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Leif Michael French

Doyen, Faculté des humanités, Sam Houston State University

Dr. Leif French is Department Chair and Professor of Applied Linguistics and French. He completed his graduate studies at Université Laval in Quebec City, where he earned his MA in French Linguistics (Dialectology) and PhD in linguistics, specializing in psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. Prior to joining the faculty at SHSU, he held faculty appointments at Concordia University (Montreal) and the Université du Québec where he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in applied linguistics, supervised MA and PhD research and trained language teachers for the public and private sectors.

He has been awarded numerous internal and external research grants over the years, involving collaborators from Canada, the US, Argentina and Colombia. His work, which focuses mainly on the cognitive aspects of second language acquisition, language awareness, and teacher training, has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed venues and also presented at refereed conferences throughout the US, Canada, Europe and South America. He is currently involved in a variety of national and international research collaborations examining the development of French oral fluency in study abroad and instructed-learning contexts, the explicit teaching of French sociolinguistic variants in the classroom, linguistic barriers in bilingual healthcare (French and Spanish) and the effects of intensive language instruction.