Faculty - Suzanne Drolet
Suzanne has been teaching at the University of Vermont since 1987 and prior to that, as a graduate student. The courses she most frequently teaches are French 101 (French Writing Workshop) and French 107 (Intensive Oral Expression). She also often teaches French 051 and 052 (Intermediate French) and will teach French 109 (Grammar Review) in the fall of 2010. She enjoys these small language classes that allow her to know her students well and tailor some of the course material to their particular interests. Suzanne completed a B.A. in French at the University of Vermont and earned a Diplôme Supérieur des Etudes Etrangères from the Université de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France. She then returned to Vermont where she was awarded a two-year teaching assistantship during which time she completed an M.A. in French. The title of her thesis is Consuelo: la lutte pour la liberté, a thematic study of the George Sand novel. The years she spent studying in France while living with her mother’s family made her realize the value of a study abroad experience. Suzanne encourages all her students to consider spending a semester or an academic year in a French-speaking country and has written many letters of recommendation over the years on their behalf.
When she is not teaching, Suzanne enjoys being a student of language and has been studying Norwegian since 1996. This has helped her understand some of the difficulties and frustration students must overcome. Her other interests include outdoor sports and activities particularly alpine and Nordic skiing, ice hockey, hiking and gardening.