I teach predominantly on the primary postgraduate and undergraduate programmes and am the lead practitioner for primary languages, responsible for programme content and delivery.
My research, academic enterprise interests include motivation and attitudes towards language learning and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). I have been actively involved in the EU funded TELLP project (Technologically Enhanced Language Learning Pedagogy), the TDA funded School Linking Project and Integrated Language Learning project. In June 2010 I successfully secured external funding from Linked Up, a branch of the Association for Language Learning (ALL) to lead a European CLIL project. The focus of the research project was to examine the impact of CLIL on pupils' attitudes and motivation. The final project report, resources and planning documentation are accessible on the Linked-Up website. In September 2010 I began studying for an Ed Doc.
In 2015 I secured funding to embark on a first Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) for the Faculty of Education. This exciting research project focused on developing innovative and software-based multimedia teaching and learning resources to teach aspects of the primary Mathematics curriculum through French. This was a collaborative project working with a Mathematics colleague and a commercial software company, Cyber Coach. The project explored the synergies between Mathematics and MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) and how CLIL can be used as an effective pedagogical tool to enhance linguistic and cognitive development in both Mathematics and MFL. The project ran for two years.
In July 2018 we successfully secured funding for an Erasmus+ project that will involve working with some new European Strategic partners and our commercial partner, Cybercoach to develop game-based resources aimed at developing learners’ mathematical competence, digital literacy skills and second language development. The project will run for 33 months and is targeting secondary schools, teachers and students.
My love and enthusiasm for languages and the opportunities that speaking another language can present for those I teach and have taught over the years. To want to make a difference and to demonstrate that language learning can be fun, rewarding and to inspire a love for learning languages in others.
It is not how much language you know but how you use what language you do know to enhance the teaching and learning experience for children learning languages.
Innovative, fun and engaging ways to explore how to effectively plan and teach languages across both primary and secondary phases. We'll also look at some of the theories underpinning our practice and how to boost confidence and competence. You will learn that it is not how much language you know but how you use what you do know! It is all about a 'can do' attitude and approach.
MA in Education, Liverpool Hope University
BA (Hons) Liverpool University
German and Italian (Basic)
S. Lister, P. Palmer Content and Language Integrated Learning and GBL as a context for ’bridging the gap’ in mathematics and language learning. (working title). Language, Culture and Curriculum.
S. Lister, P. Palmer (2019). Modern Languages and STEM. In: STEM in the Primary Curriculum.
S. Lister, P. Palmer (2019). Languages and Mathematics (working title). In: Enriching Mathematics in the Primary Classroom. Sage,
S. Lister, P. Palmer (2018). Teaching languages creatively through mathematics. In: Teaching Languages Creatively. Routledge,
SM. Lister A SMALL SCALE INTERVENTION EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL OF CONTENT AND LANGUAGE INTEGRATED LEARNING (CLIL) TO PROMOTE/FOSTER DEEPER CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING IN MATHEMATICS. Cordoba, Spain, 15/11/2016.
SM. Lister, P. Palmer (2016). Using a second language to develop mathematical understanding. Manchester Met, 27/2/2016.
April 2018 – British Conference of Mathematics (BCME) conference at the University of Warwick. Workshop entitled ‘Connecting Mathematics and French? Mais oui!’
March 2018 – CLIL Colloquium at the University of Porto, Portugal. Workshop entitled ‘Game-based learning as a context for CLIL.’
January 2018 – Manchester Met. CLIL workshop for 19 Italian teachers exploring effective CLIL pedagogy and current thinking & theories.
December 2017 – Publication of article in CLIL Magazine ‘The potential of game-based resources as a meaningful context for content and language learning.’
11th-13th September 2017 – Keynote delivered at the Regional CLIL Seminar in Castiglion Fiorentino, Arezzo, Italy ‘The changing face of CLIL’
September 2017 – Workshop delivery at the Regional CLIL Seminar in Castiglion Fiorentino, Arezzo, Italy entitled ‘Game-based learning as a meaningful context for CLIL’
4th-7th September 2017 – BERA conference in Brighton entitled ‘Exploring the role of language in developing children’s conceptual understanding.’
March 2017 Conference paper at the Language in Focus (LIF) International Conference in Cyprus reporting on the initial findings from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
Autumn 2016 Article published in an international CLIL magazine: ‘Exploring the synergies between mathematics and second language learninghttp://clilmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/CLIL-fall-2016-FINAL-version-enkel-website.pdfLister, S.M. (2016). A SMALL-SCALE INTERVENTION EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL OF CONTENT AND LANGUAGE INTEGRATED LEARNING (CLIL) TO PROMOTE/FOSTER DEEPER CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING IN MATHEMATICS. (Cordoba, Spain, 15/11/2016).
Lister, S.M. & Palmer, P. (2016). Using a second language to develop mathematical understanding. Manchester Met, 27/2/2016.
Spring 2016 Article published in an international CLIL magazine: an editorial reporting on ‘A Knowledge Transfer Partnership: working with a small software company to develop CLIL game-based learning materials.’http://clilmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/CLIL-spring-2016-FINAL-version-enkel.pdf
February 2016 BSRLM conference paper and publication ‘Using a second language to develop mathematical understanding’
2016-2018. Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
2018-2021 Erasmus+ KA2 project ‘Gamifying CLIL in a mathematical context.’