Dr. Claire Smulders is the Head of Chinese Language and Culture Program and the supervisor of Language Teachers Education at Leiden University Graduate School of Education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Chinese Pedagogy and Methodology and a Doctoral degree in Chinese Language and Culture from Leiden University.
She is a brilliant speaker of Dutch, English, French and Chinese. As a Teacher Educator and methodologist, she advocates and demonstrates the philosophy of Leiden University Graduate School of Education (ICLON) to connect theory and practice of teaching through the application of academic knowledge to issues of classroom practice. Claire Smulders is also a member of the Dutch national expertise center for development in education (SLO) where she takes part in research to innovate education of foreign languages such as English and Chinese.
Her expertise includes but is not limited to Foreign Language Learning, Language Teaching, Second Language Acquisition, Intercultural Communication, SLA (Service level Agreement) and Cross-Cultural Communication.