I studied French Language and Literature in the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, where I qualified as a teacher of French as a first and a foreign language.
I was awarded a PG diploma in Information and documentation from the same University. I did my PhD while teaching French at Aston University where I am a Senior Lecturer in French Language and Linguistics.
I am involved in learned societies that promote languages and especially French. I was the President of the Association for French Language Studies (AFLS) form 2011 to 2015 and I have since become their Vice-President UK Affairs.
My main current research interests include: the evolution of the French verbal system, motion periphrases in French and French in Brussels.
I am an active peer-reviewer for funding societies, academic journals and conferences and I have been an external examiner in UWE (2009-2012), Heriot-Watt (2012-16), Open University (2013-2016), Aberystwyth (2016-)