Thomas Chaurin

Director of Languages for All

Background

Thomas Chaurin holds a Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Rennes 2. He has an extensive experience in language teaching, language teachers’ training, curriculum development, the Common European Framework of Reference for languages and its applications (e.g. European Language Portfolio, Reference Level Descriptors, international language qualifications, European Profiling Grid), quality processes, and management of academic teams and of organisations.

Prior to joining the Centre for Open Learning, Thomas was a Research Associate at Moray House School of Education taking part in a research project analysing the factors of successful language learning in Scottish schools. He was previously the Scotland based Education Attaché of the French Embassy in the UK (2014-2018), the Executive Director of the Alliance Française of Washington DC (2010-2013) and of the Alliance Française of Calgary (2007-2010). Thomas has also held academic roles in France, Spain, Chile, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Slovakia.

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Scottish members representative on the Executive Commitee of the Association of University Language Communities in the UK and Ireland
  • UNILANG External Examiner

Undergraduate teaching

Thomas teaches the Languages and Cultures courses within the Access programme, and a French Advanced course within the Short Courses programme.

Project activity

Thomas contributes to TILES, a self-evaluation tool designed to drive improvement in languages learning and teaching in schools:

https://www.tiles.education.ed.ac.uk/