Emilie Grinan-Coley BA, MA

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Department of Modern Languages
Language Tutor in French

Contact details

Address
Ashley Building, Room 120
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I am a native speaker of French, and come from the Franche-Comté region in Eastern France. I have been teaching French at the University of Birmingham since 2006, and have 15 years of experience teaching French as Foreign Language in France and the UK.

Qualifications

Master in Applied Linguistics

Maitrise de Français Langue Etrangère

BA in English Literature and Civilisation

Biography

I studied English literature and civilisation at the University of Franche-Comté, in France, where I obtained a “Licence” (equivalent to BA). I then decided to focus my studies on specializing in teaching French as a Foreign Language and I studied for a Maitrise in “FLE” (Francais Langue Etrangère). I carried on with research by completing a Master’s degree in Linguistics, and my dissertation was entitled “Strategies and exolingual communication: tandems between non-native and native speakers of French in telephone interactions (the SCOTLANG experience)”. I was also involved in teaching content modules to undergraduate students in the Linguistics Department.

In 2005, I decided to move to England and started as a “lectrice” at Nottingham Trent University, where I taught conversation classes to undergraduate students in the French Studies Department. I also taught IWLP classes for the Language Centre. In 2006, I started working at the University of Birmingham as a tutor of French.

Teaching

I have been teaching French to students (undergraduates & Open Access students) at a wide range of levels.  I have also been involved in the content creation and delivery of new and innovative modules, such as French for Medics, Tandem Learning module, Distance Learning Level 3 and Level 4.

Research

Master’s degree was focused on language learning and communication strategies, native/non-native interactions and development of the communicative competence, based on a corpus of native/non-native oral conversations.

Papers

2005: Interaction, collaboration et appropriation des langues dans une communication exolingue spécifique : étude de conversations entre anglophones et francophones. 10th International Conference of the European Doctoral Network Moving beyond the classroom? New learning environments for language learning, Limerick, Ireland, 10-11 of June 2005.

2005 : La gestion de l’altérité dans la communication exolingue. Conference Penser l’altérité, Doctoral School Langages, Espaces, Temps, Sociétés, University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France, 13 of May 2005.

2004 : A quoi sert l’apprentissage des langues étrangères ? le cas institutionnel de l’Ecosse. 9th International Conference of the European Doctoral Network Enseignement des Langues, Formation, Education, Besançon, 14-15 October 2004.

2003 : Expérience pédagogique, dimension holistique et relation interpersonnelle entre participants natifs et non natifs dans des interactions téléphoniques. 8th International Conference of the European Doctoral Network Holistic Approaches to languageLearning, Stirling, Scotland, 31 October/1 November 2003.

Other activities

I regularly give talks at “Cercles Français” in the UK. The topics are varied but politics is my preferred one.

Recently I have been a reviewer for a French book (French 1, 2nd Edition) published by Palgrave MacMillan.

Public talks

2016: 5th Republic: political scandals under De Gaulle, Pompidou and Giscard D’Estaing (1958-1981) Public talk atthe Anglo-French Society of Birmingham, French Society of Coventry

2015: Youth in France, comparing 2 generations (1945-2015) , Public talk at the Anglo-French Society of Birmingham, and the French Society of Aldridge.

2014: 5th Republic: Political scandals in France from 1981 to 2014, Public talk atthe Anglo-French Society of Birmingham, French society of Coventry, French Society of Aldridge.

2012: Baudelaire, poet of the 19th century, Public talk at the Anglo-French Society of Birmingham, French circles of Esher and Waverley.

2010-2013: Franche-Comté, an unknown region, Public talk at the French society of Aldridge, the Anglo-French Society of Birmingham, French circle of Esher, French circle of Waverley, French circle of Hereford.

Publications

2007: Interaction, collaboration et appropriation des langues dans une communication exolingue spécifique : étude de conversations entre anglophones et francophones in New Learning Environments for Language Learning, Moving beyond the classroom? Conacher Jean E/Kelly-Holmes Helen (eds.), Series Kolloquium Fremdsprachenunterricht- Volume 28, Peter Lang.

2006 : A quoi sert l’apprentissage des langues étrangères : le cas institutionnel de l’Ecosse in Pourquoi apprendre des langues ? Orientations pragmatiques et pédagogiques. Bach Gerhard/Holtzer Gisèle (éds.), Series Kolloquium Fremdsprachenunterricht - Volume 23, Peter Lang.

2005 : Expérience pédagogique à distance entre natifs et non natifs : perspective holistique dans l’interprétation des donnéesin Holistic Approaches to Language Learning. Penman Christine (ed.) SeriesKolloquium Fremdsprachenunterricht - Volume 20, Peter Lang.