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Ophelie Castellani


School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media History, Heritage and Global Cultures Nottingham Institute of Languages and Intercultural Communication Arts and Humanities


Dr Ophélie Castellani is a Lecturer in French and Linguistics. She currently leads and teaches French Stages 1, 2, 3 and 6 for the University Language Programme (ULP).

Career overview

Ophélie holds a background in Anglophone literature, linguistics, and history from Bordeaux Montaigne University (France) and completed her PhD in sociolinguistics at Nottingham Trent University in 2023.Prior to her doctoral studies, Ophélie taught English and French as foreign languages to secondary school and university students, both in France and England.

Since 2020, she has taught a number of modules at NTU in French, linguistics and history, and supervised dissertations in French studies. She joined NILIC permanently in 2023, where she teaches and leads several French modules for the University Language Programme.

Research areas

For her PhD thesis, Ophélie conducted research on the impact of Brexit on French migrants’ language habits and attitudes in England. In addition, she contributed as a research assistant to projects about linguistics discrimination and exclusion, and the influence of limited English proficiency on health outcomes. Her areas of interest encompass linguistic discrimination, language attitudes, minority languages, language attrition, translanguaging and multilingualism.

External activity

Member of the Association for French Language Studies (AFLS)

Assistant Editor for Trent Notes on Linguistics

Member of PRELIM3 project


Castellani, O. (2022). French Migrants’ Language Habits and Attitudes in England in the Age of Brexit. PhD Thesis. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham.

Castellani, O. (2023). Book Review: Brexit, Language Policy and Linguistic Diversity (2018) by Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost and Matteo Bonotti. Cham: Palgrave Pivot. Trent Notes on Linguistics, 3: 87-89.

Conference papers:

Castellani, O. (2021). Representation and identity of French people in the UK post-Brexit. Identity and Power: Representation and Social Change. De Montfort University, Leicester, 29 April 2021.

Castellani, O. (2022). AFLS 2022 Franglais or Language Attrition: French migrants’ use of Anglicisms in England. Association for French Language Studies Annual Conference. University of Exeter, Exeter, 18-20 July 2022.

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Course(s) I teach on

  • Teacher teaching English Language in classroom
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Part-time (day) / Sandwich | 2023

  • French Mx



    Short course | Short course | 2023