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    Tense, Aspect, Modality
    History of French
    Variation and change in French

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    Room: NW903
    Phone: 0121 204 3773
    Email: e.labeau@aston.ac.uk


    A long time ago, coming from a not so far away country, Emmanuelle joined Aston University as a language assistant. Her desire to become a better teacher spurred her into embarking on a part-time PhD on ‘The Acquisition of French Past Tenses by Anglophone Learners’, while starting an appointment as a teaching fellow.

    This got the ball rolling for a long-standing interest in all things verbal. Emmanuelle has extensively published on French tenses, their use and their evolution both on her own and in collaboration. Her research is inspired by authentic linguistic data and she has been a prolific corpus gatherer over the years and has received a number of grants for that purpose. Her current projects include a monograph on the French passé simple, work on the go- and come-periphrases with Professor Jacques Bres (Montpellier 3), a British Academy research project on French in Brussels with Professor Florence Lefebvre (Paris 3, Sorbonne nouvelle) and Dr Anne Dister (St Louis), and she is planning a study of trilingual language acquisition (featuring her son!) with Professor Tijana Asic (Kragujevac / Belgrade).

    Emmanuelle is keen to share her passion for languages with colleagues and students alike. Indeed, she has been involved in the Association for French Language Study (of which she is currently the President) since 2001 to promote French in academia, and she has organised over 10 academic conferences at Aston. She also likes to share her research in class, and to make her students budding researchers! At the University level, she was instrumental in the development of the University Wide Language Programme (that she has been heading since 2007) and initiated the launch of Languages for All, a scheme that was shortlisted for the Guardian University Awards 2013.

    Research Interests

    • Tense, aspect and mood in French as a first and a second language
    • French language (history and evolution)
    • French in Belgium and in Brussels

    Teaching Activity

    • French Language Skills (LF1005) (course convenor)
    • Hiistoire de la langue française (LF2014)
    • Contemporary French (LF3007)
    • Intepreting French (LI3203)

    PhD Supervision

    • Inès Saddour: The expression of simultaneity in Tunisian Arabic L1, French L1 and French L2 by Tunisian Arabic adult learners 
    • Said Djama Dirie (2011-): Market Languages in the Horn of Africa. 
    • Qiaochao Zhang (2009- :Developing a Pedagogical Framework for teaching the Chinese aspect marking system – a comparative study of translation method and communication method


    • PhD: The Acquisition of French past tenses by tutored Anglophone advanced learners: is aspect enough? (Aston University 2003)
    • Master degree: Licence spéciale en science de l’information et de la documentation (Université libre de Bruxelles). Grade: distinction
    • Certificat d’aptitude à l’enseignement du français, langue étrangère (Institut de Phonétique de l’ULB): grade scientifique. (Teaching French as a second language)
    • Agrégation de l’Enseignement secondaire supérieur (ULB). Grade: grande distinction. (Teaching French as a first language)
    • Licence (4 year course) en philologie romane (ULB). Grade: grande distinction.


    Director of the University Wide Language Programme (2007-2014)

    Acting Director of PG Research Programme (2015)

    External positions

    2020, Newcastle University

    2020 → …

    2016, Aberystwyth University


    2012, Heriot-Watt University

    … → 2016

    2013, Open University

    … → 2017

    2009 -2013, University of the West of England


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