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
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