The Department of French and Italian

Valentin Duquet

Ph.D. in French Studies,

Valentin Duquet



France in/and the Méditerranée; French Fascism and Orientalism; the Midi; 19th–21st century


Valentin Duquet is a 2nd year PhD student and an Assistant Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin. He was born in Montbéliard in eastern France. He works on Postcolonial 19th Century

He first completed an MA in American Studies at the Université de Strasbourg; he then spent a year in Michigan teaching French, and continued teaching at Syracuse University for two more years while earning an MA in Francophone Studies focusing on Caribbean Literature and the Algerian Revolution.

His current research revolves around concepts of Frenchness and Otherness, and he is working towards a Graduate Portfolio in Middle Eastern Studies. He also speaks Spanish and completed year II of the Arabic language track at UT.


FR 601C • Beginning French

35635 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 8:00AM-9:00AM MEZ 2.122

Welcome to the French Intensive Language Program. French 601C is the first semester elementary French course at the University of Texas and assumes no previous knowledge of the language.  Français interactif is a unique beginning French program developed at the University of Texas. Français interactifhelps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The UT students will introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.  Keep in mind as you watch these students that they were in your position only a year ago--enrolled in beginning French at UT!  This program shows you that it IS possible to learn French well enough to communicate with native speakers.

In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, you will also watch videos of native French speakers as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions (e.g., vendors in the market, waiters at a café, children getting ready to go to school, etc.)  These video-based materials give Français interactif an authenticity and immediacy lacking in most commercially produced textbooks. 

As its name implies, Français interactif emphasizes interaction:
student/teacher, student/student, student/computer, and even
student/native-speaker.  The goal of these materials is in its title: interaction in French!  More specifically, the goal of this course is to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French.  This means that you will learn useful vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural information, which is embedded naturally in the videos and textbook content.  The classroom focus is on learner-centered group activities and language is naturally communicative.

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