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Dr Elodie Vialleton

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer (French)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • elodie.vialleton

Professional biography

I am currently interim Head of School in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics.

I joined the Open University as a Lecturer in French in 2005, and have since become a Senior Lecturer. I was Head of French from 2008 to 2014, Associate Head of Department (Languages) and Head of Qualification (Certificate in Higher Education) from 2014 to 2016, and I have been Associate Head of School (Curriculum) in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics since 2016. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have taught on all the French modules currently offered at the Open University, from ab initio to degree level. I was also a joint module team chair of the production of our Intermediate Italian module and a module team member on the Intermediate German module. Since 2014 I have been chair of the production of the new module L112 French Studies 1 (intermediate), launched in 2017.

Before joining the Open University, I taught French language, grammar and translation at Worcester College, Oxford, and English linguistics, phonology and translation at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. I was a Visiting Lecturer at Dartmouth College, USA, in 1993-94. I hold qualified teacher status in France (Agrégation) and I am a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure (Fontenay St Cloud) in Paris, France.

Research interests

My main research interest is the linguistic analysis and teaching of spoken French and English. I am currently doing research on the use of naturally-occurring speech in language teaching.

I have done some research on learning design in distance language teaching.

I was also involved in the TRIDEM project with colleagues from the Open University, the Université de Franche-Comté and Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and 2006. This looked at bilingual telecollaboration between students of these three universities using synchronous and asynchronous online tools.

Teaching interests

Since I started working at the Open University, I have written course materials for most of our French modules. I have also contributed to Italian and German modules, and to Exploring languages and cultures, our module introducing language studies and intercultural communication.

I am particularly interested in the teaching of listening and speaking skills, especially at a distance, and in the use of authentic speech in language teaching. I am also interested in the use of technology in language learning and teaching. I have contributed to projects exploring the use of online conferencing and online tools in our language modules.

Impact and engagement

From 2013-17 I was the Honorary Treasurer of the University Council of Modern Languages. I am a member of the Association for French Language Studies and a Governor at a primary school in Leicester.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Language and Literacies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies


The Notions of Control and Consciousness in Learner Autonomy and Self-Regulated Learning: a comparison and critique (2011-07)
Lewis, Tim and Vialleton, Elodie
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 5(2) (pp. 205-219)
Les interrogatives en anglais oral spontané: intonation et énonciation (2000)
Passot, Frédérique; Szlamowicz, Jean and Vialleton, Elodie
Anglophonia-Sigma, 8 (pp. 125-152)
Reconsidering the authenticity of speech in French language teaching: theory, data, methodology, and practice (2014-06-01)
Vialleton, Élodie and Lewis, Tim
In: Tyne, Henry; André, Virginie; Boulton, Alex and Benzitoun, Christophe eds. French through Corpora: Ecological and Data-Driven Perspectives in French Language Studies (pp. 293-316)
ISBN : 978-1-4438-5831-1 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle-upon-Tyne
French Studies at the Open University: pointers to the future (2011-06)
Coleman, James A. and Vialleton, Elodie
In: Lane, Philippe and Worton, Michael eds. French Studies in and for the 21st Century (pp. 235-246)
ISBN : 978-1-84631-656-2 | Publisher : Liverpool University Press | Published : Liverpool
Le français parlé au XXIe siècle: Volume 1, Normes et variations géographiques et sociales (2008-01)
Abécassis, Michaël; Ayosso, Laure and Vialleton, Elodie eds.
Espaces discursifs
ISBN : 978-2296044074 | Publisher : L'Harmattan | Published : Paris
Le français parlé au XXIe siècle : Volume 2, Normes et variations dans les discours et en interaction (2008-01)
Abécassis, Michaël; Ayosso, Laure and Vialleton, Elodie eds.
Espaces discursifs
ISBN : 978-2296044081 | Publisher : L'Harmattan | Published : Paris
Intercultural Communicative Competence and Employability in the Languages Curriculum at the Open University UK (2017)
Baumann, Uwe and Vialleton, Elodie
In : Intercultural Communicative Competence – A Competitive Advantage for Global Employability (22-23 Jun 2017, Prague) (pp. 35-45)
Online revision and assessment on a beginners’ French course: using learning analytics to understand language learners’ behaviors (2014)
Pulker, Helene and Vialleton, Elodie
In : CALICO conference 2014: Open, Online, Massive: The Future of Language Learning? (6-10 May 2014, Ohio University)
The spoken language in beginners’ French language textbooks: 1573-2014 (2014)
Vialleton, Elodie
In : Connecting Cultures?: An International Conference on the History of Teaching and Learning Second/Foreign Languages, 1500-2000 (2-5 Jul 2014, University of Nottingham)
Compréhension du français oral spontané par les débutants en FLE : contributions croisées de la linguistique et de la didactique des langues aux méthodologies d’enseignement et de recherche (2013-11-15)
Vialleton, Elodie
In : Cultures de recherche en linguistique appliquée / Research cultures in applied linguistics (14-16 Nov 2013, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France)
Online and mobile applications and resources for autonomous language learning: technological and methodological approaches (2013-06-12)
Vialleton, Elodie
In : CALRG Annual Conference 2013 (11-12 Jun 2013, Milton Keynes)
Apprendre le français oral en autonomie à l’ère de l’internet et du CECR: outils technologiques et approches pédagogiques (2013-05-03)
Vialleton, Elodie
In : Journée du Français : de la Genèse de la Langue à Internet (3 May 2013, Oxford, UK)
A century of spoken French in language learning: have representations and practices changed? (2012-06-01)
Vialleton, Elodie and Lewis, Timothy
In : Annual Conference of the Association for French Language Studies (1-3 Jun 2012, Newcastle University)
Reconsidering authenticity: using spontaneous speech to develop listening skills in adult beginner distance learners of French (2011-09)
Vialleton, Elodie and Lewis, Tim
In : Annual Conference of the Association for French Language Studies (8-10 Sep 2011, Nancy, France)
Partnerships with the Open University department of languages: current experience and future opportunities (2010-02)
Vialleton, Elodie and Lewis, Timothy
In : Les partenariats universitaires franco-britanniques (5 Feb 2010, London, UK)