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Gaelle Corvaisier

Visiting Assistant Professor, French


Phone: 209.932.3037


WPC-Annex 251


Teaching Philosophy

Learning a foreign language is a humbling experience, where one might start to feel like a child overwhelmed with limitations and disadvantages. So my teaching style is aimed at establishing realistic goals to reduce students' anxiety. Support for all learners, all learning styles, and transparency are key principles. Clear assessment guidelines, exemplary work examples, and grading expectations (detailed rubrics) promote students' confidence and success.

In class we create a student-centered learning environment using the communicative method and active listening to promote language acquisition. In order to help my students succeed, I offer them a safe and fun classroom environment to practice French with tasks that replicate language use in real-life situations. It's a good place to make mistakes and ask a lot of questions. We often remind ourselves that perfection doesn't exist. We are here to learn together while practicing our skills with humor, respect for self, and others.

Scholarly Interests

Second Language Acquisition
Instructional Technology and Integration
Francophone Literatures and Cultures; Postcolonial Studies
Twentieth-Century and Twenty-First Century French Literature and Culture
Urban, Youth and Popular Cultures


FREN 11A First-Year French, First Semester
FREN 23 Intermediate French, Third Semester