Research Student: Valerie Nave
My research Is about 5 case studies of multilingual children growing up in the Yorkshire and experiencing French and English language on a daily basis without the academic support in French apart from the fact that they are sent to a complementary school
Submission Date: June 2015
My research is about five case studies of multilingual children growing up in the Yorkshire and experiencing French and English language on a daily basis. The childrn in the case studies do not have academic support in French, apart from the fact that they are sent to a complementary school on Saturdays for two and a half hours.
I am a French citizen. I am married and have four daughters.
I spent the first nineteen years of my life in France and moved to the UK for a couple of years until my husband finished his PhD. Then I moved to the United Arab Emirates where I completed my B.A. in English language and translation. I stayed for about fourteen years. Meanwhile I undertook an M.A. in Linguistics and English Language Teaching in 1995-1996 in the University of Leeds.
In 2004, I came back to the UK for good. I started a PhD in 2010.
My previous employment was in a language centre where I work as a lecturer.
What motivated me to undertake PhD study?
I wanted to know what research is about. I enjoy being in educated environment.
I have also reached an age that pushes me to learn how to make a difference in the world even if it is a tiny one.
What makes me passionate about my subject?
My area of study is a passion because first of all, it concerns my family directly and secondly, as the educational system is not always appropriate for children with a home language different from the majority, I have become passionate in exploring more about this context.
What are my plans once I have completed my PhD?
I intend to look for a job in a language centre.