Michelle Lee

Undergraduate Discipline


BA, MA, University of California-Santa Cruz. CPhil, University of California-Los Angeles. Area of specialization: 19th-century French literature. Dissertation on French travel writing to North Africa and Indian Ocean, photography, and the novel. Research interests include 18th- and 19th-century French literature and continental thought and 20th-century francophone literature. SLC, 2013–

Current undergraduate courses

Beginning French: Language and Culture


An introduction to French using the multimedia “Débuts” system (textbook/two-part workbook/full-length movie, Le Chemin du retour), this class will allow students to develop an active command of the fundamentals of spoken and written French. In both class and group conferences, emphasis will be placed on activities relating to students’ daily lives and to French and francophone culture. The textbook integrates a French film with grammar study, exposing students to the spoken language from the very beginning of the course. Other materials may include French songs, cinema, newspaper articles, poems, and short stories. Group conferences replace individual conference meetings for this level, and a weekly conversation session with a French language assistant(e) is required. Attendance at the weekly French lunch table and French film screenings are both highly encouraged. Students who successfully complete a beginning- and an intermediate-level French course may be eligible to study in Paris with Sarah Lawrence College during their junior year.


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