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College of Arts and Sciences

Rebecca M. Valette
Professor Emerita of French

romance languages and literatures

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., University of Colorado; B.A., Mt. Holyoke College

Research Areas

The Yeibichai Theme in Navajo Weaving and Art, Second Languages Acquisition and Testing, French Culture and Film

Honors and Awards

L.H.D., Mount Holyoke College - Gold Medal, Renaissance Française

Chevalier, Ordre national du mérite

Commandeur, Ordre des Palmes académiques

Board of Directors, Federation of Alliances Françaises - USA, 2003

President, Alliance Française de Boston et de Cambridge, 2002

ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, 2000

President, American Association of Teachers of French, 1992-1994

Chair, Division on the Teaching of Languages, Modern Language Association, 1980-1982

Vice President, American Association of Teachers of French, 1980-1986

Board of Directors, Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français, 1982-1988

Board of Directors, Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 1971-1975

Books (selection)

Contacts: Langue et culture françaises, 8th ed., with Jean-Paul Valette. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009.

Discovering French Nouveau: Bleu, with Jean-Paul Valette. Evanston: McDougal Littell, 2007.

A votre tour: Intermediate French, with Jean-Paul Valette. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

Federation of Alliances Françaises Education Handbook. Milwaukee: Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, 2005.

Album: Cuentos des mundo hispánico, with Joy Renjilian-Burgy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

Discovering French Nouveau: Bleu

Discovering French Nouveau: Bleu, with Jean-Paul Valette. Evanston, IL: McDougal & Littell, 2004.

Discovering French Nouveau: Rouge

Discovering French Nouveau: Rouge, with Jean-Paul Valette. Evanston: McDougal Littell, 2007.

Discovering French Nouveau: Blanc

Discovering French Nouveau: Blanc, with Jean-Paul Valette. Evanston: McDougal Littell, 2007.

Contacts, 7th edition

Contacts, 7th edition, with Jean-Paul Valette. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Weaving the Dance: Navajo Yeibichai Textiles

 

Weaving the Dance: Navajo Yeibichai Textiles (1910-1950), with Jean-Paul Valette. Albuquerque, NM: Adobe Gallery; Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2000.

Modern Language Classroom Techniques; A Handbook, with Edward David Allen. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972.

Arthur De Gobineau and the Short Story. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1969.

Modern Language Testing, A Handbook. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1967.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"The Sound of French Music and the Music of French: From Melody to Prosody," in AATF National Bulletin 35:1 (September 2009), 43-47.

"Yah-nah-pah's 'Ceremonial' Weavings," in Hali, 160 (August 2009), 80-83.