I have worked at three American universities over the past eight years, teaching introductory, intermediate, and elective French courses. I have assisted in curriculum development for elective and alternative courses (Biological Topics in French and French 6 for Global Studies), and have enjoyed assisting and leading extracurricular French programs, such as conversation and cinema clubs and a French Talent Night. I have collaborated with professors of diverse pedagogical approaches and orientations to language learning, and in doing so have learned how my own philosophy of language learning and education affects my teaching.
Additionally, throughout my graduate school career, I have had the opportunity to observe varied teaching philosophies operationalized in and outside of the language classroom. These experiences provided me first-hand observation of the connection between theory and practice and allowed me to develop my own French language instruction based on the successes of my colleagues. Teaching introductory and intermediate French in conjunction with my coursework in French, Applied Linguistics, and Language and Literacy Education has given me a deeper appreciation for the pivotal role of teachers within the language classroom.
This portfolio will describe my teaching philosophy and my experience as a French instructor.
- Introductory French (using Chez nous, Mais oui !, and Rond point)
- University of California, Santa Barbara: French 1, French 2, French 3 (complete first-year sequence)
- The University of Alabama: French 101, French 102 (complete first-year sequence)
- Georgia Gwinnett College: French 1
- Intermediate French (using Réseau)
- University of California, Santa Barbara: French 4, French 5, French 6 for Global Studies (complete second-year sequence)
- Advanced French (no textbook)
- University of California, Santa Barbara: Biological Topics in French