Academic Director, Center for Second Language Studies
Senior Lecturer in French Language and Culture
Post M.A. Didactics of Languages, Mons University (Belgium), 1996
M.A. Translation in French, English and Italian, Mons University (Belgium), 1996
B.A. Translation in French, English and Italian, Mons University (Belgium), 1996
Federal teaching licensure, Institut Reine Astrid, Mons (Belgium), 1992
Certificate of Didactics of Languages, Mons University (Belgium), 1989
Accreditation to teach French for the Medical Field, Paris Chamber of Commerce (France) 2010.
Professor Nathalie Dieu-Porter was born and raised in francophone Belgium. She joined the Department of French & Italian at Vanderbilt University in 1997 and as a Senior Lecturer in French has taught a broad range of language course including Medical French in Intercultural Contexts, French for Business and Economics, Advanced Conversation, Advanced Grammar and Phonetics. She received the Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts and Science. For 10 years she served as Coordinator of the Undergraduate French Language Program. Her other responsibilities include serving as Professor in Residence at Vanderbilt in France, acting as Faculty Vu-Ceptor for the Visions program, serving as Pre-major advisor, directing and teaching a Maymester Course on campus, in Paris, and in Aix-en-Provence, France aiming at studying and comparing healthcare systems. She is also the accredited Coordinator for the Paris Chamber of Commerce exams in Business French and French for the Medical Professions.
Professor Dieu-Porter has extensive expertise and experience in translating and interpreting in fields ranging from medical to legal translations and interpretations. In 2012, she served as Michelle Obama’s simultaneous interpreter for a conference at the Gaylord Convention Center in Nashville.
Second language acquisition; bilingual studies; grammar; business; comparative study of medicine and healthcare systems; translation and interpretation.