Laurence Giraud

Laurence Giraud



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Laurence Giraud, graduated in English Language and Literature at the University of Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne (France) and did the Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the former Saint Andrews College of Education, Glasgow (Merit). Taught French at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan (Canada), The University of Strathclyde, Continuing Education Department at the University of Glasgow and at the Alliance Française in Glasgow before setting up the Languages section at the former Department of Accounting, Economics and Languages at the University of the West of Scotland in 1990.
She was the Programme Leader for the former BA Languages Programme (ended in August 2014). She is currently the Global Opportunities coordinator for languages on behalf of the School of Education and Social Sciences and the programme organiser of visiting scholars from European partners (Czech Republic, Belgium, Norway, France, Spain and Switzerland) who have given in-depth, first-hand, up-to-date, vocationally appropriate lectures and some research links and scholarship activities have been established with some of them.

As part of her Global Opportunities coordinator duties, she is also in charge of inward/outward student mobility within the Division of Education which has led to many field trips abroad at partner institutions from 2014 up till now. She has also organised short mobility (one or two months) and long mobility (one term or one year) placements abroad mainly for BA Education students but not exclusively.

More recently, in September 2022, Laurence worked successfully towards UWS SESS becoming an official member of exclusive Comenius Association European Teacher & Social Education Network promoting and developing intercultural exchanges and skills.

Her main research interests are in the cultural , social, political, economical and environnemental issues in contemporary France but also improving students as lifelong learners and pedagogical aspects of language learning and teaching. She is currently  investigating the key issues  and challenges that Scottish Education Authorities are facing with regard to language learning provision in terms of teacher and probationary teacher supply, teacher support and professional development.

Her publications dealt with assessing work placements abroad and challenges associated with outward mobility as well as evaluating the value of inward mobility within her own institution.
She has also published on the impact of the 1+ 2 Languages policy with regard to delivery of the French language and culture in the Scottish Primary Education sector.

External positions

2022, Comenius Association European Teacher & Social Education Network

29 Sept 2022 → …

External Examiner, University of Dundee

1 Oct 201630 Sept 2020

External Examiner for Glasgow Caledonian University.


UCMLS Member


External Examiner for University of Teesside, Middlesbrough



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