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Ms Laurence Richard M -ès-l, PGCE, M.Phil

Director of the Centre for Language Study, Senior Teaching Fellow

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Ms Laurence Richard is the Director of the Centre for Language Study in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton.

After graduating in English and Anglo-American civilisation and literature from Bordeaux University in 1997, I took a Masters in FLE (français langue étrangère) at La Sorbonne University, Paris and did a PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge.

I then chose to come to Southampton University where I was offered a place to take a Master of Philosophy in Linguistics. I submitted my thesis entitled, “Native-Speaker/ Non-Native Speaker Interactions in the Undergraduate conversation class” in 2003.

I also spent six months working as a Research Assistant, on a European-funded project looking at the training of Foreign Language Teachers across Europe.

I am the Residence Abroad Coordinator for French and I am also a member of the Student Affairs Committee.

I am a member of the Association for French Language Studies.





Research interests

My research interests are focused on the study of Native-Speaker/ Non-Native Speakers interactions in an oral setting, as well as the creation of electronic tools (Learning Objects) for the teaching of French grammar.

However, as my work as a Research Assistant shows, I also am interested in any aspects of teaching and learning foreign languages.

Research project(s)

Languages and social networks abroad (LANG-SNAP)

Social networks, target language interaction, and second language acquisition during the year abroad.

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One of my main teaching interests is the conversation class, and the ways to make it more effective as a setting to trigger more genuine interactions between interlocutors. My main teaching interest however, is the teaching of French language and the teaching of grammar in particular.

I currently coordinate stage 1, and teach stage 2, 4 and 7.

Ms Laurence Richard
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