School of Language and Global Studies
Adelphi Building, AB133
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Subject Areas: Languages and International Studies, French language, Translation and Interpreting
Philippe (L-ès-L (French BA) in Teaching English to Adults, MA (French translation and interpreting and second-language acquisition), PgDip (Computing for Business), GCE, FHEA) has worked at the university of Central Lancashire since 2012 (with a stint in the late 80s/early 90s, when it was Lancashire Polytechnic). His main interests lie in the application of the latest technological advances, particularly radio and television, to language teaching.
Philippe is a French national and comes from Mulhouse in southern Alsace.
After he completed his Licence ès Lettres in the Teaching of English Applied to Adults, Université de Haute-Alsace, he was employed by Salford University as a lector and took a modular MA there, specialising in the areas of translation and interpreting as well as second-language acquisition.
He worked at the Language Centre at the University of Sussex, then at UMIST (now part of Manchester University).
In 1989, he was appointed as a lecturer in Business French at Lancashire Polytechnic and, from January1993, moved to work as a Senior Lecturer in French at Staffordshire University. There, he took a particular interest in the World Wide Web and its multiple applications in the field of language learning. This prompted him to study for a postgraduate qualification in the School of Computing, with a particular interest for scripting languages such as PHP. He also developed a final-year course in Applied Language Teaching
After a period as a freelance language tutor/interpreter/translator (working for companies like British Aerospace and Marks and Spencer), he re-joined further and higher education teaching (working at Preston College, Lancaster University, Manchester Metropolitan University) and has been teaching French at all levels of proficiency from beginners to final-year degree students. His top priority has been, and will always remain, to motivate students using multimedia facilities (investigation into the potential of raspberry Pi computers is a prime element of research). Recently, he has been awarded the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
His particular area of interest is music, above all chanson française which, in his opinion, can play a vital role in the dissemination of French culture.