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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.


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

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 (Unpublished)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 (Unpublished)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,, 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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