Romance Languages and Literatures

Alice McLean

Director of the French Language Program and Senior Lecturer


Cobb 124

Office Hours: 

M 11:30-12:20; W 9:45-10:15; F 11:30-12:00 & by appt.

Phone Number: 



Program(s): French and Francophone Studies, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies

Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to do two things: play the flute and learn French. I did both, but not before moving to Brazil with my family and learning Portuguese. My first paying job was teaching English as a second language in high school, and teaching languages is what I have been doing ever since. After attending Davidson College, where my BA combined French and Russian literature and music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, I began my graduate work at IU/Bloomington in Applied French Linguistics. Ultimately, however, I took an MA in Romance Languages (in French Literature) from UChicago, where I subsequently continued to pursue a PhD in medieval French literature, voluntarily withdrawing (ABD) from that program to become a full-time lecturer in French and Portuguese. The co-author of two award-winning articles in French pedagogy, I have also developed (with Ana Lima) a listening comprehension-based curriculum in Portuguese.