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.