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Dr Elodie Vialleton

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Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in French in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, and currently Deputy Associate Dean (Teaching Excellence) in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies.

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, Associate Head of School (Curriculum) in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics from 2016-2019, and interim Head of School in 2018-2019. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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 the new module L112 French Studies 1 (intermediate), launched in 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.

Research interests

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.

Teaching interests

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.

Impact and engagement

From 2013-17 I was the Honorary Treasurer of the University Council of Modern Languages. I am a member of the Association for French Language Studies and a Governor at a primary school in Leicester.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Language and Literacies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies


The Notions of Control and Consciousness in Learner Autonomy and Self-Regulated Learning: a comparison and critique (2011-07)
Lewis, Tim and Vialleton, Elodie
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 5(2) (pp. 205-219)

Les interrogatives en anglais oral spontané: intonation et énonciation (2000)
Passot, Frédérique; Szlamowicz, Jean and Vialleton, Elodie
Anglophonia-Sigma, 8 (pp. 125-152)

Moving your language teaching online. Evaluation of a free online toolkit provided for language teachers in Higher Education (2022)
von Lindeiner-Strasky, Karina; Pulker, Hélène and Vialleton, Elodie
In: Emke, Martina and Stickler, Ursula eds. Online language teaching: Crises and creativities
Publisher : Castledown (In Press)

Well-rounded graduates – what languages can do (2021-02-26)
Pulker, Helene; Stickler, Ursula and Vialleton, Elodie
In: Plutino, Alessia and Polisca, Elena eds. Languages at work, competent multilinguals and the pedagogical challenges of COVID-19 (pp. 23-35)
Publisher :

Reconsidering the authenticity of speech in French language teaching: theory, data, methodology, and practice (2014-06-01)
Vialleton, Elodie and Lewis, Tim
In: Tyne, Henry; Andre, Virginie; Boulton, Alex and Benzitoun, Christophe eds. French through Corpora: Ecological and Data-Driven Perspectives in French Language Studies (pp. 293-316)
ISBN : 978-1-4438-5831-1 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle-upon-Tyne

French Studies at the Open University: pointers to the future (2011-06)
Coleman, James A. and Vialleton, Elodie
In: Lane, Philippe and Worton, Michael eds. French Studies in and for the 21st Century (pp. 235-246)
ISBN : 978-1-84631-656-2 | Publisher : Liverpool University Press | Published : Liverpool

Le français parlé au XXIe siècle: Volume 1, Normes et variations géographiques et sociales (2008-01)
Abécassis, Michaël; Ayosso, Laure and Vialleton, Elodie eds.
Espaces discursifs
ISBN : 978-2296044074 | Publisher : L'Harmattan | Published : Paris

Le français parlé au XXIe siècle : Volume 2, Normes et variations dans les discours et en interaction (2008-01)
Abécassis, Michaël; Ayosso, Laure and Vialleton, Elodie eds.
Espaces discursifs
ISBN : 978-2296044081 | Publisher : L'Harmattan | Published : Paris

Intercultural Communicative Competence and Employability in the Languages Curriculum at the Open University UK (2017)
Baumann, Uwe and Vialleton, Elodie
In : Intercultural Communicative Competence – A Competitive Advantage for Global Employability (22-23 Jun 2017, Prague) (pp. 35-45)

Learners’ perceptions of online elements in a beginners’ language blended course – implications for CALL design (2015-12-02)
Pulker, Hélène and Vialleton, Elodie
In : EUROCALL 2015 (26-29 Aug 2015, Padova, Italy) (pp. 475-479)

Online revision and assessment on a beginners’ French course: using learning analytics to understand language learners’ behaviors (2014)
Pulker, Helene and Vialleton, Elodie
In : CALICO conference 2014: Open, Online, Massive: The Future of Language Learning? (6-10 May 2014, Ohio University)

The spoken language in beginners’ French language textbooks: 1573-2014 (2014)
Vialleton, Elodie
In : Connecting Cultures?: An International Conference on the History of Teaching and Learning Second/Foreign Languages, 1500-2000 (2-5 Jul 2014, University of Nottingham)

Compréhension du français oral spontané par les débutants en FLE : contributions croisées de la linguistique et de la didactique des langues aux méthodologies d’enseignement et de recherche (2013-11-15)
Vialleton, Elodie
In : Cultures de recherche en linguistique appliquée / Research cultures in applied linguistics (14-16 Nov 2013, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France)

Online and mobile applications and resources for autonomous language learning: technological and methodological approaches (2013-06-12)
Vialleton, Elodie
In : CALRG Annual Conference 2013 (11-12 Jun 2013, Milton Keynes)

Apprendre le français oral en autonomie à l’ère de l’internet et du CECR: outils technologiques et approches pédagogiques (2013-05-03)
Vialleton, Elodie
In : Journée du Français : de la Genèse de la Langue à Internet (3 May 2013, Oxford, UK)

A century of spoken French in language learning: have representations and practices changed? (2012-06-01)
Vialleton, Elodie and Lewis, Timothy
In : Annual Conference of the Association for French Language Studies (1-3 Jun 2012, Newcastle University)

Reconsidering authenticity: using spontaneous speech to develop listening skills in adult beginner distance learners of French (2011-09)
Vialleton, Elodie and Lewis, Tim
In : Annual Conference of the Association for French Language Studies (8-10 Sep 2011, Nancy, France)

Partnerships with the Open University department of languages: current experience and future opportunities (2010-02)
Vialleton, Elodie and Lewis, Timothy
In : Les partenariats universitaires franco-britanniques (5 Feb 2010, London, UK)

Tookit "Moving your Language Teaching Online"
von Lindeiner-Stráský, Karina; Pulker, Hélène; Barkanyi, Zsuzsanna; Pleines, Christine and Vialleton, Elodie
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