With a first class degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) and a PhD in Modern French Poetry (thesis title: ‘Un poème doit mouler la vérité’ Language and perception in the poetry of Pierre Albert-Birot (1876-1967)) from Leeds University, I joined Swansea University as a full-time tutor in French in 2001, and since then have taught various undergraduate and postgraduate modules in French language, literature and culture.

Publications

  1. Pierre Albert-Birot: A New Mimesis, Another Modernism. Nottingham French Studies 47(1), 89-102.

Teaching

  • ML-320 Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation

    This module introduces you to the practice of research and dissertation writing in the field of Modern Languages and will guide you in the first part of your dissertation preparation. Areas covered include: selecting a relevant topic, asking relevant research questions, preparing and writing up a literature review, preparing and writing up a research proposal, research methods and library research tools, making use of foreign-language sources, structuring your dissertation, analysis and argumentation, compiling a bibliography. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have three meetings with your supervisor. By the end of the module you will have developed your dissertation topic, know what methodology you will use and have acquired knowledge of how to organise and lay out your dissertation. Assessment for the module consists of a literature review, a research proposal and a presentation.

  • ML-321 Modern Languages Dissertation

    This module provides students with the opportunity to research one aspect of French, German, Italian or Hispanic culture in detail, and to present the findings of their research in a dissertation of 8000 words. The module will be taught by means of four practical seminars on research and writing skills, and through three formal supervision sessions with a dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to find a topic, suggest research strategies, agree a suitable title, discuss the structure of your dissertation, and will read closely and comment on one draft chapter. The topic may relate to a module you are doing at Level 3, provided that this does not involve a duplication of material and is agreed with the module coordinator in advance. The dissertations may be written in English, in your target language, or in Welsh (where Welsh-medium provision is available).

  • MLF101 French for Beginners I

    This module is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the French language. Its aim is to enable students to acquire a basic vocabulary and an understanding of fundamental grammatical structures so as to allow them to communicate in written and spoken French. Students will also acquire awareness of contemporary French culture from the range of materials used. Students wishing to pursue further study of French will be able to do so on completion of this module by taking MLF102.

  • MLF102 French for Beginners II

    This module follows on from MLF101 and is designed for students with little or no knowledge of French. It is designed to extend the range of vocabulary and familiarity with grammatical structures acquired in MLF101 and to enhance students¿ cultural awareness of contemporary France. Students wishing to continue with French at hgher levels may be able to do so on satisfactory completion of MLF101 and MLF102.

  • MLF160AW Iaith Ffrangeg 1A

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn gosod sylfaen ar gyfer astudio Ffrangeg ar lefel uwch, a fydd yn galluogi myfyrwyr i feithrin y sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Ffrangeg mewn amgylchiadau cyffredinol a phroffesiynol. Nod y modiwl yw atgyfnerthu ac ymestyn y sgiliau iaith a ddatblygwyd gan fyfyrwyr wrth astudio Safon Uwch (neu gymhwyster cyfwerth) a hwyluso datblygiad eu hyfedredd ieithyddol. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Ffrangeg, gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith, ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu, dehongli a siarad am faterion sy'n berthnasol i gymdeithas a diwylliant Ffrengig cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno Ffrangeg Proffesiynol iddynt, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Ffrangeg ym myd gwaith. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Ffrangeg yn bennaf. Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio'n aml ar y cyd ag MLF160BW. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLF160A. This module is the foundation of advanced level study of French which will equip students with the skills needed to use French in day-to-day life and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary French society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of French in contexts relating to the world of work. Classes are mainly conducted in French. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLF160B. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLF160AW.

  • MLF160BW Iaith Ffrangeg 1B

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn gosod sylfaen ar gyfer astudio Ffrangeg ar lefel uwch, a fydd yn galluogi myfyrwyr i feithrin y sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Ffrangeg mewn amgylchiadau cyffredinol a phroffesiynol. Nod y modiwl yw atgyfnerthu ac ymestyn y sgiliau iaith a ddatblygwyd gan fyfyrwyr wrth astudio Safon Uwch (neu gymhwyster cyfwerth) a hwyluso datblygiad eu hyfedredd ieithyddol. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Ffrangeg, gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith, ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu, dehongli a siarad am faterion sy'n berthnasol i gymdeithas a diwylliant Ffrengig cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno Ffrangeg Proffesiynol iddynt, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Ffrangeg ym myd gwaith. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Ffrangeg yn bennaf. Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio'n aml ar y cyd ag MLF160AW. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLF160B. This module is the foundation of advanced level study of French which will equip students with the skills needed to use French in day-to-day life and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary French society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of French in contexts relating to the world of work. Classes are mainly conducted in French. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLF160A. There is a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLF160BW.

