The domain of professional identity and values comprises the competences that enable a language educator to reflect on their disciplinary and professional identities. Our research points to the diversity of roles and responsibilities of language educators in HE: our survey captured at least 14 different job titles for language educators as reported by the respondents. It is, therefore, of particular importance that a language educator develops their own identity within the institutional and disciplinary context. In addition, a significant part of the language educator’s identity is bound with their role as a plurilingual individual operating within a multilingual context. As representatives of this identity to their students, a language educator must reflect on this and also promote these social values within their institution and beyond. The language educator is themself a representative of a target language user as well as of a plurilingual individual. As such language educators play an important role in the development of these values and identities in their students and in education and society in general.

Key competences in this domain include critical reflection, evaluation of their own and others’ teaching practices, the scholarship of teaching & learning, and the promotion of disciplinary values.


Demonstrates an awareness of their role and responsibilities as a language educator in HE.

Develops reflective practice which incorporates student feedback and input from more experienced colleagues.

Develops a reflective, evidence-based professional development learning plan.

Recognises the importance of maintaining and developing their own language proficiency.


Understands the role of language education within Higher Education.

Develops a reflective practice which incorporates peer-to-peer evaluation.

Can identify and avail of structured pathways through mandatory and credited CPD programmes.

Increases the visibility of languages in HE institutions.

Helps to establish a culture of plurilingualism in the institution.

Supports colleagues in maintaining and developing language proficiency.


Contributes to the scholarship of language teaching and learning in Higher Education.

Promotes a culture of professional development in language learning and teaching in HE.

Promotes language education and plurilingualism in all sectors of society.

Creates and promotes opportunities for colleagues to maintain and develop their language proficiency.