary, MSc Education: Language – Theory, Practice and Literacy and MSc TESOL.  The focus of my teaching is influenced by a drive for social justice in language education.

My PhD was an interpretive study that explored teachers’ beliefs about the reading literacy needs of pupils learning English as an additional language. I am interested in the ways in which critical literacy approaches can be implemented in classroom practices to meet the language and literacy needs of pupils learning English as an additional language (EAL).   I am particularly interested in the role of teacher education in promoting social, cultural and linguistic inclusion.

In 2011, my contribution to teaching and my role as Programme Director on the MSc TESOL Programme was publicly recognised by the student body where I was awarded the Endsleigh Overall High Performer Teaching Award.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Education (The University of Edinburgh)
  • MEd TESOL (The University of Edinburgh)
  • RSA CTEFLA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (University of Cambridge)
  • Certificate in Theology (Undergraduate - Regent Theological College, Cheshire). 

Responsibilities & affiliations

I co-direct the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) and currently serve as an Executive Committee Member of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC), the only national subject association for EAL in the UK.  I also work in partnership with a number of organisations to provide CPD and Knowledge Exchange for mainstream and EAL teachers across the UK.

I am a member of NALDIC, The British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and The International Association in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).

Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES)

CERES website 

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)

NALDIC website

Postgraduate teaching

PhD Programme

PGDE Secondary: EAL and the Classroom

Dissertation Supervision (MSc TESOL)

Critical Literacies and Critical Pedagogies (MSc TESOL).

Research summary

  • Language Teacher Education
  • Teachers' Beliefs and Identities
  • Bilingualism
  • Literacy development for pupils learning English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Critical Literacies
  • Content and language-integrated pedagogy
  • Second Language  Learning and Teaching

Knowledge exchange

  • Invited presenter: Teachers' Perceptions about the Literacy Needs of Pupils with English as an Additional Language. Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Dundee, March 2018.
  • Symposium Presenter: Initial Teacher Education and English as an Additional Language. The Bell Foundation, Edinburgh, October, 2017.
  • Presenter: 'Policy, Pedagogy and Pupil Perceptions: EAL in Scotland and England.  CERES Conference, Edinburgh, June 2017.
  • Invited presenter: Pupil Voice: EAL in Scotland and England. The Bell Foundation Symposium, London, July, 2016.
  • Invited syposium presenter: Language Education Policies in Scotland. LED Conference, New Zealand. November, 2015.
  • Symposium: 'A cross-national analysis of K12 ESOL/EALD instructional and teacher education policy', AILA Conference, August 2014.
  • Invited speaker: English as an Additional Language. Holyrood Magazine Primary Education Conference. November 2013.
  • Invited CPD Presenter: Creative Literacies. SSCSA, December, 2012 & 2013.
  • Invited Plenary Speaker: Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum. SEALCC Conference, Scotland, November, 2012.
  • Invited Presenter: Critical Literacies. NALDIC Conference. November, 2012.
  • Invited Speaker:  Exploring Teachers’ Beliefs. St. Andrews University.  April, 2012.
  • Presentation: ‘Enhancing Horizons: Language Teacher Educator Partnerships across International Contexts.’ Paper for a symposium at the CARLA conference, Minneapolis, May 2011. 
  • ‘Presentation: Exploring Teachers' Beliefs about the Language and Literacy Needs of EAL Learners across International Contexts.’ Paper presented at the BAAL conference with Professor Candace Harper, Aberdeen University, September 2010.
  •  Presentation: ‘I just did a couple of weeks of just seat of the pants language school teaching’ Exploring and Uncovering Teachers’ Beliefs in Multilingual Secondary School Classrooms. A Mixed Methods Approach.  Paper presented at the IVACS conference with Dr Brona Murphy, Edinburgh University, June 2010.
  • Invited presenter: ‘Using a Multidimensional Approach to Meet the Reading Literacy Needs of EAL Pupils.’ Paper presented at the NALDIC conference, London, November 2009.  
  • Presentation: ‘Uncovering teachers’ beliefs about the reading literacy needs of pupils learning English as an additional language.’ Paper presented at the IATEFL conference, Cardiff, April 2009.
  • Invited Presenter: ‘Meeting the Reading Literacy Needs of EAL Pupils in Scottish Schools.’ Paper presented at the Scottish Government Conference, Edinburgh. March 2009.
  • Presentation: ‘Meeting the Reading Needs of Bilingual Pupils.’ Paper presented in ‘Topic Surgeries’ at the Scottish Learning Festival, SECC, Glasgow - Sept 2008. 

Project activity

  • Scottish Council of Deans of Education 1+2 Languages Group (2016) A National Framework for language learning. £60k. Funded by a group of Scottish Local Authorities to develop a National Framework for Languages to inform Initial Teacher Education and Professional Development. 

  • Research Project (2014)(£120,000): Funded by The Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy - This project aims to explore provision for student teachers in England who are working with pupils learning EAL. The project blends research and practice to develop modules for trainee teachers and teacher educators with the long-term aim of these professional learning materials being adopted by education providers.
  • The Bell Foundation funded project (2014)(£3,000): (PI) This study aims to give EAL learners a voice in shaping and informing their learning opportunities and to identify ways in which their perceptions can be used to improve their learning experiences within UK schooling.  The project will also investigate how the differing national policies in England and Scotland are enacted at the level of the secondary school, the department and the classroom in relation to individual learners.
  • British Council funded project (2014) (£5,000): (co-researcher) Working in partnership with colleagues this project explores how we are training our mainstream teachers to meet the needs of EAL learners: A case of two schools of education in Scotland.
  • Longitudinal Study (Seedcorn Funding) (£1,500): Exploring mainstream secondary student teachers' perceptions of their experiences during school placements.  Student teachers reflect on the EAL Curriculum Extension strand within the PGDE programme and the challenges and opportunities they face within Scottish schools as they try to implement the new strategies they have learned.  This is a longitudinal study with Dr Pauline Sangster and Dr Charles Anderson, University of Edinburgh.

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