Department of French and Italian
Annette Sojic is a Senior Professor of Practice in French. She joined the Department of French and Italian in 2006. She received an M.A. in English and Dutch literature from the University of Liège, Belgium and a PhD. in French Literature from Tulane University. Her area of specialization is 19th-century French Literature, and her teaching interests are multiple. They cover a broad range of disciplines, including, most recently, language pedagogy and applied linguistics. She has taught a wide variety of French courses at Tulane: language courses (elementary, intermediate and advanced levels), literature courses (advanced level), language pedagogy, and translation courses (advanced level). She has created or revised several courses, such as an advanced writing intensive class on French short fiction, and an advanced translation theory and practice course. She received the April Brayfield Teaching Award in May 2013.
Along with teaching, she has put her passion and effort into service learning. In the spring of 2014, she started a series of curriculum translation projects, in partnership with the International School of Louisiana. Such projects have been designed to address the critical issue of the lack of pedagogical material in French covering those parts of ISL’s standards-based curriculum that are specifically related to American culture. The long-term objective of these collaborative translation projects is to produce a publishable version of textbooks and online materials, which would be available to French teachers in international schools all across the United States, and would bear recognition of Tulane’s civic engagement. The translation project which had started in 2014 was successfully completed in 2017, with the publication of the French version of a 450-page US history book by Pearson Education.
From 2014 to 2017, Annette Sojic served as Director of the French Language Program, coordinating lower- and intermediate-level French courses, as well as supervising the French teaching assistants, adjunct instructors and exchange students responsible for these courses. She also organized orientation meetings, pedagogical workshops, and supervised graduate students’ cultural activities such as Pause-Café and Ciné-Club.
At the beginning of the academic year 2018-2019, she started a new position as Director of the Professional French Program and the DFP (Diplôme de Francais Professionnel) Center, as Tulane became a CCI accredited test center. This position has involved correspondence and meetings with representatives of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the French General Consulate of New Orleans, and the French Embassy in Washington D.C. It has also entailed creating a list of local French entrepreneurs, promoting and advertising the new program at public events, and developing a course in order to prepare students for the Diplôme. Her course proposal (Professional French, FREN 4060/6060), was recently accepted by SLA’s Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and Graduate Studies Committee. The course, which will be offered for the first time in the spring of 2019, is designed to attract French majors and candidates for the 5-year combined B.A. and M.A. in French.