I joined the Open University as a Lecturer in French in 2005, and have since become a Senior Lecturer. I was Head of French from 2008 to 2014, Associate Head of Department (Languages) and Head of Qualification (Certificate in Higher Education) from 2014 to 2016, and I am currently Associate Head of School (Curriculum) in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics.
I have taught on all the French modules currently offered at the Open University, from ab initio to degree level. I was also a joint module team chair of the production of our Intermediate Italian module and a module team member on the Intermediate German module. Since 2014 I have been chair of the production of a new module, French Studies 1, which will replace Intermediate French from 2017.
Before joining the Open University, I taught French language, grammar and translation at Worcester College, Oxford, and English linguistics, phonology and translation at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. I was a Visiting Lecturer at Dartmouth College, USA, in 1993-94. I hold qualified teacher status in France (Agrégation) and I am a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure (Fontenay St Cloud) in Paris, France.
My main research interest is the linguistic analysis and teaching of spoken French and English. I am currently doing research on the use of naturally-occurring speech in language teaching.
I have done some research on learning design in distance language teaching.
I was also involved in the TRIDEM project with colleagues from the Open University, the Université de Franche-Comté and Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and 2006. This looked at bilingual telecollaboration between students of these three universities using synchronous and asynchronous online tools.
Since I started working at the Open University, I have written course materials for most of our French modules. I have also contributed to Italian and German modules, and to Exploring languages and cultures, our module introducing language studies and intercultural communication.
I am particularly interested in the teaching of listening and speaking skills, especially at a distance, and in the use of authentic speech in language teaching. I am also interested in the use of technology in language learning and teaching. I have contributed to projects exploring the use of online conferencing and online tools in our language modules.
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