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Van Nelson, Alina Instructor

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Research

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  • My areas of interest in research are determined mainly by my position of coordinator. I am particularly interested in how to design curriculum according to theACTFL performance standards elaborated, how to blend language instruction in order to develop students' critical thinking along with language acquisition. In addition to this, as we have been developing hybrid and online versions of our intermediate classes, I have mentored and assisted graduate students in creating curriculum, class activities that are relevant and engaging to students, as well as assessments. I fully integrated VoiceThread assignments and assessments in all 3 classes I coordinate (2110, 2120, 3010).

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  • modern literature, modern novel, pedagogy, second-language acquisition

Teaching

courses taught

  • FREN 2110 - Second-Year French Grammar Review and Reading 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    A film based curriculum will expand the knowledge of francophone culture and will continue the development of communication skills begun in the first year. This third semester course will review essential beginning grammar before introducing intermediate structures, vocabulary, and cultural/literary readings.
  • FREN 2120 - Second-Year French Grammar Review and Reading 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
    Completes the film-based study of intermediate grammar begun in FREN 2110. Continued reading in French literature and culture, with considerable practice in writing and speaking French. Fulfills the Graduate School language requirement for the Ph.D.
  • FREN 3010 - French Phonetics and Pronunciation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Improves students' ability to pronounce French correctly. Coursework involves the International Phonetic Alphabet, understanding the differences between pairs of sounds, and recognizing the relationship between spelling and pronunciation. Required of all FREN majors.

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