Career History

Claire started her career in France, as a qualified Modern Foreign Language teacher, and taught in schools in the region of Lyon.  Having taught English before teaching French enhanced her sensitivity of how the two languages cut out reality differently, and where similarities and differences can hinder or facilitate acquisition in the case the English learners.

She started teaching at UEA in 2011, first as an Associate Tutor, then as a permanent lecturer from 2012. The modules she teaches focus on French Language Acquisition, from subsidiary to advanced level. 

Academic Background

-Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PGCERT), University of East Anglia, Norwich, 2012-2014

-‘Diplôme universitaire’ (University diploma) in FLE (Teaching French as a Foreign Language), Stendhal University / National Centre for Distance Eduation, Grenoble, 2010/2011

-‘Certificat d'aptitude aux fonctions d'enseignant du second degré dans les établissements d'enseignement privé sous contrat’ (qualification to teach in French private secondary schools), French Institute for the Training of Teachers, 2009/2010

-Master of Arts in English Literature, History, Translation and Linguistics, Jean Moulin University, Lyon, 2008-2010

-Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, History, Translation and Linguistics, Jean Moulin University, Lyon, 2004-2007


All Publications

Cuminatto, C., Baines, R., Drugan, J.


Employability as an ethos in translator and interpreter training,

in Interpreter and Translator Trainer



pp. 123-138

Full Text UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

Second Language acquisition, particularly vocabulary learning

Languages and employability

Intercultural Communication

Discourse Analysis


Teaching Interests

Claire is responsible for some of the French subsidiary modules taught at UEA (Beginners’ French 1, Beginners’ French Spring start, Beginners’ French II), as well as for the first year of UEA’s French Honours degree (Post A-level 1/I and 1/II modules). She favours group work in all her classes, and often uses Collaborative Learning interactive patterns to structure interactions between students.

Claire coordinates UEA as a DELF exam centre (the DELF are diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-French candidates). She also organises a yearly revision day for AS and A-Level pupils studying French and Spanish, and GCSE pupils studying Japanese in the East of England.

Administrative Posts

Claire is PPL’s Employability Director. She collaborates with UEA's Career Centre and colleagues within PPL to develop employability related events and initiatives and monitor/ improve student engagement with the career development agenda.

This role involves, amongst other tasks, organising study and employability visits in the UK and abroad (see PPL’s International Study Programme), facilitating internships, and working on embedding career development within the School’s curriculum. Claire initiated and runs PPL's Professional Practice scheme, whose aim is to build bridges between academic and professional worlds, the core idea of the scheme being that students in a selection of PPL modules produce work which is sent to external organisations.