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Instructor-Specific Course Policies: Tara Smithson Some Basic Information About Your Instructor My name is Tara. Please call me Tara or Madame Tara (your choice!). I’m a doctoral student in the department of French Studies. I really love teaching, especially beginning language classes, and want this to be a great experience for you. I hope that some of you will continue your studies in French and that you’ll have the chance to live, work, or travel in a Francophone country. If you have questions about how to do these things, through LSU or otherwise, I’d be glad to help. For me, learning languages and encountering new cultures has been life altering. This is the fifth semester that I’ve taught French at LSU. Before moving to Louisiana, I studied English and French for my B.A. at UNC-Chapel Hill in NC, completed an M.A. in Teaching (same school), and taught high school in North Carolina for five years (French, English, Creative Writing, and Art History). I also lived, taught English, and took classes in Montpellier, France for three years. Outside of class, I enjoy running, practicing yoga, reading, going to movies, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with my housemate and our cat, Gris-Gris, and our dog, Padfoot. My Teaching Style I like to do a lot of interactive class work. Generally, we’ll begin with a quick review, then we’ll alternate between me presenting a little information and all of you practicing in partners or small groups. I also like incorporating quick, fun games and drills. I call on everyone so that everyone gets to practice. Since I like to maintain an atmosphere that facilitates your ability to learn and my ability to teach, I’m direct
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