  • MLF220 Paris

    The capital city of France is renowned as the capital of the nineteenth century, the arts and modernity. This module will introduce you to the unique cultural environment of Paris, and you will analyse its evolution from the nineteenth century to the present day. The main focus of the module will be the images of the city as mediated in fiction, art and iconography, architecture, music and film. The module explores the changing urban environment in Paris and its adjacent suburbs, from Baron Haussmann's controversial infrastructure projects in the nineteenth century, to the post-war construction of the HLM in the banlieues, to the twentieth-first century. The module will also examine the reputation of Paris as the capital of romance and its contemporary status as a multicultural metropolis.

  • MLF300 French for Professional Purposes 3

    This module is designed to be of interest and relevance not only to specialist language students, but also to other students of French who welcome the opportunity to extend the range of their linguistic experience and competence.

  • MLF307A Love, Lust and the Meaning of Life: A Theme in French Literature

    This module examines key works of French literature from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Although all very different, each one centres on a profound examination of the human condition and takes human sexuality as a key (although not always exclusive) focus for study. The module should enhance your knowledge of French literature in general, as well as giving you a more detailed knowledge of the particular works under study. It should improve your reading and comprehension skills in French and your abilities in analysis and organization of material, as well as providing you with the skills to offer close readings of key texts from different eras and to engage critically with the concept of literary evolution via the study of the course's central themes.

  • MLFM06 Beginners French for Postgraduate Students

    This module is designed for postgraduate students with little or no previous knowledge of the French language. It combines the curricula and assessment methods of two modules in French for Beginners, MLF101 and MLF102, into a single 20-credit package. Its aim is to enable students to acquire an intermediate-level vocabulary and understanding of grammatical structures so as to allow them to communicate effectively in written and spoken French. Students will also acquire awareness of contemporary French culture from the range of materials used.

  • MLT307 Interpreting - Health Option

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation, and Bilateral Consecutive modes of Interpreting (including Telephone Interpreting). The context is Health, covering a selection of topics in the following areas: Structure of the NHS and the equivalent National Health Services in the other cultures studied; General Practice, Physiology and Professionals: The Role of the GP & The Role of the Consultants; Diseases: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prognosis (conditions and diseases of the Circulatory, Digestive, Respiratory, Reproductive and Urinary Systems); and Mental Health. There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and language-laboratory based practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Lab. (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies)

  • MLT330 Interpreting - Local Government Option

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation, and Bilateral Consecutive modes of Interpreting (including Telephone Interpreting). The context is Local Government, covering a selection of topics in the areas of Council Structures, Council Services, Social Services, Environmental Health & Protection, and Education. There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and Language Laboratory practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Lab. (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies)

  • MLTM07 Interpreting - Health Option & Introduction to Conference Interpreting

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation (L1 into L2 and L2 into L1), Bilateral Consecutive (including Telephone Interpreting), Conference Consecutive, and Simultaneous-Whispering modes of Interpreting. The contexts are Health issues and Current Affairs, covering a selection of topics in the following areas: Structure of the NHS and the equivalent National Health Services in the other countries studied; General Practice, Physiology and Professionals: The Role of the GP & The Role of the Consultants; A&E cases; Diseases: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prognosis (conditions and diseases of the Circulatory, Digestive, Respiratory, Reproductive and Urinary Systems); Mental Health and Current Affairs related to Health issues of the cultures involved (Language 1 & Language 2). There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and Language Laboratory practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Language Laboratory (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Health), examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies). Successful candidates will also be encouraged to apply to the European Commission Directorate General for Interpretation placement and freelance opportunities.

  • MLTM30 Interpreting - Local Government Option & Introduction to Conference Interpreting

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation (L1 into L2 and L2 into L1), Bilateral Consecutive (including Telephone Interpreting), Conference Consecutive, and Simultaneous-Whispering modes of Interpreting. The contexts are Local Government and Current Affairs, covering a selection of topics in the areas of Council Structures, Council Services, Social Services, Environmental Health & Protection, Education and Current Affairs of the cultures involved (Language 1 & Language 2). This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies). Successful candidates will also be encouraged to apply to the European Commission Directorate General for Interpretation placement and freelance opportunities.