Isabelle Faton

Assistant Instructional Professor in French
Gate-Blakes 227
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11:30-12 p.m. (in-person or via Zoom) and by appointment
Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies, University of Chicago, 2016
Research Interests: World language pedagogy; bilingualism and heritage learners; social justice, law and literature, cinema and theater

I received my PhD in French and Francophone Literature from the University of Chicago in 2016. I have been teaching French at the University of Chicago since 2008, and I also became a part-time French instructor at Loyola University Chicago in the fall of 2018. I’m very happy to be joining the Department full-time in the Fall of 2022 to continue to share my passion with my students and to expand my teaching interests!
I have taught a wide range of courses in both institutions: first, second, and third-year French classes, French for research purposes for graduate and undergraduate students, and stand-alone French literature classes for undergraduate students.
By using different types of materials, whether journalistic, cinematographic, literary, or academic, I find that students are challenged in a way that makes language learning more interesting for them and places them in “real situations”. My teaching experiences, combined with my interdisciplinary background – I have degrees in Law and History in addition to Teaching French as a Foreign Language – led me to develop a real passion for building bridges between French and American cultures. I am delighted to have the opportunity to bring together my research and teaching interests and to continue to facilitate engaging classroom conversations for students at the University of Chicago!



Recent Courses in RLL
  • FREN 10100 Beginning Elementary French I (Spring 2023, Winter 2024)
  • FREN 10200 Beginning Elementary French II (Spring 2024)
  • FREN 10300 Beginning Elementary French III (Autumn 2022, Spring 2024)
  • FREN 10402 Heritage French : Developing Foundational Skills (Autumn 2023)
  • FREN 20100 Language, History, and Culture I (Winter 2023)
  • FREN 20200 Language, History, and Culture II (Autumn 2022)
  • FREN 20300 Language, History, and Culture III (Winter 2023)
  • FREN 20500 Ecrire en français (Spring 2023, Autumn 2023, Winter 2024)