The National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy (NCELP
(https:// www. ncelp.org/) ) was established in December 2018, funded by the
UK Government's Department for Education to create and deliver research-
informed resources and professional development for teaching French, German,
and Spanish in collaboration with a network of school teachers, and to take
forward recommendations made in the Teaching Schools Council's Modern Foreign
Languages Pedagogy Review
(https: // pure.york.ac.uk/portal/files/54043904/MFLPedagogyReviewReportTSCPUBLISHEDVERSIONNov20161.pdf)
in 2016. NCELP is housed within the University's Department of Education.
The University of York is seeking an exceptional Research Trainee to
contribute to the research and evaluation programme associated with the
Centre's activities (including materials, pedagogy, and/or professional
development). You will:
Transcribe, code, and analyse oral and written production data in French.
Process and analyse quantitative data for language assessment.
The role is available fixed term (6 months) part-time or full-time (up to a
maximum of 1 FTE), starting from 2 September 2022 until 3 March 2023.
Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed
First degree in one or more of: linguistics, (cognitive) psychology,
education, French, German, Spanish
Proven expertise at ‘post-A level' in at least French, German, and/or
Spanish if first degree is not in one of these languages is desirable
Knowledge of language assessment, development, and/or education
Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies, including
(language) data transcription, coding, and analysis.
Knowledge of foreign language education in the UK and/or a similar
compulsory secondary education context
Experience (desirable) :
Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
Experience of writing up research work for publication
Ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own
Experience working with and/or conducting research with secondary school-
Skills (desirable) :
Ability to undertake academic research. Examples may include transcribing,
coding, and analysing oral and written production data in French, and
processing and analysing quantitative data for language assessment.
Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide
ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media and
networks for dissemination
Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently using own
Excellent IT skills, including the ability to qualitative (e.g., NVivo)
and quantitative (e.g., R, SPSS) data analysis platforms.
Condition of Employment
This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently,
all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on
their application form. Appointment of the successful candidate will be
conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Interview date: Week commencing 29 August 2022 (via Zoom)
For informal enquiries: please contact Amber Dudley at
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