Clément Courouve grew up in a small, wine-producing village in the Moselle valley, France. He is a graduate of the University of Metz, where he studied English language, literature and culture. With a particular interest in linguistics, grammar and translation, he went on to study for a Master's degree before spending two years abroad as a French language assistant. In the meantime, he passed the French competitive examination to become a language teacher and subsequently taught in the French education system for a couple of years, before joining the University of Cambridge's Language Unit in 2011 as a teacher of French.
Clément also teaches for the Department of French in the University's Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) and supervises undergraduate linguists at Fitzwilliam College and Murray Edwards College. In 2017, he was appointed Special Supervisor of Studies at Fitzwilliam College.