Isabelle Schäfer

Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education: Modern Languages

Secondary and Post Compulsory Education

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542152

Isabelle is the PGCE secondary subject leader for modern languages. She spent over 8 years in secondary education including middle management roles in school (Second in MFL Department, i/c Spanish) as well as being a moderator for the IBO (French).

Isabelle has worked at the university since 2008 with additional responsibilities as a PGCE module lead and delivering the PGCE part of SCITT programme. Isabelle is also the interim Quality Coordinator for the School of Education.

Research interests include cross-curricular and cross-phase collaboration and the development of reading comprehension in modern languages.

She has published articles on trainees’ views of cross-phase collaboration (Schäfer, 2016) and on attitudes to teaching literature in modern languages in secondary schools (Ulma and Schäfer, 2018). She co-presented research on the use of literary extracts in GCSE papers at an international conference in France in 2019. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Education. She is a senior fellow of the HEA.


  • HEA Senior Fellow
  • MA (Ed) Open University
  • PGCE University of Warwick
  • MA (English Literature) “Maîtrise en littérature anglaise”, Université de Pau (France)
  • BA English "Langues et civilisations étrangères" Université de Pau (France)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Teaching in context  
  • Teaching languages: Primary and Secondary 
  • Working cross-phase (with a focus on modern languages) 

Research Interests

  • Cross-curricular teaching
  • Student collaboration 
  • Working with international students
  • Teaching reading

Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Association for Language learning (ALL) since 2008.


2018 - Ulma, D. and Schafer, Isabelle. Se Former à Enseigner la Littérature Dans le Cours de Langue Étrangère en Angleterre : Entre Abandon des Controlled Assessments, Comeback de la Littérature et Apprentissages. Les Langues Modernes. ISSN 0023-8376

2016 - Opportunities for professional learning dialogue generated by cross-phase collaboration in languages between primary and secondary initial teacher education students. Education 3-13- International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education

2014 – Article published in the Worcester Journal of Learning and teaching 
How do international trainee teachers and mentors respond to cross-cultural mentoring relationships? Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (9). ISSN 2024-8032

2011- Article published in the Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching 
Integration of Trainee Teachers (who speak English as an Additional Language) into the Student Community. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (6). pp. 1-4. ISSN 2024-8032

2009 - Project report published in the Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching 
'Introducing Secondary Professional/Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Student Teachers in Modern Languages to Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)’


Presentation 21 November 2019 – Ulma, D. and Schafer I. L’extrait littéraire dans les nouveaux examens de FLE au secondaire en Angleterre. Colloque international L’œuvre et l’extrait, lire la littérature à l’école, Université de Cergy-Pontoise.

Presentation - July 2011 ALL (Association for Language Learning) conference in London Teaching PSHE/Citizenship through French




External Roles

  • 2022-2026 External Examiner PGCE Languages, London Metropolitan University
  • 2019 - 2021 External Examiner PGCE (SCITT), University of Greenwich
  • 2018 – 2019 External Examiner PGCE Languages, University of Greenwich
  • 2016, 2017, 2018 - External Examiner PGCE Languages, University of the West of England
  • 2012, 2013 – External Examiner SKE course, French, University College of St Mark and St John
  • 2011, 2012, 2013 - External Examiner PGCE Languages, University College of St Mark and St John