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Nathalie Dieu-Porter

Nathalie Dieu-Porter
Senior Lecturer in French

French Language and Culture







D.E.A. Université de Mons-Hainaut, Belgium


Professional Biography

Second language acquisition has been my focus. I have taught numerous courses in Italian and French, ranging from Beginning Italian to Advanced French Grammar, Advanced French Conversation, French for Business, and Medical French in Intercultural Contexts.

At the end of each semester, students enrolled in French for Business or in Medical French in Intercultural Contexts are given the opportunity to take a standardized exam in order to receive the “Diplôme de Français des Affaires” or the “Diplôme du Français Médical” which are both awarded by the French Government.

Additionally, I coordinated the Undergraduate French Language Program for almost 10 years, working with graduate teaching assistants.

I moved to the United States from Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium, in which I was raised. Before moving to Nashville in 1996, I participated in an exchange program between France and the state of Louisiana; in this program, I taught at the elementary, middle school, and college levels.

In September 2005, I received the Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts and Science.

Other Responsibilities

Professor in Residence at Vanderbilt-in-France, Fall 2005.
Vanderbilt Visions, VUCeptor, Fall 2006 to present.
Pre-major advisor, Fall 2006-Spring 2008.
Numerous translation and interpretation works ranging from movie subtitles to scholarly publications, and court interpretation.