Sylvie Beresford graduated from Besançon University with an Honours degree in English and Comparative Literature. She moved to the UK to teach French for 1 year in Bangor (Northern Ireland) and subsequently for 2 years at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, now Anglia Ruskin University. She wrote her Master’s thesis on Virginia Woolf’s involvement in the feminist movements and did her MPhil on Late 18th Century Celtic Studies with an analysis of the novel by Thomas Flanagan “The year of the French”. Her research also involved an analysis of “Partners in Revolution: The United Irishmen and France” by Marianne Elliott.
Sylvie gained a PGCE (FE) at UWIC in 1984. She then joined the Department of Extra-Mural Studies (now Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning) where she taught French at all levels. Sylvie contributed to academic papers on Coastal Zone Management in the European Union and translated a book commissioned by the SAS. She has worked as a conference interpreter and translator for the South Wales Police and for the Home Office. She has also worked in around 30 companies in France and in the UK as language consultant and adviser. She has trained senior examiners at the Patent Office and has worked as a voice coach for the Welsh College of Music and Drama training opera singers to sing in French. Sylvie joined Coleg Glan Hafren in 1992 as Lecturer in French and subsequently became languages Team Leader. Sylvie has been teaching free-standing modules to undergraduates at Cardiff University since 1991. This has included modules for Engineers and Medics, and Management and Finance students at the Cardiff Business School. At the Centre, Sylvie teaches French to Cardiff Business School undergraduates and to adult beginners (French Stage A).
Most recently, she gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Social Research and is a member of the Governance, Accountability and Social Justice Research Group at UWIC, School of Management.
Externally, she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and an Examiner at both advanced and supplementary levels for the DELF and DALF of the Institut Français (London) and for the DFP Affaires B2 of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie (Paris).
Her current research area is the trajectory of modern foreign language teaching in Higher Education Institutions taking an international perspective. The central focus of the research is an analysis of the added value of language proficiency and the employability of graduates through an exploration of the expectations of students and employers and the needs of specialist groups within industry.