Lecturer
Modern Languages
Telephone: (01792) 602073
Room: Store - 307
Third Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

As a French Lecturer I have focussed on developing employability via E-Learning, as well as immersive techniques for Language Learning.

Teaching in Swansea has allowed me to develop pedagogies and structures for teaching and learning, as well as participate actively in the ongoing development of E-Learning at national and international levels. Since 2010 I have attended, presented and given workshops at Southampton for the LLAS E-Learning Symposium. I enjoy being a part of the evolution and community of E-Learning, and being at the forefront of this cutting edge discipline. I always give thought to new and more efficient ways of using new technologies, for teaching or organizing teaching, and have developed the successful 3rd Year Film Studio presentation as well as the Translation and Interpreting Masters’ course ‘Audio Visual Adaptations’ in conjunction with Professor Andy Rothwell.

My long term goal and philosophy is developing harmonious relationships between career-orientated employability and language learning, in all the courses I teach.

Born in London to a French mother and British Father, I was educated at French Schools in London, such as the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, and so my upbringing, in Britain and France, has gifted me with a total bilingual disposition in French and English as well as a deep understanding of both of these cultures. I also lived in Spain for 2 years and speak fluent Spanish.

I spent a year at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid after graduating from UCL, and then studied at UC Davis, California under the guidance of esteemed professors, such as Maria Manea Manoliu, Marc Blanchard and Georges Van Den Abbeele.

As well as E-Learning my passions are Linguistics, Literature, Creative Writing, Web development, and Translation.

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).

  • MLF160A French Language 1A

    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.

  • MLF160B French Language 1B

    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.

  • MLF270A Intermediate French Language 2A

    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 in their beginners' language modules 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 MLF270B. There is a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLF270AW.

  • MLF270B Intermediate French Language 2B

    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 in their beginners' language modules 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 sustainability. Classes are mainly conducted in French. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLF270A. There is a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLF270BW.

  • MLF310 French Translation Workshop 3

    This module aims to improve your skills in translation from French to English. In doing this you will develop awareness of different types of translation and different techniques required of translators and strategies employed by them.

  • MLF330A French General Language 3A

    This module is the culmination of advanced level study of French which will equip students with the skills needed to communicate orally and in writing at a near-native level. This module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students from the beginners and advanced language pathways. It concentrates on developing clarity, fluency, organisation, structure and accuracy in written and spoken French, establishing a firm understanding of the finer points of the language relating to grammar and discourse, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, and speak about issues related to contemporary francophone society and culture. Classes are mainly conducted in French. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLF330B. There is also a Welsh- medium version of this module: MLS330AW.

  • MLF330B French General Language 3B

    This module offers practice and development of skills in translation from English to French and French oral and communication skills. Writing and oral classes will give you practice in the exercises covered by the module, and will be supported by a series of grammar workshops that will reinforce your existing grammatical knowledge as well as introducing new concepts. For this module, the workshops will cover French parts of speech other than verbs and other grammatical structures (interrogatives, negatives and word order).

  • MLFR02 Semester Abroad University of Lyon III (Jean Moulin)

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills

  • MLFR07 Year Abroad - Universite de Savoie

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills, experience life at a French University where you will be taught in French, and the opportunity for immersion in French Culture.

  • MLFR08 Year Abroad - Universite de Angers

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills, experience life at a French University where you will be taught in French, and the opportunity for immersion in French Culture.

  • MLFR10 Year Abroad - Universite de Franche-Comte

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills, experience life at a French University where you will be taught in French, and the opportunity for immersion in French Culture.

  • MLFR12 Year Abroad - Universite de Pau et des Pays de l

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills, experience life at a French University where you will be taught in French, and the opportunity for immersion in French Culture.

  • MLFR13 Year Abroad - Universite de Bretagne Occidentale

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills, experience life at a French University where you will be taught in French, and the opportunity for immersion in French Culture.

  • MLFS02 Universite d'Angers

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills, experience life at a French University where you will be taught in French, and the opportunity for immersion in French Culture.

  • MLGS02 Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills, experience life at a French University where you will be taught in French, and the opportunity for immersion in French Culture.

  • MLSS02 Universidad de Zaragoza

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills, experience life at a Spanish University where you will be taught in Spanish, and the opportunity for immersion in Spanish Culture.

  • MLTM19 Audiovisual Adaptation

    Accessibility legislation is combining with globalisation to create an expanding professional market for audiovisual adaptation. Films and TV programmes need to be subtitled or dubbed into other languages for sale abroad, but same-language subtitling also serves the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing at home. Audio-description of the setting and action of plays and films, or of museum artefacts, enhances the enjoyment of people who are blind or visually-impaired (the BBC is now audio describing 20% of its content, including popular soaps, dramas, comedies and children's programmes). In each case, the content of a predominantly visual medium has to be transposed into words, in either the original or a different language, which are then re-presented on screen or in speech (by voiceover). This module, which will be of particular interest to MA students of Communication and Media Practice, and Translation and Interpreting Studies, provides an introduction to the history, theory and ideology of audiovisual adaptation from the silent cinema to the present day. Its main focus is on the different techniques of analysis and (re-)writing required by subtitling, dubbing and audio description, and on the use of appropriate software to perform those tasks. Assessment takes the form of a practical audiovisual adaptation project (50%) with reflective report (50%).

Supervision

  • The Technical and Ideological manipulations in the Political Subtitling of Digital Media Outlets (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Julien Hamilton-Hart
    Other supervisor: Dr Salwa El-Awa
  • Translating linguistic and semiotic culture-bound references in animated films into Arabic: «br /» Disney films as a case study«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Julien Hamilton-Hart
    Other supervisor: Dr Salwa El-Awa

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Year Abroad Coordinator for Outgoing Students - Swansea University

    2009 - Present

  • Year Abroad Coordinator for Incoming Students - Swansea University

    2013 - Present

  • Employability officer for French Department - Swansea University

    2010 - 2014

  • Web officer, French department - Swansea University

    2014 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2009 2009 Lecturer of 17th, 18th and 19th Century Literature. University College London
2007 2008 Lecturer of French and Spanish, and Language Lab Director University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
2002 2006 Teaching Assistant University of California, Davis

External Responsibilities