December 20, 2012
Many universities offer students the option of majoring in French and Francophone Studies. This course of study focuses on the French language as well as French-speaking cultures from all over the world. Students thoroughly learn all the nuances of the language, including various dialects, grammar, pronunciation, syntax, and punctuation. They also learn an appreciation for and understanding of diverse cultures.
Those interested in majoring in French and Francophone Studies should possess a desire to learn about another language and culture, an ear for patterns in language and communication, and an eagerness to communicate, both oral and written. It is also recommended that students travel and study in France or in a francophone country at some point during their studies. There are many jobs open to students, including French teacher, foreign service officer, translator, travel guide, speech pathologist, interpreter, foreign social worker, as well as many opportunities in NGOs.
About Bénédicte Mauguière:
Prof. Mauguière possesses a Ph.D. in Francophone Cultures and Literatures and she has authored numerous publications in the field. She currently teaches Francophone Studies at Colby College in Maine.
December 3, 2012
Founded in 1960, the American Comparative Literature Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the work and efforts of scholars involved in multiple literatures and cultures, as well as those interested in cross-cultural literary study. Members share a common interest in studying and teaching comparisons between nations, languages, and cultures across the world. Serving a rather small demographic, the Association currently comprises 2,000 members. The organization is also affiliated with other societies, including the American Council of Learned Societies and the International Comparative Literature Association.
The American Comparative Literature Association holds an annual meeting where members can convene and share and critique each other’s papers and research. The conference features small-group meetings where members discuss these papers. It also features workshops, roundtable discussions, and sessions about relevant topics as well as a celebratory banquet. The Association also facilitates networking between scholars and offers travel grants and other resources to help members with their studies.
About the author: Bénédicte Mauguière is currently a Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Colby College. She has been involved in academia for many years and is a member of the American Comparative Literature Association.