Elizabeth Allen has been coordinating the Elementary French sequence since 2000, and she is also in charge of the Conversation, Culture, and Communication series.
She teaches courses on a wide variety of cultural subjects, including French Cinema, Paris, and the literary avant-garde. In her courses, she attempts to communicate the importance of culture as actual, lived experience to her students, preferring to take the subject matter “off the page” and into their daily lives. Her classes include a variety of creative activities, such as poem recitations, French cooking, the creation of dada and surrealist collages, film-making, automatic writing, and discussions of ethics and values. French and Francophone literature and culture serve as a vibrant, prismatic window through which students may discover a heightened sense of self, of community, and of their place in the world at large.