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Jennifer Valcke


About me

Interview in PIE Review, Issue 12, 2016 pp. 62-67

I am an Educational Developer and Senior Lecturer for the Unit for Medical Education (UME) at LIME. My role includes teaching, training and advising on issues related to intercultural education and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). I provide support and prepare teaching staff for the challenges of the multilingual and multicultural learning space; I am involved in ensuring quality in English-Medium Instruction (EMI); and I also provide support for educational leaders to implement KI’s internationalisation strategy. From 2002 to 2015, I was CLIL adviser and researcher at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, where I previously worked teaching English for academic purposes to students of engineering, business and literature. I was born in Brussels, of British and Belgian parents, and have lived and studied in Nigeria, Belgium and Scotland. I am fluent in French, English, Italian, Spanish and am currently learning Swedish.

Research description

Teaching content subjects through English is becoming widespread throughout the European Higher Education Area. What are the necessary conditions for such programmes to be carried out effectively and with the utmost quality of teaching and learning? The methodological and pedagogical approach of teachers and the support given to students will play a determining role to ensure that content is assimilated, without the language posing an insurmountable obstacle. There are also a number of strategies that can help institutions undergo such a transition in educational contexts successfully. It is evident that teachers of English as a second language need to be implicated in the process and provide linguistic and pedagogical support to those actors involved in Content and Language Integrated Learning in Higher Education. Jennifer’s research focuses on developing the criteria for quality teaching and learning at university in English across disciplines. More specific areas of research currently focus on: the pronunciation of English as a lingua franca, teacher perceptions in the international classroom, and the professional development of teachers.


I hold a BA in Modern Languages from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), an MSc in Research and a PhD in Film Studies, both from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland).

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