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Oct 06 2015

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Bonjour à tous!

I am Emmanuelle (or Manu) and I’m the French Teaching Assistant at Willamette this year. Most of you have already met me (whether when I introduced myself in the different French classes or during my tutoring hours), but here are a few things about me:


Here is a photo of me wearing the very stereotypical outfit of a French person (beret, red scarf and sailor-stripe jersey)


Well, as you probably all know I am French, but more specifically a Norman – which means that I come from Normandie (in the North West of France).                                                                                                                                 Image1

Normandie is quite famous worldwide for its landing beaches (DDay), where the Allies landed on June 6th 1944. Here is a photo of Omaha Beach (one of the 5 landing beaches along with Juno Beach, Sword Beach, Gold Beach, and Utah Beach), the beach assigned to the American landings. The landing on Omaha was the most deadly of all, with about 4,000 American soldiers killed, wounded and missing – hence the beach’s nickname  “Omaha la Sanglante” (“Bloody Omaha”).


It is also in this very region where you can find l’Abbaye du Mont St Michel, which is the third most visited monument in France (after the “Tour Eiffel” and the “Chateau de Versailles”) with more than two and half million visitors a year.


Caen (the city where I was born) is one of the main cities of Normandie and is home to William the Conqueror’s castle, which was built around 1060. William the Conqueror, who became Duke of Normandy in 1035, was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. The castle of Caen is still one of the oldest fortified castles of Europe today.


Situated next to the castle is the University of Caen, one of the oldest universities in France. Built in 1432 by the King of England, Henry VI, the university was completely destroyed during the WWII ally bombings in July 1944 and was then rebuilt entirely, hence the fact that the Phoenix is its symbol. The university welcomes about 26,000 students every year and offers a large variety of fields of study.



Normandie is also famous for its food, and more specifically for its dairy products such as milk, cream, butter, cheese but also for its apples, cider, calvados (a distilled cider or apple brandy), and seafood.


Even though I often complain about the rainy weather in Normandie, I love my region for its rural character, its rich history, its landscapes, and the opportunities it offers in terms of culture, sports, studies, etc.

I am a huge sports fan – I love both practicing sports and watching sports on TV or attending matches/sporting events when I have the opportunity. My favorite sports are track and field, handball, and rugby.

I studied English at the University of Caen (Language, Literature and Foreign Civilization) and specialized in American Civilization for my Research Master’s Degree dissertation. I decided to study English and US Civilization in particular because I’ve always been attracted to the English language and interested in discovering other cultures and the history of other countries. Ideally, I would like to teach American civilization at a University in France so after my year at Willamette, I will go back to University to finish my studies and hopefully become a teacher one day. 

This year at Willamette will therefore be a great cultural exchange and teaching experience for me, and I will try to do my best to help you in French. So do not hesitate to send me an email or come and see me if you have any questions/problems. Here is a reminder of my tutoring and conversational sessions:

French tutoring hours (Ford Hall):

  • Monday: 3:00-6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 3:00-6:00 pm

French table (Goudy):

  • Wednesday: 6:15-7:15 pm

Basic Conversational French class (WLT 21):

  • Tuesday: 4:00-5:00 pm  


A bientôt!



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