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About Dr Bethan Hulse

I taught French and German at secondary schools in North Wales for 18 years and was Head of Department for a year before moving into Higher Education.

I completed my doctoral thesis, entitled 'Understanding Creativity and Alienation in Language Teacher Education: a critical ethnographic study' in 2015.I joined the University of Chester in 2003 as Subject leader for Modern Languages on the PGCE programme after a career teaching French and German in secondary schools in Wales. I teach on postgraduate programmes in the Faculty of Education and lead the Masters in Educational Practice programme.

I have presented papers at national and international conferences on the subject of teacher education and creativity and have taught on teacher education programmes in Palestine, Austria, Finland and Estonia which focus on creative pedagogy and intercultural education for teachers.



  • Postgraduate: MA Educational Practice and Professional doctorate in Education programmes.



  • Creative pedagogies
  • Teaching languages through drama
  • Additional Language teaching and learning
  • Teacher education
  • Practitioner enquiry
  • Critical ethnography


  • 2016-2019. ‘InOut’: Erasmus Plus project. Partner Universities in Spain, Finland, Estonia, Hungary, Austria, Germany and Sweden. Preparing teachers for teaching in multi-lingual, multi- cultural classrooms.
  • 2011-2013. International Intensive Programme: Teachers' Intercultural Competence and Awareness Intensive Programme. Partner universities in Germany, Sweden, Austria, Estonia and Spain. Life Long Learning, Erasmus Programme
  • 2011-2012. Reviving Palestinian schools project. Partner universities in Palestine. World Bank funded project: developing creative pedagogies.

Published Work


  • Hulse,B. (2018).Bringing languages to life: A longitudinal study of the development of creative practice in student teachers of modern languages. Power and Education.Vol 10, Issue 1, pp. 25 - 39. First published online December 29, 2017
  • Hulse, B. and Owens, A.(2017). Process Drama as a tool for teaching Modern Languages: supporting the development of creativity in early professional practice. Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching.
  • Hulse, B. (2015).Understanding Creativity and Alienation in Language Teacher Education: a critical ethnographic study. Doctoral thesis. Chester Repository.
  • Hulse, B. and Hulme, R. (2012). Research through Practitioner Enquiry: the perceptions of beginning teachers on a postgraduate initial teacher education programme Education Action Research Journal ,Vol 20, No 2, June 2012 ,pp.313-329.
  • Hulse, B.and Owens, A. (2012.) Process drama in language teaching: supporting student Modern Language teachers in the development of creative practice. Conference Paper, Languages in Motion Conference, University of Nantes, September 2012.
  • Eady, S. and Hulse, B. (2010).What are the benefits of Masters level study?: an exploration of student teacher views of the benefits of Masters study in ITT and CPD. BERA Conference Paper, Warwick University.



Ed.D; MA (Ed.); BA (Hons.) PGCE