Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

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.

Background

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.

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