Starting my PhD in Languages and Linguistics… in Australia

Here’s another secret that I’ve been keeping for a while: I’m moving to Australia in a few months to start my PhD in Languages and Linguistics.

I received a scholarship that pays all of the tuition fees as well as a living allowance for three years. My research will be on the teaching of French (of course!) and my research question will be focused on the vocabulary presented in textbooks that are commonly used in university classrooms and to what extent they teach spoken, informal, non-standard French.  I have a ton of ideas on how to improve the teaching of French – as you can see from my website – and I can’t wait to get back to doing academic research and being in a university environment.

Capital cities of Australia

I will be in one of these cities

Since my research will be a full-time job, I won’t have as much time to devote to the website but I intend to keep updating the tutorials and blog as much as possible. However, I suppose I will need to change the name of the blog since I will no longer be en France.  I have a ton of things to do before I leave (I don’t yet have an official date, but sometime in mid-July or August), including learning some Australian English and getting used to the accent. Any Aussie friends out there who can recommend some good Australian movies or series?

Size of France (blue on left) compared to Australia

Thank You André and Rest in Peace

My father-in-law, André, passed away yesterday. He was a very kind man and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. A few months ago, he helped contribute to the French Listening Resources mp3s by answering a few questions on French cuisine, traveling around the world and France’s national holiday. I hope that his words, spoken with his […]

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French Language Tutorial (2nd edition) Now Available

The 2nd edition of French Language Tutorial is now available! This is a major update from the first edition, available in either PDF format or as a coil-bound paperback. Changes from the first edition: Much more vocabulary and sample sentences, such as asking for help, giving advice, expressing opinions, likes & dislikes, etc. New order […]

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Numbers and Counting: American vs. French

I’m still endlessly fascinated by cultural differences between the US/North America and France/Europe that most people probably don’t spend much time thinking about. A McDonald’s commercial on French TV got me thinking about numbers and counting in other languages and cultures.  You learn quickly that Europe uses the 24 hour clock for schedules and the […]

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Comparative Grammar of the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Languages

My new favorite book. Published in 1868! 400 pages of comparative goodness. Verb conjugations (we really should bring back thou hadst and the T-V distinction in English!) There’s even vocabulary at the end, though the words are not grouped thematically like they are in The Loom of Language. I’ve also ordered A Comparative Practical Grammar […]

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Female Polyglots and Language Learners – Where Are You?

The lovely Susanna, author of Language is Music, and I were talking about the lack of female polyglots online even though most language classes have higher enrollment of women than men and many language teachers are female rather than male. Most polyglots online – especially on YouTube – are men and we can’t seem to […]

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Getting Used to Being an American Abroad (and Realizing that 30 Degrees is Hot)

The weather has been gorgeous in France this past week and I’ve been looking at the forecast everyday hoping that the sunshine sticks around for a while. Yet every time I watch the météo on TV or check the prévisions on meteofrance.com, I always have to stop for a moment and convert the Celcius degrees […]

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Recent Foreign Language and Traveling News

Some interesting articles and websites on foreign languages and traveling that I’ve come across in the past week or two: In Troubled Spain, Boom Times for Foreign Languages: more Spaniards learning languages in order to find jobs abroad Scandinavians Rule, Russians Low in English Language Skills: ranking the proficiency of English among 44 countries and […]

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My Say it in French Phrasebook Available in September from Dover Publications

Guess who’s a published author now? It’s on Amazon so that makes it official, right? One of my jobs last year was revising and updating Dover Publications’ Say it in French phrasebook. The original was written in the 50’s and included a section on telegrams and cablegrams, so there was a lot I needed to […]

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New Language Tutorial on ielanguages.com: Afrikaans!

I’m happy to announce that a new language tutorial has been added to ielanguages.com: Afrikaans! The tutorial was written by Selçuk Mert Köseoğlu and proofread by native-speaker Sarien, who also plans to record some mp3s. Afrikaans originated from 17th century Dutch and is one of the official languages of South Africa. It is also spoken in […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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