My general area of research is in teaching French and Francophone literature and grammar in a second language context to adults but I have also a four year experience in teaching French as a foreign language and a seven year experience in teaching techniques of expression including rhetoric and communication.
No annoyance in the classroom, neither for the students, nor for the teacher. That is the base of my philosophy of working, based on constantly keeping students interested in the course – which is unfortunately not obvious in the last few years, at least when working with teenagers who would rather “google” than read – by organising competitions and offering activities involving theatre, music and cinema.
I often use modern or classical movies which are useful not only for literary, stylistic and civilisation studies but also for developing critical thinking.
I promote creativity through literary creations such novels, poems or radio-dramas (for some examples, please, see (concealed information) and analysis through research and publication in French websites.
Permanent evaluation of the students so that they can get used to the exam and providing educational and psychological assistance, even after the courses, is also a part of my way of working.
I also encourage individual oral presentations followed by discussions – a practice that can be done at all levels.
I believe, as well, in the strong, friendly relationship between colleagues in order to work hand in hand for the welfare of the institution, the “francophonie” and the education in general.
I have been teaching French language and literature since 1997.
All of my students attended the colleges they wanted (Princeton, Harvard, McGill, University of Chicago, U Penn, Sciences Po)
Our results in IB ad French Bac are among the best,worldwide.
2055 N Larrabee, Chicago, Il, 60614
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SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
- Teaching French Literature ;
- Teaching French as a Foreign Language ;
- Teaching business French ;
- Teaching image analysis and stylistics ;
- Certified IB, DELF and AP teacher ;
SUMMARY OF SKILLS
- Teaching in XVIII, XIX and XX centuries French Literature (Voltaire, D’Holbach, Diderot, Montesquieu, Maupassant, Balzac, Zola, Baudelaire, Apollinaire, Le Clézio) and civilization.
- Teaching translated literature in French (Sophocles, Tennessee Williams, Scott-Fitzgerald, Tourgueniev).
- Teaching francophone literature (Senghor, Laye, Ben Jelloun, Marzouki, Belkhodja).
- Successfully preparing students for DELF and DALF.
- Successfully preparing students for the French Baccalaureate in literature.
- Successfully preparing students for the International Baccalaureate, A1 Standard Level.
- Mentoring extended essays in French Literature.
- Possessing strong interpersonal, communication and computer skills.
French, Bulgarian, Arabic (Tunisian), English, Italian, Russian
Ph.D in French didactics at ISEFC – University of Tunis (expected).
Master in French didactics at ISEFC-Tunis and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay – Saint – Cloud, France (2001).
B.A. with major in French, University of Tunis (1995).
Written expression, Lecture, Language, Civilization, Syntax, Linguistics, Art history, Literature of the Middle Ages, Seventeenth Century Literature, Eighteen Century Literature, Nineteenth Century Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, Discourse Analysis, Stylistics and Semantics, Introduction to Didactics, Discipline Consolidation, Theory of Knowledge, Evaluation, Fields and Subjects of Didactics, Didactics of Written Production, Didactics of Literature, Didactics of Grammar, Didactics of Civilization Integrating Authentic Audiovisual Documents in French Courses, French Youth Cultures, British and American literature, Italian Language, Computers sciences.
Other accreditations :
Certification in teaching and evaluating DELF students from the French Ministry of Education (2013)
Certification from the Illinois State Board of Education (2008).
Certification in AP French and AP French Literature (2007).
Academic achievements :
Full scholarship for the undergraduate studies.
Award for the best academic achievement during the undergraduate studies.
Grant from the Tunisian Ministry of the Higher Education and the French Ecole Normale Supérieure for the achievement of the Master degree thesis.
Title : Teaching a pragmatic and stylistic approach of the advertising image to non-specialists in a context of French as a Second Language.
Director : Prof. Samir Marzouki.
Advisor : Prof. Moncef Khemiri.
MASTER DEGREE DISSERTATION
Title : Didactics of writing expression with specific objectives: case of teaching the techniques of writing short administrative documents to INTES students of the section GES
Director : Prof. Henri Besse
Advisor : Prof. Mokhtar Sahnoun
September 2007 to French-American School of Chicago (EFAC)
Teaching French Literature and preparing students for SAT, Advanced Placement in Language and Literature exams, the French and the International Baccalaureate (A1 Standard)
Teaching French as a Foreign Language and preparing students for DELF exams.
September 2000 to University of Manouba, Tunisia
Assistant professor, teaching literature, grammar and linguistics to first and second year students of the first cycle (US known as “undergraduate”).
September 2000 to French Embassy, Tunis
Teaching French as a foreign language to adult students from different countries. The course includes also civilisation and cultural skills such as history, political orientations and cinema.
September 1999 to Amien’s Higher Business School, France
Assistant professor, teaching techniques of expression, which includes rhetoric, pragmatics and business French.
September 1998 to Bourguiba Institute of Foreign Languages, Tunisia
Teaching French as a foreign language to adult students including civilisation skills.
September 1997 to Higher Institute of Labor and Social Sciences, Tunisia
Assistant professor, teaching techniques of expression including rhetoric, image analysis and business language skills.
