Lecturer in French Studies
Contact & Office Hours
Monday 9–11 a.m.
or by appointment.
Hatfield Hall 301
Master 2, Sciences du Langage, Stendhal University, Grenoble, France
Maîtrise universitaire/Master of Arts, 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 worked with Hélène Visentin and Marie-Madeleine Charlier (associate director, Smith Programs Abroad in Paris) on an online platform targeted toward students heading to study in Paris. The newly revamped web-based applications Métral redesigned for the three-week immersion course on oral expression, taught during interterm in January, provide a flipped classroom environment for more interactive learning. She taught Skyping with the French for several years, a course with a cross-cultural focus that connects Smith students with students from a grande école in Paris for weekly Skype conversations.