Christiane Métral

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Christiane Metral

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2020
Monday, 10–11 a.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m.–noon
or by appointment.

Hatfield Hall 301



Master 2, Sciences du Langage, Stendhal University, Grenoble, France

Maîtrise universitaire/B.A., M.A., University of Geneva, Switzerland


Christiane Métral, a dual citizen of France and Switzerland, began teaching at Smith in 1996. Her field of specialization is foreign language pedagogy and cross-cultural communication. She also received a certification as an oral proficiency examiner through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She co-directed the Smith Program Abroad in Geneva in 2004–05.

A fervent advocate of integrating emerging technology in language teaching, she has been involved in several blended learning initiatives. She teaches "Skyping with the French”, a course with a cross-cultural focus that connects Smith students with students from a grande école in Paris for weekly Skype conversations. She also worked with Hélène Visentin on an online cultural platform targeted toward students heading to study in Paris, France, for a year. The newly revamped web-based applications she redesigned for the three-week immersion course on oral expression, that she regularly teaches during interterm in January, provide a flipped classroom environment for more interactive learning.

Her keen interest in intercultural matters lead her to create a course entitled “Becoming Foreign: Acquiring Global Competence to Study Abroad”, with her Italian colleague, Bruno Grazioli. Intercultural thinking is at the heart of her pedagogy.

Selected Publications

Métral C. & Vanpée J., "Speaking (like the) French: The Success of a Three-Week Domestic Immersion Program," French Review, Vol 91:3, 2018.

Skorupa C., Métral C., Mack M., Benenson J. & Pietrucci S. “« Cross-Cultural Connections » Mediation in a Bilingual Telecollaboration and Cultural Exchange between Télécom-ParisTech and Two American Universities,” Acteurs et formes de médiation pour le dialogue interculturel. GLAT Padova 2016. Actes du Colloque international (Université de Padoue, 17-19 mai 2016), May 2017.

Métral C. & Benenson J. “« Cross-Cultural Connections » Echanges synchrones et asynchrones transatlantiques 2003-2010 France/USA,” French Review, Vol. 85.2, 2011.