Christiane Métral

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Christiane Metral

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2021
Tuesday, 9:30–10:30 (via Zoom)
Wednesday, 2:30–3:30 (in person)

Hatfield Hall 301



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

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

Certification as an oral proficiency examiner through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)


A dual citizen of France and Switzerland, Métral’s field of specialization is foreign language pedagogy and cross-cultural communication. Intercultural thinking is at the heart of her pedagogy whether she teaches language or culture courses. She joined the faculty at Smith in 1996 and 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 has been teaching "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 Zoom conversations. She also created, with Hélène Visentin, an online cultural platform targeted toward students heading to study in Paris. The three-week immersion course on oral expression that she regularly teaches during interterm in January, has been redesigned to provide a flipped classroom environment for more interactive learning. Her keen interest in intercultural matters lead her to co-create with an Italian colleague a course entitled “Becoming Foreign: Acquiring Global Competence to Study Abroad”.

More recently her research interest on cultural values steered her to publish a book chapter on French youth which offers a sociological perspective on the diversity of youth in France, looking at youth cultural values, and socio-economic circumstances in different environments.

Selected Publications

“Les jeunesses en France : économie, culture, sociologie” in La France contemporaine: unité et diversités, polarisations et solidarités. Sous la direction de Michel Gueldry et Armelle Crouzières-Ingenthron. AATF, The French Review Book Series, Volume 2 (2020).

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.

Métral C., Benenson J. & Skorupa C., “Echanges synchrones transatlantiques. Le projet « Cross-Cultural Connections »” Distances et Savoirs, TICE, enseignement supérieur et formation, ed. Rizza C. Vol. 7, 2009: 253-272.