Irene de Kleyn MA, after her studies French, Spanish and International Relations at the University Utrecht, has worked as a documentalist at the University Utrecht for the Bibliography Dutch Social Sciences and later in the international corporate industry.
In 2008 Irene successfully completed the Post Graduate Teacher Programme at Brighton University and obtained a first degree teacher status for French and a second degree for Spanish. Irene has worked as a Curriculum Leader and teacher of French and Spanish in the English at The Eastbourne Academy, a secondary state iPad school with over 40 nationalities, and as such has built up expertise in education development and innovation, differentiation, special educational needs, multilingualism and English as additional language. Irene has taught ‘Inspired learning’ workshops at the teacher training education programme at Brighton University and completed one year of the master programme ‘Teaching and Learning’.
Since 2014 Irene is a teacher trainer in the English Department at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Institute Archimedes. She is a teacher, curriculum leader, course coordinator and developer in the subject related methodology curriculum in the Bachelor Programme and in the Honours Programme, and she tutors students at their internships at the Cals College Nieuwegein and IJsselstein. Irene is teaching subject related methodology Modern Foreign Languages at the University Utrecht, in the one year Post Graduate Teacher Programme and the two year Master of Education Programme.
Irene’s passion to make Modern Foreign Languages more accessible to every child in school was the incentive to join professor Rick de Graaff’s the Research Team for Subject Related Methodology MFL in 2016. Together with her colleagues, Irene has developed an observation instrument for subject related methodology MFL for a pilot study that is currently being conducted at the University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht University, secondary education schools and vocational colleges in order to inventorise good practice in communicative language teaching and learning. The outcomes of the study will lead to follow-up studies and further research.