Tech welcomes new language teacher from France
For the second year in a row, the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program has selected Louisiana Tech University’s School of Literature and Language to host a French teaching assistant. A native of France and a graduate of Rennes University, Marie Gleveau will join the modern languages faculty for the 2013-2014 school year. Gleveau will teach French 101 and 102 during the fall quarter, to be followed by additional sections in winter and spring. The School of Literature and Language director Susan Roach said she is pleased with the Fulbright program’s choice. “(I am) excited that this Fulbright program is again partnering with Louisiana Tech to expand its French program by providing bright, energetic young French teachers,” Roach said. Fulbright teaching assistants teach language courses, supervise language labs and lead language discussions in conversation groups. Gleveau received her bachelor’s degree in English, history and linguistics at Rennes University in 2011. She is currently working on her master’s degree focusing on the Great Removal of the Acadians in 1755 and their life in the American colonies afterwards. She also studied French as a second language and speaks Spanish. “I like to base my lessons on real documents such as newspaper articles, ads, or videos,“ Gleveau said. “I think that it is better to start with comprehension of the document and then go on with studying a specific grammar point. In this sense, I also try to use new technologies to show students that they can study French in class or on their own in a fun and interactive way.” No stranger to travel abroad, Gleveau previously spent a year as an au pair in Atlanta; a year in Sydney, Australia, as a student; and a year in Dublin as a French assistant. She proposes to enrich her students’ experience in French by offering outside activities such as cooking lessons, debating, a book group and a French movie group. Anyone interested in learning French with Marie Gleveau is welcome to contact the School of Literature and Language at 318-257-2718.