Biography

Christelle Blach-Davies is a Lecturer in Primary Education and a Modern Foreign Languages Specialist. Her interests are in bilingualism, teaching children with English as an additional language and developing intercultural awareness in the MFL classroom in primary schools. Christelle taught French as a Foreign Language in Portugal for ten years before coming to England in 2003. She then taught Modern Foreign Languages in secondary schools and later became involved in the provision of MFL in primary schools, also supporting and training primary school teachers.

Currently Christelle teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the University of Cumbria. As well as having cohort leader and personal tutor roles, she is joint programme leader for the QTS Direct Assessment Only Route. As part of her role as Modern Foreign Language specialist she organises student exchanges between the University of Cumbria and the University of Bordeaux, involving short placements in primary schools for students of both institutions.

Qualifications and memberships

MA in  Education 

PgCert Academic Practice

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

PGCE in Education (Modern Foreign Languages)

Academic and research interests

Foreign Language acquisition

English as an additional language/ Bilingualism

Developing intercultural awareness in the MFL classroom

The impact of overseas study programmes on students and teachers of Modern Languages.