Dr Patrick Durel

Originally from Rouen in France, I first studied at the École Normale (Rouen), then completed my first M.A. in English Studies at the Université Haute Normandie (Rouen, France), writing my dissertation on Peter Carey’s short fiction. This is somewhat how I ended up Down Under, on an exchange program for a two year contract as native speaker lecteur at the University of New England (Armidale, NSW).

I subsequently undertook at the Université de Franche Comté (France) an M.A. in Applied Linguistics & Teaching French as a Foreign Language, writing my dissertation on Curricular Praxis. I then completed at the same university a doctoral degree (DEA, Diplôme d’études approfondies) with a dissertation on the impact of grammar assistant software usage on students’ writing skills and cognitive processes.

After this, I joined the LIDILEM research laboratory (Grenoble, France) and completed my Doctorat at the Université Grenoble Alpes, writing a dissertation on interactive dynamics in computer aided collaborative revision tasks. Developing data collection and data analysis methodology, my work examined the impact of collaborative and instrumented dimensions in tasks where proficient writers of French as a foreign language were asked to revise a text they had individually produced, in collaboration with a partner and the help of a grammar assistant software and an electronic bilingual dictionary. The study also examined whether such an activity can be conducive to learning and improve revision skills.

I was appointed lecturer at the University of Sydney from 1988 to 1998 and arrived at Monash in 1999.


  • B.Ed (École Normale de Rouen, France)
  • B.A in English Studies (Université de Haute Normandie, France)
  • M.A in English Studies, 1st class honours.  (Université de Haute Normandie, France)
  • M.App. Linguistics, 1st class honours (Université de Franche Comté, France)
  • Dip. Higher Education (UNSW, Australia)
  • Diplôme d’études approfondies en Sciences du langage (Université de Franche Comté, France)
  • Doctorat d’université, avec félicitations du jury (Université Grenoble – Alpes, France)