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Staff Profile

Alison Organ

Senior Lecturer; European Languages Programme Lead

Staff profile

MA (Oxford), PGCE (York), Dip Trans (Institute of Linguists), SFHEA 

I have been a lecturer at York St John University since 2008.

After graduating from St Hugh’s College, Oxford, gaining a distinction in spoken French, I took my PGCE at the University of York, then taught English as a foreign language in Munich for 2 years, followed by seven years teaching at secondary level. On leaving school teaching to raise a family, I undertook the Institute of Linguists’ Diploma in Translation. After working freelance for several years, I taught at the University of York on the IT, Business and Languages degree, before moving to York St John University full time in 2012.

Teaching

I am Programme Lead for European Languages, and teach modules in French to Proficiency level (C1) for the Joint Honours degree in Languages, as well as the level 6 'Professional Linguist' module. I also supervise students' level 6 research projects in French, and I am the university-based link tutor for the YSJ Secondary School Direct PGCE (MFL) course

Professional Activities

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

I tweet regularly about matters relating to language teaching, and am actively engaged in supporting language education at all levels. I believe strongly in the benefits of teaching languages at primary school, and work closely with the Education department to support Primary Education students with language skills. I also co-organise (with ALL North East) the annual Northern Primary Languages show held at York St John University every November.

Publications and conferences

All available at https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/

Organ, Alison (2019) L’éléphant dans la salle / la pièce / le salon? Student use of Google Translate for L2 assignments: student and staff attitudes, and implications for university policy. In: Translation Technology in Education – Facilitator or Risk?, 05/07/2019, University of Nottingham. (Unpublished)

Organ, Alison (2018) What do students’ chatroom discussions tell us about their attitudes to the use of Google Translate for coursework assignments? In: Google Translate & Modern Languages Education, 29 June 2018, Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham. (Unpublished)

Organ, Alison (2017) Challenging misconceptions: embedding graduate attributes in a 3rd year French module. In: Talking about teaching 2017, 20 January 2017, York St John University. (Unpublished)

Organ, Alison (2016) Eurofest: a sustainable and collaborative initiative. In: Frameworks for collaboration and multilingualism, 6-7 July 2016, University of Warwick. (Unpublished)

Organ, Alison (2016) Work placements for languages students: a transformative experience. In: Corradini, Erika, Borthwick, Kate and Gallagher-Brett, Angela, (eds.) Employability for languages: a handbook. Dublin, Research-publishing.net, pp. 25-28

Organ, Alison and Organ, Patrick (2016) "Why teach languages to pupils with SEND? They'll never need them!". In: Language World 2016, 11-12 March 2016, Rugby. (Unpublished)

Organ, Alison  (2015) Student perceptions of the value of audio and video feedback in facilitating language learning. ELSIN XX. pp. 141-147.

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