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Ms Valerie Demouy

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer (French)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • valerie.demouy

Professional biography

I am the Course Team Chair of L120 Ouverture French Intermediate 3rd edition. My work is largely located within the Certificate award which comprises Beginners and Intermediate courses.

My past experience includes teaching French language at all levels in various HE institutions as well as leading language courses, including Language provision on Access/Foundation programmes.

I joined the OU in 2002 initially to be part of the course team working on the production of L192 Bon Départ (Beginners French). When the course first presented in 2003, I applied to teach on it. Being an associate lecturer for 5 years gave me a valuable tutor's experience and provided very useful insights in our students'experience.

In 2006, I became Course Team Chair of the remake of L120 Ouverture 3rd edition presenting for the first time in February 2009. This course makes extensive use of sophisticated technology, such as DVD-ROMs and VLE tools including Elluminate.

Since I became involved in the elaboration of Lyceum tutorials for LZX 192 Bon Départ (Beginners French) in 2003, I have developed a keen interest in using new technologies for teaching. I am an Elluminate Champion and have led or participated in numerous demonstrations or training sessions both inside and outside the Faculty. I am also interested in the potential offered by mobile technologies in relation to language learning but most particularly listening and speaking skills. For the past 12 months, I have been leading a mobile project on L120 on which work is ongoing.

This year I am also involved in the remake of L192 French Beginners and I am particularly interested in exploring various ways of revamping our assessment strategy and modus operandi in line with OU strategic objectives and technological developments.


Why and how do distance learners use mobile devices for language learning? (2016-03)
Demouy, Valérie; Jones, Ann; Kan, Qian; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Eardley, Annie
The EuroCALL Review, 24, Article 5663(1) (pp. 10-24)
On the spot: using mobile devices for listening and speaking practice on a French language programme (2010-11)
Demouy, Valérie and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes
Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, 25(3) (pp. 217-232)
Innovative use of mobile technologies in EAP oral assessment: a pilot study from The Open University (2015)
Shrestha, Prithvi; Fayram, Joanna and Demouy, Valérie
In: Shrestha, Prithvi ed. Current Developments in English for Academic and Specific Purposes: Local innovations and global perspectives (pp. 157-177)
ISBN : 978-1-78260-162-3 | Publisher : Garnet Education | Published : Reading
Exploring trends, motivations and behaviours in the use of mobile devices for language learning in a higher education distance learning setting (2015-08-26)
Demouy, Valérie; Kan, Qian; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Eardley, Annie
In : Eurocall 2015 (26-29 August 2015, Padua, Italy)
Using mobile devices for language learning in a higher education distance learning context: motivations and behaviours (2013-09)
Demouy, Valérie; Kan, Qian; Eardley, Annie and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes
In : EUROCALL 2013 (11-14 September 2013, Évora, Portugal)
Innovations in EAP oral assessment: the IOA project (2012)
Shrestha, Prithvi; Fayram, Joanna; Demouy, Valérie; Eardley, Annie and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes
In : 46th Annual IATEFL conference (19 - 23 March 2012, Glasgow)
The Interactive Oral Assessment (IOA) project; using Talkback® for practice and assessment of listening and speaking skills in languages (2011-09-21)
Demouy, Valérie; Eardley, Annie; Shrestha, Prithvi and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes
In : ICL 2011 Interactive Collaborative Learning (21-23 September 2011, Piešťany, Slovakia)
The Interactive Oral Assessment (IOA) Project (2011)
Eardley, Annie; Demouy, Valérie; Shrestha, Prithvi and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes
In : International Conference ICT for Language Learning (20 - 21 October 2011, Florence, Italy)
Using mobile devices for listening and speaking practice in languages: the L120 mobile project (2010)
Demouy, Valérie; Eardley, Annie; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Thomas, Rhodri
In : Eurocall 2010, Languages, Cultures and Virtual Communities (8-11 September 2010, Bordeaux, France)
The L120 Mobile Project (2009-09)
Demouy, Valérie; Eardley, Annie; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Thomas, Rhodri
In : Mobile Learning and autonomy in second language acquisition (MLASLA) (17-19 Sept 2009, Toledo, Spain)


Jenny Simpson

Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), as well as students and staff at the OU are involved in an exciting development in relation to social work education. Mend the Gap is a model for the effective involvement of people who are at the receiving end of services, together with those who provide professional support. Read more about Mend the Gap here

18th April 2018
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