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    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)

    Contact Details

    Room: NW903
    Phone: 0121 204 3773

    External positions


    … → 2016

    2013, Open University

    … → 2017

    2009 -2013, University of the West of England


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    Research Output 2000 2019

    Le futur antérieur périphrastique

    Translated title of the contribution: The French periphrastic anterior futureLabeau, E., 16 Apr 2019, In : Langue Française. 201, 1, p. 79-94 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue


    Texting the Future in Belgium and Québec: Present matters

    Tremblay, M., Blondeau, H. & Labeau, E., 11 Nov 2019, In : Journal of French Language Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Des constructions de aller et de venir grammaticalisés en auxiliaires

    Translated title of the contribution: About the Periphrases Where Aller and Venir Are Grammaticalised as AuxiliariesBrès, J. & Labeau, E., 25 Sep 2018, In : Syntaxe et Semantique. 19, p. 49-86 38 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Motion Verbs

    La grammaticalisation des périphrases en aller et venir dans les langues romanes

    Labeau, E. (ed.) & Brès, J. (ed.), 25 Sep 2018, In : Syntaxe et Semantique. 19

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

    De l'auxiliaire venir à (+ infinitif)

    Translated title of the contribution: About the aspectual auxiliary venir à (+ infinitive) Brès, J. & Labeau, E., 1 Jun 2017, In : Le Français Moderne. 2017, 1, p. 126-144 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



    Relating two simultaneous events in discourse: the role of on-goingness devices in L1 Tunisian Arabic, L1 French and L2 French by Tunisian learners

    Author: Saddour, I., Sep 2010

    Supervisor: Labeau, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    The acquisition of French past tenses by tutored anglophone advanced learners : is aspect enough?

    Author: Labeau, E., Sep 2002

    Supervisor: Larrivee, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



    Back for the future of the Cor[us de francais parle a Bruxelles

    Emmanuelle Labeau (Recipient), Oct 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Ordinary Member

    Emmanuelle Labeau (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Ordinary Member

    Emmanuelle Labeau (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Election to learned society


    Emmanuelle Labeau (Recipient), Sep 2011

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Activities 2004 2015

    Eurosla 25

    Emmanuelle Labeau (Participant)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Language Variation and Change (Journal)

    Emmanuelle Labeau (Peer reviewer)
    May 2012

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Invited talk

    Emmanuelle Labeau (Speaker)
    Apr 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (External organisation)

    Emmanuelle Labeau (Member)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Association for French Language Studies

    Emmanuelle Labeau (Participant)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference