I joined the department in 2019 as a Learning Resource Developer on the NCELP project and moved to the Research Associate role in 2022. I have worked in tertiary foreign language education since 2013, starting as a native language teacher at the University of Nice before taking up various teaching positions at the University of Glasgow. My research is applied in nature, and largely influenced by my classroom experiences. I seek to contribute to Vocabulary Studies in Languages other than English in ways that can shape the development of evidenced-based materials, tools and methodological processes for pedagogical purposes
I am interested in corpus and cognitive semantic approaches to the contrastive study of lexis across modern Romance and Germanic languages and applications of this knowledge in foreign language education. My current work focuses on corpus-based approaches to the learning, teaching and testing of French, German and Spanish vocabulary, specialising in the creation and evaluation of pedagogical word lists.
Collaborators: Emma Marsden, Laurence Anthony, Giulia Bovolenta, Rachel Hawkes
MultilingProfiler is a freely-available online vocabulary profiling tool for French, German and Spanish. Users can profile texts against embedded word frequency lists, curriculum-aligned word lists, lists corresponding to weeks in the NCELP Schemes of Work, and custom lists provided by the user. Many of the functionalities of MultilingProfiler are aligned with the needs of beginner and low-intermediate learners, for example, a unique feature which allows users to adapt embedded word lists by (de)selecting inflectional patterns in line with expected knowledge. Funded by the Department for Education.
Collaborators: Emma Marsden, Rachel Hawkes, Nick Avery
This project involved developing and piloting word lists, research-informed schemes of work and practice schedules, and syllabus-based achievement tests aligning with the new GCSE in MFL subjects. We identified established test types corresponding to relevant aspects of word knowledge, adapted the design of test items to suit the context of school pupils, developed online and pen and paper assessments for use in schools in the NCELP network, and revised the tests in line with teacher feedback. Funded by the Department for Education.