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Lecture by Sophie Marnette, January 30, 2015

Speech and Thought Presentation in French Sophie Marnette, University of Oxford, Medieval French Studies Dr. Marnette will offer a brief overview of her work on Speech and Thought Presentation in French.  More particularly, it will highlight and discuss hybrid forms of reported discourse that can be found in press articles and day to day conversations.…

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

My colleague, Vesna Rodic, and I attended the Rocky Mountain Language Association’s 68th annual convention in Boise, Idaho from October 8 - 11.  I have been participating in the conference for several years now and, without exception, always come away reinvigorated and full of new ideas.  As a Senior Lecturer with limited university funding options,…

Women in French

From May 22 to May 24, 2014, I participated in the 7th International Women in French Conference, held in the charming city of Guelph in the Ontario province of Canada. As a newcomer to the conference, I was particularly pleased to discover a welcoming atmosphere among colleagues in French Studies from various parts of the…

Women in French

My colleague, Vesna Rodic, and I participated in the 7th International Women in French conference held at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Canada, May 21-24, 2014. The overarching conference theme was Women and Memory. Our presentations were in the pedagogy session that Vesna had organized on Approaches to Teaching Women and Memory which comprised…

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Using Interconnected Texts to Highlight Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom

SLA research on foreign language pedagogy has long demonstrated that culture is essential to language learning. However, presenting culture in the language classroom poses certain problems. For learners, there is a tendency to stereotype others and to rely excessively on the teacher. For teachers, there is a tendency to transmit isolated facts without elaboration and to associate a target language with a single monolithic culture. This article...

Learners’ perceptions of culture in a first-semester foreign language course

Researchers have voiced concerns about current teaching practices regarding the effective integration of culture within the foreign language curriculum as more than an add-on (Durocher, 2007; Knutson, 2006; Kramsch, 1993; Magnan, 2008; Omaggio Hadley, 2001; Perraudin, & Porfilio, 2011; Schulz, 2007; Wilbur, 2007). This study takes an emic perpective to explore ...

Teaching Difficult Topics: The Example of the Algerian War

While history as critical discourse differs importantly from the more subjective narratives of collective memory, even historians vary in their accounts and analyses of past events. This article argues for the need to include a spectrum of voices and text types when teaching history in the context of foreign language study...

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