Kathleen Meyer

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Kathleen Meyer

Lecturer IV of French

Office Location(s): 4028 MLB 1275
Phone: 734.647.2356
kemeyer@umich.edu

  • About

    I have been especially involved in understanding the various perspectives of people living in France during the early forties (partly through numerous interviews with individuals from that generation) as well as developing materials related to the period of decolonization that followed the war.  I strongly believe in opening students' minds to different perspectives and encouraging them to think critically  (with an emphasis on cultural and historical relativity).

    Having studied in Aix-en-Provence and worked in France in varying capacities (teaching in a middle school and high school in Grenoble and working with disadvantaged children in Lille), I am very familiar with the challenges and rewards of living and studying abroad as well as directing a program (I implemented and directed the summer program in Grenoble, France in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007).  Since I believe that study or work abroad should be an integral part of a liberal arts education, I strive to help students find a program that suits their interests and goals. 

    Courses taught: 


    French 232 : Intermediate French
    French 231 : Intermediate French
    French 270: Voyages et Altérité  (related to students’ experiences while studying abroad).
    French 274:  Perceptions et malentendus culturels - comment les Français et les Américains se voient (related to students’ experiences while studying abroad).
    French 101: Elementary French
    French 102: Elementary French
    French 103: Elementary French

  • Education
    • M.A. in French, University of Michigan, 1988
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Teaching and coordinating elementary French
    • The study abroad experience
    • Identity challenges in France today
    • Life in France during the Occupation
    • Second Language Acquisition
    • Using technology in the classroom