Want to learn more about French at Penn or studying abroad? Professor Sophie Dégât-Willis will be having an informal dinner chat at the KCECH dining hall on Thursday 17th October from 6-8PM. Come along if you want to practice your French, or if you have questions about French at Penn!
Just a bit about Professor Sophie Dégât-Willis:
A nativeParisian, Sophie Degât-Willisisa Lecturer in Foreign Languages and the coordinatorof French Intermediate Iat the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Science in Management & Business Administration from ESSEC Business School (Cergy, France) while pursuing a degree in Law at the Université de Cergy-Pontoise. In 2010, she decided to go back to her first love, languages (her undergraduate studies focused on the Humanities with a major in Italian) by enrolling in a Master of Arts in Specialized Business and Legal English Translation (Université Paris X, Nanterre). Among various professional experiences in fields such as marketing, foreign affairs, and law, she has founded two companies and is still managing one of them, Sophie Degat Translations. She discovered her passion for teaching language while volunteering as a literacy teacher for immigrants and refugees and decided to come to Penn in 2012 to teach French language and culture. This experience made her want to further her understanding of learning and (multicultural) classroom interaction, which is why she chose to pursue anM.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication from Penn Graduate School of Education, going back to the field site where everything started and writing her thesis on performing arts as a tool of empowerment in immigrant literacy education in French banlieues.She is now pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Linguistics at GSE. She has presented her pedagogic work at numerous international conferences, such as NEALLT, ACTFL, and the Ethnography in Education Research Forum. She teaches all levels of French, including specialized advanced courses, such as the French for Business curriculum (Fren211, Fren313), as well as an intro to sociolinguistics course titledLe Françaisdans le Monde (Fren229).