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Dr Catherine Chabert

Dr Catherine Chabert

Reader in French, Executive Director of Confucius Institute

School of Modern Languages

Email
chabertc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5836
Campuses
2.16, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS

Overview

My scholarship and leadership roles are strongly associated with international partner institutions and colleagues. In the past five years, I have been working with Xiamen University (as Director of the Cardiff Confucius Institute), with European members of CercleS (as a member of the Executive Board) and, more recently, with French speaking universities (as Year Abroad Coordinator).

My teaching, both design and assessment, is deeply influenced by shared European standards shaped by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. I have led on the design and implementation of Cardiff University’s Languages for All programme and I now chair the UK-wide certification scheme, UNILANG.

Biography

A graduate of Lyon (Licence and Maitrise) and Cardiff (PGCE Post-16 and PhD), I was appointed to the Cardiff University’s Language Centre in 1997. In 2000, I moved to the university’s Centre for Lifelong Learning and continued to work in the area of Modern Languages, developing programmes for full-time and part-time students, face-to-face, blended and distance learning.  Between 2012 and 2014, I was Co-Dean of Lifelong Learning before moving to the newly created School of Modern Languages to become the Director of the Languages for All programme. In 2015, I was additionally invited to become the Executive Director of the Cardiff University’s Confucius Institute. I was promoted to Reader in 2016.

Honours and awards

  • 2016: I was awarded Xiamen University’s 2016 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award from Hanban-Southern Base
  • 2016: Languages for All was shortlisted in the Outstanding Support for Students category for the Times Higher Education Awards
  • 2015: Languages for All was awarded the Cardiff University Celebrating Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University’s International Activities

Professional memberships

  • Chair of UNILANG (this is a recognition scheme which serves to help UK university students articulate and translate their language learning outcomes in terms of the CEFR)
  • Member of the AULC (Wales Representative)
  • Member of CercleS (Deputy Secretary General) until 2019
  • Member of the UCML (Wales Representative) until 2018
  • 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: 2015-2020)
  • Accredited Assessor for the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris CCIP – DFP B2 (Diplôme de Français Professionnel B2)
  • Practical Leadership for University Management – ILM (2009)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2007

Publications

2018

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

Teaching

Some of the modules I have taught

  • High-level Proficiency in French Language (Final year UG)
  • French for Professional Purposes (Final year UG)
  • French for Professionals in the EU Context (Final year UG Business School)
  • Developing Oral and Aural Skills (Year 2 UG Business School)
  • Higher Intermediate B1 (Languages for All)
  • Advanced B2 (Languages for All)

Programmes I have developed and taken through Quality Assurance validation

  • Languages for All (in the first six languages, from A1 to B1)
  • Business School UG degrees with a minor in a Modern Language)
  • BA Chinese Studies (the language side from HSK1 to HSK5)

Other Quality Assurance roles

  • 2017: University of Liverpool (External Reviewer on the 3-Year Minor Subject Components in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish)
  • 2016: University of Manchester (Periodic Review of the Faculty of Humanities, LEAP - Language Experience for All Programme)
  • 2014 and 2015: Aberystwyth University (Lead External Examiner at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning for Modern Languages, Humanities, Sciences and Arts)

Recent external examining roles

  • Technological University Dublin (2018-to present date) - BA (Hons) in International Business & Languages
  • University of Sheffield (2017-2018 ) – UWLP French
  • University of Manchester (2013-2017) - UWLP French
  • Aberystwyth University (2012-2017) - School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Modern Foreign Languages

My research interests are broad and include higher education policy making, virtual universities and language benchmarking. I am currently researching national language certification schemes in higher education.

External profiles