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Dr Catherine Chabert

Dr Catherine Chabert

Cyfarwyddwr gweithredol y Sefydliad Confucius, Darllenydd mewn Ffrangeg, Cyfarwyddwr Ieithoedd i Bawb

Ysgol Ieithoedd Modern

Email:
chabertc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5836
Location:
2.16, 66a Plas y Parc, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3AS

I am Director of Languages for All, a new initiative at Cardiff University that offers all undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to improve their language skills alongside their studies. Over the years, I have closely followed the evolution of digital technologies, both academically, my PhD thesis was centred on virtual universities, and as a practitioner and academic leader.

A graduate of Lyon and Cardiff, I was appointed Co-ordinating Lecturer in Modern Languages at Cardiff University’s Language Centre in 1997. In 2000, I moved to the Centre for Lifelong Learning and worked in the area of Modern Languages, developing programmes for full-time and part-time students, face-to-face, blended and distance learning. In 2005, I took responsibility of the overall Centre’s Marketing and Communications strategy. Between 2012 and 20014, I was Co-Dean of Lifelong Learning. In August 2014, I moved to the new School of Modern Languages where I am Director of Languages for All and responsible for Collaborative Provision.

2017

  • Chabert, C. 2017. The political dimension of the CEFR. Presented at: 6th Bremen Symposium On Language Learning And Teaching At Universities, Bremen, Germany, 24-25 February 2017.

2016

2015

2014

2012

2010

2006

Over the years, I have closely followed the evolution of digital technologies (both academically, my PhD thesis was centred on virtual universities, and as a practitioner and team leader).

In my co-ordinating lecturer role, I have 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).

My personal teaching interest lies in the spoken, interactive approach to language teaching and learning (B2 level). That said, I have developed French courses for just about everyone, under-graduates, part-time students, local businesses and organisations.

Professional Expertise

  • 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)

External Examining

  • 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)

My research interests include higher education policy-making, globalization and virtual universities.

I have closely followed the evolution of digital technologies in teaching, culminating in my PhD thesis “The Virtual University in a Globalizing World: a Comparison of Policy Initiatives in France and the UK”. This research compared and contrasted 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.