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Professor Isabelle Chapuis-Alvarez
Assistant Professor of French

Biography

Professor Isabelle Chapuis-Alvarez studied Modern Greek at the Université de la Sorbonne, Paris. While working on her Doctorate in Paris she also taught French and expressed her interst in Art, participating in several art exhibits.

Her love for travel and world cultures brought her to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She taught at the French School and taught French to members of the Crown Prince's family.

After this first middle-eastern experience, Isabelle moved to Grand Rapids with her husband Guillaume and her two children Stélios and Athina. Here, she taught French and Art. She then spent two years in the United Arab Emirates, teaching French, Art, and History. During the summer months, she and her family would travel in the region, exploring history through museums, architecture, and food.

Upon her return, she focused on teaching French at local universities (Aquinas, Grand Valley State University, and Hope College). Her passion for teaching, as well as her love for popular culture and French literature, have allowed her to impart a love of the French language to her students.

In her spare time, she loves reading "bandes dessinées," painting, and cooking dishes from around the world.

Education

  • Art History
  • French Literature and Culture
  • Business French
  • Greek Studies

Teaching Interests

  • French Language and Culture
  • French Grammar and Phonetics
  • Francophone Cultures
  • French Literature
  • Conversational French
  • French Cinema
  • French Popular Culture
    (Visual Arts, Graphic Novels, Music and Films)
  • Autobiographical Literature

Research Interests

  • Greek Laography
  • French Popular Culture
    (Visual Arts, Graphic Novels, Music and Films)
  • Pedagogy

Courses Taught at Hope & Other Universities

FYS   First Year Seminar
F 101   French I
F 102   French II
FRE 150   Intensive Elementary French (French III&IV)
F 201   French III
F 202   French IV
F 301   Advanced Composition and Grammar Review
FRE 204   French Conversation
FRE 307   Advanced French and Grammar
F 311   Life Writings
F 311   French Grammar and Phonetics
F 313   Advanced French Conversation
F 344   French and Francophone Cultures
FRE 350   Business French
F 444   Twentieth Century French Literature
F 490   Special Problems in French
F 495   Studies in French Culture
     
    : Courses taught at Aquinas College
    : Courses taught at Grand Valley State University
    : Courses taught at Hope College

Courses Currently Taught

F 201   French III
F 202   French IV
F 311   French Grammar & Phonetics
F 313   Advanced French Conversation
F 344   French and Francophone Cultures
F 345   Life Writings
F 380   French House Practicum
F 444   Twentieth Century French Literature
F 490   Special Problems in French
F 495   Studies in French Culture

Publications

« Étude sur l’Évolution du Thème des Oiseaux de Nuit dans la Grèce Ancienne, Médiévale et Moderne. » (Doctoral Thesis, 2010)

« Quelques éléments de l’évolution du vocabulaire du vêtement religieux en Grec du début de l’Empire Byzantin à la fin de la Turcocratie, » Cahiers Balkaniques No 8, Paris, 1986.

« La chouette dans la littérature et la pensée grecque des origines à nos jours » (ABD Thesis, 1985)

« Les icônes portatives grecques des origines au XVIIIème Siècle » (Master Thesis, 1984)

Papers Presented

« Des chansons pour apprendre le français: de la chanson traditionnelle aux vidéoclips », Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Hope College, March, 2003.

« Opération BD: ou comment introduire le 9ème art dans la classe de français ». Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Grand Valley State University, March 2004. 

« Des mets aux mots : des pistes pédagogiques pour découvrir les habitudes culinaires françaises., Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, March 4, 2005.

« L’adhésion de la Turquie à l’Europe: atout ou handicap? » Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Oakland University, Rochester Hills, March 3, 2006.

Panel discussion arranged by Chiaroscuro on International Movies following the showing of the French film « Vatel», UICA, Grand Rapids and the Herrick Library, Holland, March 2006.

« Liberté, Inégalité, Fraternité: État des lieux de la condition des femmes à l’aube du XXIème siècle en France. » Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, March 9, 2007.

Panel discussion arranged by Chiaroscuro on International Movies following the showing of the French film « Vatel», UICA, Grand Rapids and the Herrick Library,Holland, March 2006.

« Je(ux) en images, ou l’exploitation en classe de français des récits de vie qui font appel à différents univers graphiques : Le Voile Noir d’Anny Duperey, Persépolis de Marjane Satrapi et Le Photographe d’Emmanuel Guibert et Didier Lefèvre.» Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, March 7, 2008.

« Brats, French Bread, and Sushi: What Food Tells Us about Culture. » Arts and Humanities Fair, in collaboration with Professor Sander deHaan and Professor Andi Nakajima, Hope College, September 26, 2008.

