Lecturer of French
Mark Black earned his Ph.D. in French Linguistics from Indiana University, with his dissertation focusing on the interaction of sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. He also earned a Licence degree in Linguistics from the Université de Rouen in Normandy, France. He has taught English in France for several years at various levels (collège, lycée, university) and has taught French in immersion programs in Brittany for American high school students. He also completed a B.A. and M.A. in French from the University of Wyoming.
Black has presented his research at major conferences in second language acquisition (such as SLRF) and in sociolinguistics (such as NWAV). He has also presented conference papers on French literature and translation. He is currently preparing a chapter for an edited collection on second language acquisition of gender.
Black teaches French courses from beginner to advanced levels, including grammar, conversation, and culture. He has also organized or co-organized various cultural events such as French Conversation Table, English-French trivia night, and Breton dancing.