Sylvain Pourciel
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Personal profile


Sylvain Pourciel teaches French language, culture and society. He started studying modern languages as an undergraduate student, then turned to linguistics for his Master's and doctoral studies. He has taught French as a second language in China, France, Taiwan and Bulgaria. From an academic perspective, he researches vocabulary acquisition, processing and use. On the personal side, he likes to spend some time growing plants, taking care of his cats, and taking photos (sometimes of his plants and cats).

Administrative Posts

Academic advisor (September 2022-today)

Key Research Interests

Vocabulary processing

Vocabulary learning

Formulaic language

Second language acquisition

Vocabulary variation

Teaching Interests

French language at all levels

French society

French and francophone culture (media, cinema, music)

Second language acquisition

French for academic purposes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Letters, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 30 Sep 2027

Master of Research, University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

Master of Teaching and Learning, University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès

Award Date: 11 Sep 2011

Bachelor of Literature or Bachelor of Letters, University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007


  • Linguistics & Philology
  • Higher Education