Alison Organ

Senior Lecturer in French and German

School of Languages & Linguistics


T: 01904 876879

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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.

Further Information


I am course leader for French and German, 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 German, and I am the university-based mentor for the YSJU 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.

Research & Publications

My current research project focuses on students' use of Google Translate for target language production. I am also interested in the use of technology and gamification to enhance language learning.

Papers and book chapters published

Book Chapter

Organ, A. 2017. Languages in the workplace: Embedding employability in the foreign language undergraduate curriculum. In C. Álvarez-Mayo (eds) Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University: Enhancing Employability. Dublin: 37-45.

Organ, A. 2016. Work placements for languages students: A transformative experience. In E. Corradini and K. Borthwick (ed) Employability for Languages: A Handbook. Dublin: 25-28.

Conference Procedings

Organ, A. 2015. Student perceptions of the value of audio and video feedback in facilitating language learning. ELSIN XX: 141-147. 

Presentations given in 2018

Organ, A. (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? 5 July 2019, University of Nottingham. (Available on

Organ, A. (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. (Available on



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