Fabienne Baider holds a MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de commerce de Lille – Skema Business School, a B. A. Honours in French language and literature (UNISA, South Africa), a Master in French language and literature (UBC, Canada ) thanks to the UGF fellowship at UBC, a Ph. D. in Linguistics and Gender Studies (Univ. of Toronto, Canada) supported by the OGS and the SSHRC fellowships. Holding a tuition waiver for her Ph. D. at the University of California at Berkeley she did her Ph. D. courses there with Suzanne Fleischman as her supervisor. Having to go back to Canada for medical reasons, she finished her Ph. D. at the University of Toronto, having the honor to keep Susanne Fleischman on her Ph. D. committee (then supervised by P. Bhatt and A. M. Brousseau).

As far as work experience is concerned, she worked two years as a marketing consultant for the company Decathlon in France.  She then moved overseas.

In South Africa and more precisely in Cape Town she taught French as a Foreign Language (FFL) in the German School and at Abbotts College for the Baccalauréat (final high school year). At the University of the Western Cape, as a lecturer she taught Universal Generative Grammar (at the time) and medieval literature, to students coming from the nearby townships. She was also part of a pilot project organized by the Alliance française in South Africa and taught French (FFL) in the Mitchell’s Plain Township in the primary and secondary schools.

In Canada as a Graduate Student, she was a teaching assistant in Phonetics at UBC(Vancouver), in Literature at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), and in FFL courses at the University of California at Berkeley. She also worked in Berkeley in Text to Speech Technologies (at the BST Company) for French phonetics.

As a Ph. D. Teaching Assistant at the University of Toronto, she taught general linguistics and FFL courses in the French department as well as at Ryerson University. She was part of a team organized by the provincial government in Ontario to teach seminars on administrative and business writing, and she worked as well as a translator with F. Lachance for Medical Internet sites. She received two best paper awards during her Ph. D., the first one was granted by the CIEF (Conseil International des Etudes Francophones) and the other by the ALLC (Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing).

After her Ph. D. she was an Assistant Professor at the Scarborough campus (U. of T. campus) where she taught phonetics, general linguistics and FFL courses.

Since the year 2001 she has been teaching at the University of Cyprus where she has been an Associate professor since 2009.

Her fields of research include semantics within a cognitive and intercultural framework (see ECC Research programme and publications on this site), Language and gender (and more broadly language and identity within a constructionist perspective, see the publication list on this site). Her broad experience in teaching French as a Foreign Language encouraged her to develop an expertise in Applied Linguistics as far as interculturality and teaching the lexicon are concerned (see Fos-Mo project, Publications and Mentoring on this site).

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