OTHER PROFESSIONNAL EXPERIENCE
March 2000 to Tunis Hebdo
Working as a journalist in the cultural and computer pages in Tunis Hebdo, a tunisian independent weekly edition in French language.
September 1997 to Atelier Théâtre de Tunis, Tunisia
Participation as an actor in the following plays :
- Mohamed Marzouki, Jézia, l’Hilalienne (a radio drama, produced by Mohamed Louzir)
- Alberto Canova, Moi, Bertold Brecht (produced by Alberto Canova)
- Friedrich Durrenmatt, La visite de la vieille dame (produced by Alberto Canova)
September 1993 to Le Petit Théâtre de Tunis
Participation a s an actor to the following plays :
- “Le bal des voleurs” (Jean Anouilh)
- “Mon Isménie” (Eugène Labiche)
- “La cantatrice chauve” (Eugène Ionesco)
March 1985 to Bulgarian National Broadcast Corporation
Dubbing and recording of theatre plays adapted for the radio.
XVII, XVIII, XIX and XX centuries’ literature
French as a Foreign Language
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC APPEARENCES
« La déconstruction du personnage dans la chanson française du XXe siècle », presentation with mentored students organized by Pascale-Anne Brault at De Paul Unversity, Chicago, 2016
« La représentation de l’altérité dans la poésie et la chanson françaises du XXe siècle », presentation with mentored students organized by Pascale-Anne Brault at De Paul Unversity, Chicago, 2015
« Le renouveau esthétique dans la poésie à travers le thème du voyage », presentation with mentored students organized by Pascale-Anne Brault at De Paul Unversity, Chicago, 2014
“Le thème de la guerre dans la poésie du XXe siècle”, presentation with mentored students organized by Pascale-Anne Brault at De Paul University, Chicago, 2012
« Boule de Suif : la vision pessimiste de Maupassant de la société française de la seconde moitié du XIXe siècle », presentation with mentored students organized by Pascale-Anne Brault at De Paul University, Chicago, 2009
« L’innovation littéraire et thématique dans Antigone de Jean Anouilh », presentation with mentored students organized by Pascale-Anne Brault at De Paul University, Chicago, 2008
“Harold Pinter connu, inconnu”, presentation organized by the University of Leeds and the University of Tunis (ISLT), in collaboration with Tahar Bayouli, Mark Taylor Batty and Paula Kraft at the French Institute of Cooperation, Tunis, 2007
Enseignement de l’étude stylistique et pragmatique de l’image publicitaire à des non-spécialistes – in progress.
« Teaching Les Misérables in the Context of Social Romanticism », a chapter of a volume in the MLA Approaches to Teaching series on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables (in progress)
« Comique et fantastique dans l’incipit du film Garou-Garou, le passe muraille de Jean Boyer, inspiré par la nouvelle Le passe muraille de Marcel Aymé », Oodoc, 2013
« La critique de la société de la restauration à travers la résurrection du colonel Chabert », Oodoc, 2012
« Tradition et modernité dans la chanson « Laetitia » de Serge Gainsbourg », Oodoc, 2012
« La tragédie dans la relation entre Blanche et Mitch dans Un tramway nommé Désir de Tennessee Williams », Oodoc, 2011
« L’univers de Tennessee Williams dans Un tramway nommé Désir », Oodoc, 2011
Textes et exercices pour le premier cycle de l’ISD – in collaboration with Faouzi Boubaker (academic adviser), Nabila Mami, Ahmed Mouelhi et Faten Somai (assistant professors), ISD, Université de la Manouba, 2003.
Didactique de l’écrit sur des objectifs spécifiques : cas de l’enseignement de la note de service à l’INTES, section GES, ISEFC, Université de Tunis, 2001.
More than five hundred articles in the tunisian medias (Tunis Hebdo and others).
WORKS IN COLLABORATION WITH MENTORED STUDENTS
« La critique de la guerre à travers un antihéros dans le roman de Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Voyage au bout de la nuit » (in collaboration with Louise Caffrey), School Docs, 2015
« La mise en place du portrait d’un personnage enchanteur dans Notre-Dame de Paris de Victor Hugo (in collaboration with Andy Caen) », Oodoc, 2015
«La réflexion sur la réalité environnante à travers l’évocation d'un monde éloigné dans le temps et l'espace. » (in collaboration with Myriam Driss), Oodoc, 2015
« La perception du rôle de l’écriture romanesque dans Le colonel Chabert d’Honoré de Balzac (in collaboration with Myriam Driss), Oodoc, 2014
« L’importance du dépaysement spatial dans la découverte de Soi à travers la perception de l’Autre dans Voyage autour du monde de Bougainville » (in collaboration with Mélissa Le Suavé), Oodoc 2012
« L’échec amoureux dans Un tramway nommé Désir de Tennessee Williams » (in collaboration with Maya Masterson), in progress
Brian Thompson : (concealed information) (colleague)
Pascale-Anne Brault : (concealed information) (colleague)
Michal Ginsburg : (concealed information) (colleague)
Henri Besse : (concealed information) (Master degree thesis director)
Samir Marzouki : (concealed information) (Ph.D. thesis director)
Moncef Khemiri : (concealed information) (Ph.D. thesis advisor)
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