Sylvain Blanche

Teaching Assistant

Background

I have been teaching French in Edinburgh, first at the French Institute in 2003 and then from 2005 at both Edinburgh Napier University (associate lecturer) and the University of Edinburgh (language assistant). Of French nationality, I am qualified as a business teacher in French National Education where I worked for seven years, but I have been working with around 30 hours of teaching contact a week for more than 15 years, accumulating quite a lot of experience in teaching French as a foreign language. I teach literature classes and translation from English into French, but I am specialised in Language at any level of the CEFR, from A1 to C2, for individuals and groups (companies/institutions or university classes) with a 10 to 100 year old age range.

I also trained secondary school teachers from all over Europe. I have all the accreditations needed to assess French as a Foreign Language official exams (Delf/Dalf, TEF). 

I created and have been managing a cross-university writing competition in partnership with the French Institute and the Franco-Scottish Society (Edinburgh branch) since 2016. In 2017, my colleague Anne-Laure Brugnon and I created Babble - the DELC magazine in creative writing - with for the University of Edinburgh.

I have been involved in several outreach activities, notably with the City of Edinburgh Council, and I am now the Widening Participation Officer for the French and Francophone Studies Section.

As a freelancer, I am the co-author of "Methode integrale - L'anglais des affaires" (Harrap's) and I have participated in the production of several books/textbooks/dictionaries/educational apps.

Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificates in Education both in France and the UK.

Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy