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Associate Teaching Professor of French
Education: Ms. Blank received her master’s degree (with thesis) in German grammar from the University of Sorbonne -Paris IV, France, in 1984. She received her Master’s degree in French literature from Washington University in St. Louis, in 1987. She joined the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 1993.
Teaching: She teaches at all levels, from beginning to advanced undergraduates. Her primary teaching interests are Contemporary French Culture, as well as French Grammar, Syntax and Stylistics. She received the “Lecturer of the Year” Award from the College of Arts and Sciences in May 2005.
Personal History: Ms. Blank grew up in France. She became interested in teaching French as a second language in 1982 and 1983, when she taught French at Gymnasium Gerlingen (Germany), and, in 1985, at the Centre International D’Etudes Francaises at the Université Catholique de L’Ouest in Angers (France). She taught French at the Alliance Française School in St. Louis, between 1987 and 1993 and served as its Acting Director in 1993.
Professional Activities: Since 1997 Ms. Blank has been the Study Abroad Advisor for students wishing to study in France and Quebec. She reviewed several chapters of manuscript of “Portes Ouvertes”, published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, in 1998, as well as "Séquences" for Thomson-Heinle College Publishers, published in 2007.