Dr. Yvonne Foley
Dr. Yvonne Foley worked as a teacher educator for many years in the field of English as a second/additional language in Taiwan and across the UK. She moved to Edinburgh University in 2005 where she is currently teaching on a range of programmes: PGDE Secondary, MSc Language Education, MA Primary Education with Gaelic and MSc TESOL. The focus of her teaching is influenced by a drive for social justice in language education.
Her PhD was an interpretive study that explored teachers’ beliefs about the reading literacy needs of pupils learning English as an additional language. She is interested in the ways in which critical literacy approaches can be implemented in classroom practices to meet the language and literacy needs of pupils learning English as an additional language (EAL). She is particularly interested in the role of teacher education in promoting social, cultural and linguistic inclusion.