Position: Teaching & Research Assistant (A.T.E.R.)
Office: Franco-German House (Summerville Lodge)
Olivier Ernest was born in Toulouse, France. He took his Licence de Lettres Modernes at Université de Toulouse, le Mirail. In 2010 he obtained an MA in French Literature from NUI Maynooth and taught French literature and French language to adults and high-school students. Olivier Ernest also holds a Master in French as a Foreign Language from Université de Toulouse. His master’s research dealt with neuro-cognition, language disorders and phonetic correction.
After, several contracts for the Alliance Française of Toulouse and the University of Toulouse, he worked in Bratislava, Slovakia, for a bilingual high-school and the French Embassy language school. Then, he joined the prestigious Alliance Française of The Hague, in the Netherlands, where he taught to the staff of the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
He is currently doing a PhD at Mary Immaculate College under the supervision of Dr Mairéad Ní Bhriain in the field of French Studies. The primary aim of his doctoral research is to study the writings of Jules Roy, a much overlooked post-war French author. In analysing Roy’s six- volume magnus opus, Les Chevaux du Soleil, his thesis also seeks to shed light on the much-contested history of France’s colonial presence in Algeria.
His main research interests are 20th-century French colonial historiography and autobiography.
2010: Master 2 Professionnel Mention Sciences du Langages spécialité Apprentissage / Didactique du Français Langue Étrangère, mention recherche: ‘Le rôle de l’image accompagnant les enregistrements sonores du verbal au non-verbal dans l’enseignement / apprentissage du Français Langue Étrangère’, Université de Toulouse, France.
2006: M.A. in French Literature: ‘L’écriture de soi dans Le Journal de Paul Claudel’, NUI Maynooth, Ireland.