Dr JC Penet
Lecturer, Coordinator of French Language and SML Employability Officer

  • Email: jean-christophe.penet@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7483
  • Address: My office is 5.2b (5th floor of the Old Library Building).

    Consultation hours S2 2014/2015:
    Mondays 3-4pm and Thursdays 11-12.

I joined the School of Modern Languages in September 2010. Prior to my appointment at Newcastle University, I worked as a Lecturer in French Studies at Dublin City University and at the University of the West of England, Bristol. 

I lecture in the fields of French and Translation Studies, at both UG and PG levels. I am also very active in the field of learning and teaching at faculty and university level.


Roles and Responsibilities

Coordinator of French Language

SML Employability Officer

Faculty Programme Liaison Officer for CASAP

Professional Standards Advisor for the HaSS Faculty in the UKPSF non-programme route

Committee Member of Newcastle University's Teaching & Scholarship Forum

Permanent Member of ePortfolio UG/PGT Management Group



BA in Germanic Studies (Lille)

BA in English Studies (Lille)

M.A. in Irish Studies (Lille)

D.E.A. (equivalent to M. Phil.) in Irish Studies (Lille)

PhD in Franco-Irish Studies (Dublin) 

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Academic Practice

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

French Studies: 

I am the Coordinator of French Language in the School of Modern Languages. I also teach:

FRE1071 - Level B HE Intermediate French General Language (Module Leader)

FRE1006 - La France de 1789 à nos jours.

 SML4099 - Final-Year Dissertation - I am eager to supervise students working on topics related to Translation Studies or on religious/political aspects of contemporary France.

Finally, I am also the Module Leader of FRE1065 and FRE1066 and I punctually teach on FRE4061-Interpreting

Translation Studies:

TRI1112 -  Translation Theory & Practice 1 (Module Leader)

SML7001 - Translation Studies 1

SML8008 - Translation Studies 2

SML8012 - Translation Practice and Principles

SML8018 -  Translating for the European Union's Institutions (Module Leader)


I also punctually supervise MA dissertations/projects in Translation Studies as part of SML8016-Translation Project and SML8098-Dissertation.



Research Interests

- The interplay between the religious and the political in French and Irish societies. 

- Translation Studies, in particular the notions of translation and identity. 

- Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. 


Latest publication in the field of learning and teaching:

"From autonomous to peer e-learning – How the FReE Team turned ePortfolio into a social network between first and final-year modern languages students" in Kate Borthwick, Erika Corradini, Alison Dickens, 10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: case studies in good practice, Dublin: Research-publishing.net (2015), pp. 67-75.

I co-organise the Newcastle University/Durham University Workshops in Language Learning and Teaching with a colleague from Durham University, Christine Bohlander.

I am also working on the launch of an eJournal in Language Learning and Teaching jointly with Christine Bohlander.