Current occupation I am a Lecturer at the University of Toulouse II - Le Mirail. Brief outline of PhD research My PhD is on the role of aspect in the expression of simultaneity. The project offers a contrastive analysis of oral productions in Tunisian Arabic L1, French L1 and French L2 by Tunisian immigrant learners in France and contributes to understanding the role of typological properties in the acquisition of temporality in French L2. Why did you choose to study for your PhD in the School of Languages and Social Sciences? I heard of Aston University and the PhD position through my former supervisor in Paris, Prof Clive Perdue. He encouraged me to move to Birmingham and to engage in a PhD thesis with Dr Emmanuelle Labeau, a specialist in the study of aspect. What did you find most useful about the PhD programme? Everything in the PhD programme was useful. The school provides a great environment where PhD students find support, and acquire knowledge. The methodology seminar was very interesting as it provided an opportunity for PhD students to talk about their topics with their colleagues and with experts. How has your PhD helped you in your current occupation? In my PhD, I learned, with the help of my supervisor, to handle and master many statistical and technical tools useful for corpus analysis. In my current position, I deal with corpora and I am using those skills, but I also learned how to use others.