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Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures (French)
2 East South Street
Galesburg, MN 61401-4999
1. We strive for a holistic understanding of the language. Even in the introductory French courses, we go beyond memorizing vocabulary and conjugating verbs. We strive to give you a variety of skills that will help you communicate outside the classroom. That's why we focus on cultural knowledge, literature, and conversation skills. When you travel to French-speaking locales, you'll be prepared with practical language skills and a rich understanding of the region's history and culture.
2. We go abroad. We value the chance to experience Francophone language and culture firsthand. Our Besançon program offers students an opportunity to live and learn in a cultural and historical hub. You'll spend your first month abroad with a French host family, sharpening your language skills and getting acquainted with your new surroundings, before moving to a university dormitory. The city will become your classroom as you attend cultural events, frequent cafés, and explore the region. Many of our students find post-graduate opportunities abroad through Fulbright Fellowships and other programs.
3. We're invested in global politics. French is used all over the world as a language of diplomacy. Many of our students combine French with a major or minor in political science, international studies, or international relations. Or you might double major in another field, like biology, where your study of language will prepare you to learn, travel, and work outside of the United States. You might even choose to pursue a career abroad like Benetia Cingapane '95, who serves as deputy ambassador at the Botswana Embassy.
4. Our faculty bring their unique backgrounds to the classroom. We come from all over the world, and we're all experts in the language. Because we have different relationships with French, you'll be exposed to a variety of accents and cultural knowledge. Our research interests are as diverse as our backgrounds. You might study Francophone African Literature with Caesar Akuetey or French Food for Thought with Anne Steinberg. Whatever your interests, one of us will have the experience to help you go deeper.
5. Our curriculum is always evolving. Each year, you'll have the opportunity to participate in unique course offerings. Many professors rely on student input when designing classes, so you'll have a hand in shaping the curriculum. Recent courses have included Money in Literature and Maghrebian Literature. You can also pursue your own unique interests through an independent study or Honors Project.
The Center includes an instructor station, 24 computer workstations, and professional photo-flatbed scanning capabilities. The Language Center also houses two workgroup rooms equipped with individual computer workstations for small group sessions or individual privacy. The viewing room is capable of seating up to 20 people accommodating large-screen computer output and video viewing.
The Stellyes Center works with many of our students to facilitate their opportunities abroad. To assist students in applying and preparing for these programs, the Center offers the expertise of its director and assistant professional staff along with resources such as books, CD-ROMs, and online journals in areas related to global studies.
Each Thursday at noon, students and faculty gather in the Oak Room to practice conversational French skills over lunch.
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