Dr Catherine Chabert
- Co-ordinating Lecturer in Modern Languages
Centre for Lifelong Learning
Cardiff CF24 4AG
MA (France), PGCE-HE (Wales), PhD (Wales), FHEA
A graduate of Lyon and Cardiff, Catherine Chabert was appointed Co-ordinating Lecturer in Modern Languages at Cardiff University’s Language Centre in 1997. In 2000, she moved to the Centre for Lifelong Learning and has worked in the area of Modern Languages ever since, developing programmes for full-time and part-time students, face-to-face, blended and distance learning. In 2005, she took responsibility of the overall Centre’s Marketing and Communications strategy. Since November 2012, she has been Co-Dean of Lifelong Learning.
Teaching and Scholarship
Over the years, Catherine Chabert has closely followed the evolution of digital technologies (both academically, her PhD thesis was centred on virtual universities, and as a practitioner and team leader).
In her co-ordinating lecturer role, Catherine has developed curricula for a wide range of Cardiff University teaching programmes in Modern Languages, from international degrees for the Cardiff Business School to Common European Framework of Reference for Language-based modules. This includes learning and teaching quality assurance, and coordination of tutors (recruitment, appraisal and development).
Catherine’s personal teaching interest lies in the spoken, interactive approach to language teaching and learning (B2 level). That said, she has developed French courses for just about everyone, under-graduates, part-time students, local businesses and organisations.
CE2610: When learning a Foreign Language, there seems to be a level above which most language learners find it difficult to progress: the early stages of the more advanced levels. In the Centre’s different ‘Staged courses’, this would be at Higher Intermediate Stage D. Watching students moving from intermediate to advanced level during the course is uniquely rewarding.
BS2703 (French Oral Comprehension and Expression): This module is designed to support the development of advanced oral skills. As students progressively improve their oral comprehension, they become better in their oral expression. Learning material is mostly based on authentic audio-visual recordings and teaching often takes place in one of the two digital language laboratories of the Centre.
- External Examiner (UWLP French) – University of Manchester (2013-current)
- External Examiner (Modern Foreign Languages) – School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Aberystwyth University (2012- current)
- External Examiner (French and Italian) – University of Glamorgan (2005-2009)
Roles & Expertise
School and University Roles
- Co-Chair of the Centre’s Management Board (2012-current)
- Chair of the Centre’s Operational Committee (2010- current)
- Member of the Centre’s Board of Studies (current)
- Member of University Directors of Innovation and Engagement Network (2011- current)
- Member of University Innovation and Engagement Committee (2008-11)
- Member of University Senate (2004-09 and 2012-current)
- Practical Leadership for University Management – ILM (2009)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007- current)
- Accredited Assessor and Trainer for the French diplomas of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (DELF-DALF), A1 to C2 (Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques), three successive accreditations since 1999 (Current accreditation: 2011-14)
- Head of the Cardiff University Examination Centre for DELF and DALF.
- Accredited Assessor for the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris CCIP – DFP B2 (Diplôme de Français Professionnel B2).
- Head of the Cardiff University Examination Centre for the CCIP.
- Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education (2010-2012)
Catherine Chabert’s main research interests are in the area of higher education policy-making, globalization and universities, French higher education and virtual universities.
Her PhD (“The Virtual University in a Globalizing World: a Comparison of Policy Initiatives in France and the UK”) was awarded in 2010. It set out to compare and contrast the conception, initiation and implementation of virtual university policy-making in higher education in the UK and France between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s.
- Chabert, C. (2006) ‘L’Université Virtuelle Britannique’ Distances et Savoirs, Paris, Vol. 4-1, pp.23-39.
- Chabert, C. (2001) ‘In Line with the On-line: UK and EU Policies on ICT in Higher Education’ CALL – The Challenge of Change, Cameron, K., Elm Bank Modern Language Studies: Exeter.
Conferences and Presentations
- Chabert, C., Eckart, H. (2012) ‘Language provision for non-specialists in HE: Are we getting it right?’ LLAS Annual Conference 2012: Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education).
- Chabert C. (2010) ‘Higher Education Policy-Making in France and in the UK’ SRHE Conference.
- Chabert C. (2009) ‘The Campus Numériques – an Overview of the French Virtual University’ – Strategic Learning Initiatives Network: Public Sector.