Alice McLean

Director of the French Language Program, Senior Lecturer
Cobb 124
Office Hours: Monday/Friday 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. and by appointment
PhD ABD, University of Chicago

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.

Recent Courses in RLL
  • FREN 10100 Beginning Elementary French I (Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2023)
  • FREN 10200 Beginning Elementary French II (Autumn 2017, Winter 2018, Autumn 2020)
  • FREN 10300 Beginning Elementary French III (Autumn 2016)
  • FREN 20100 Language, History, and Culture I (Winter 2017)
  • FREN 23333/33333 Reading French for Research Purposes (Autumn 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2021, Autumn 2021, Winter 2022, Autumn 2022, Spring 2023)
  • PORT 10100 Beginning Elementary Portuguese I (Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019)
  • PORT 10200 Beginning Elementary Portuguese II (Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020)
  • PORT 10300 Beginning Elementary Portuguese III (Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020)
  • PORT 12200 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (Spring 2017, Autumn 2020)
  • PORT 14100 Portuguese for Speakers of Romance Languages (Winter 2017, Winter 2021, Winter 2023)
  • RLLT 48800 Foreign Language Acquisition, Research and Teaching (Spring 2021)