Ms Natalie Finlayson

  • Examinations Invigilator (Registry)
  • Tutor - Affiliate (External Relations)

telephone: 0141 330 8250

R120, Hetherington Building, Bute Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RS, G12 8RS

Research interests


I currently teach French and German language at various levels at the University of Glasgow, where I am also carrying out my PhD research on corpus-cognitive approaches to second language vocabulary learning, and instructional assessment.

My wider research interests include:

  • Second language vocabulary teaching and acquisition
  • Semantics
  • Corpus linguistics
  • English, French and German
  • Translation theory and methodology
  • Literary translation studies
  • Accessible and inclusive learning

Before coming to Glasgow, I was a native language teacher in English and Translation at the University of Nice (2013-2015). I have been practicing freelance translation and language tuition since 2012.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice - University of Glasgow, 2019
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills - Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland, 2018
  • M.Sc. in Translating and Conference Interpreting (Distinction) - Heriot-Watt University, 2013
  • M.A. French/German (First Class Honours) - University of Glasgow, 2012

Selected conference papers

  • 'What are the words we need to know? A corpus-linguistic approach to second language vocabulary teaching and instructional assessment', Corpus Linguistics in Scotland Network meeting, University of Edinburgh, December 2018.
  • (With Moira HansenAdrift after some wayward pursuit”: a literary and corpus-linguistic analysis of Robert Burns’s use of water-related language in relation to mood and mood disorder', Société Française d’Etudes Ecossaises, Université de Tours, November 2018.
  • 'But why can’t you say it like that in German? Vocabulary building and comparative prototypicality in second language acquisition', BAAL/Routledge workshop ‘Cognitive Approaches to Language in Education’, University of Glasgow, January 2018.
  • 'Corpora, Prototypes and Literary Translation' [poster], Corpus Linguistics Conference 2017, University of Birmingham, July 2017.


  • Finlayson, N (2018) ‘Moodle quizzes as formative assessment: enhancing the VLEs of the Languages for International Mobility’, University of Glasgow Learning & Teaching Development Fund. £2,974.02.
  • Finlayson, N; Kosova, E; and Oakley, H (2018) ‘Feedback, assessment and the extended workforce: Working with students to make the most of class time’, University of Glasgow Student Partnership Scheme (Enhancing Assessment and Feedback). £1,500.00.
  • Finlayson, N (2015). University of Glasgow College of Arts PhD Scholarship. £14,553 per year for three years.


In session 2017-18, I was program director for the Languages for International Mobility and Special Purposes, the university-wide language programme at the University of Glasgow.

In previous years, I have delivered lectures and seminars on the following courses:

I have also contributed lectures and taster sessions in German to the Summer School as part of the university's Widening Participation programme.

Additional information

I am external examiner for German at the University of Salford.