Christiane Métral, a dual citizen of France and Switzerland, began teaching at Smith in 1996. Her focus is foreign language pedagogy and cross-cultural communication. She earned a Master 2 Sciences du Langage in Français Langue Etrangere with the Université Stendhal, Grenoble and received a certification as an oral proficiency examiner through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She also holds a Maîtrise universitaire/Master of Arts from the Université de Genève in Switzerland.
Métral teaches French language courses at all levels, a literature course and the January term immersion course in French oral expression. In the spring she offers a course on cultural communication where students have weekly conversations with French students from a prestigious college in Paris, using Skype and videoconferencing technology. She co-directed the Junior Year Abroad program in Geneva in 2004-2005.