Katie Golsan (French)
My classroom is student-centered and always in the target language. This gives everyone the chance to practice during every class meeting. I very much enjoy interacting with students at all levels and I believe that they learn much more by being constantly engaged and challenged. In my language classes, students do a lot of oral work, including dialogues and skits, but we don't neglect the grammar! We also work on understanding the cultures associated with this beautiful language. In the advanced levels, we still work on language, but through reading and discussing French and Francophone literature, studying film, art and culture. As the philosopher Cioran said: "On n'habite pas un pays, on habite une langue" ("One doesn't live in a country, but in a language"). To me, this is the joy of teaching French. I love to watch students develop a whole new side to their personalities as they learn another language, and I always encourage them to live their new "bilingual" life to the fullest by studying abroad in a French-speaking country.
Professor Golsan is the founder and director of the Guatemala Spanish Summer Immersion Program.
Teaching and research interests: French film, the cinema of Jean Renoir, 19th century French narrative and art history, Mayan culture and cosmology.
Professor of French and Film Studies