« D’Astérix à Sarko, quelle Bande Dessinée utiliser dans la classe de français ? » Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Alma College, Alma, March 20, 2009.

« Bienvenue dans le monde des bulles, ou comment intégrer le 9ème art dans la classe de français.» Seventh Annual Southwest Michigan French and Francophone Studies Roundtable, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, November 6, 2009.

« Qui a peur du grand méchant Nook ?’ : La lecture traditionnelle est-elle en danger ? » Michigan Academy of Science, Art and Letters, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, March 26, 2010.

« Au secours! La dictée revient!’ : Le retour en force du bon usage du français à l’école et au travail en France. » Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, March 11, 2011.

« La lecture de l’image en classe de français : quelques pistes pédagogiques. » MIWLA, Lansing, October 21, 2011.

Workshops and Performances

« Douce France.» (First French Showcase). Hope College, DeWitt Studio Theater on April 7, 2005.

« En sortant de l’école.» (Second French Showcase). Hope College, DeWitt Studio Theater, April 6, 2006.

« Le français, ça vous chante? »: L’utilisation de la chanson française dans le cours de français. Fourth Annual Southwest Michigan French and Francophone Studies Roundtable, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, October 20, 2006.

« Télé-Variété » (Third French Showcase). Hope College, DeWitt Studio Theater, March 29, 2007.

« L’ABC et le B.A.-BA de la BD : pour une nouvelle approche de l’enseignement du français.» (3-Hour workshop) Central States Conference, Dearborn, March 6, 2008.

« Vous avez dit BD? Succès assuré dans la classe de français! » (3-Hour workshop) MIWLA, Lansing, October 16, 2009. 

« Activités pédagogiques autour de la Bande Dessinée. » (1-hour workshop) GVSU, Allendale, November 17, 2009.

« Le Chat de Gelück et Nathalie de Sergio Salma : Activités orales autour des BD.» (1-hour workshop) GVSU, Allendale, November 16, 2010.

« Activités écrites à partir des albums de Tardi et Gelück.» (1-hour workshop) GVSU, Allendale, November 16, 2010.

Collaborative Student-Faculty Research

Several French students presented the research they had produced in my French seminars (F 495 and F 444) in the “French & Italian Language & Literature” section during the annual meetings of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters.

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, March 5, 2005

  • Junior Denisa Alexandrescu of Bucharest presented « Amélie Nothomb : Impressions de Chine et du Japon. »
  • Junior Daniela Banu of Bucharest presented « Le thème du voyage dans l’œuvre de Jean-Marie Le Clézio. »

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Oakland Center at Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Fr March 3, 2006:

  • Senior Daniela Banu of Bucharest presented «Un regard croisé franco-américain sur la France et l'Amérique contemporaines. »
  • Senior Anne Bast of Grand Rapids presented « L’amour et la ville : la perception de Simone de Beauvoir de la ville américaine dans ‘L’Amérique au jour le jour’ et ‘Lettres à Nelson Algren’.»
  • Sophomore Stélios Alvarez from Grand Rapids presented « Les thèmes liés au voyage dans ‘Courrier Sud’, ‘Vol de nuit’ et ‘Terre des hommes’ d’Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.»

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, March 9 2007:

  • Senior Kyle Smith of Grand Rapids presented « Le récit de vie en images: le Photographe d'Emmanuel Guibert et Didier Lefèvre. »
  • Senior Elizabeth Coen of Deerfield, Ill., presented « Le processus du deuil dans Le Livre de ma mère d'Albert Cohen.»
  • Junior Stélios Alvarez of Grand Rapids presented « La lecture d'une autobiographie gagne-t-elle être complétée par celle d'une biographie ?: Les mots de Sartre et Sartre d'Annie Cohen-Solal .»

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Calvin College, Grand Rapids,March 26 2010.

  • Senior Amy Kamps of Muskegon presented « Biographie, autobiographie et témoignage sur les camps de concentration: 'Maus' d'Art Spiegelman et 'Si c'est un homme' de Primo Levi.» 
  • Senior Natalie DeGeorge of St. Clair Shores presented « La bande dessinée: un medium acceptable pour un récit de vie? 'Persépolis' de Marjane Satrapi et 'Le Photographe' d'Emmanuel Guibert et Didier Lefèvre. »
  • Junior Lauren Clack of Grand Rapids presented « Les crimes d'honneur dénoncés grâce aux récits de vie: 'Brûlée vive' de Souad et 'Défigurée' de Rania Al-Baz. »
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From left to right: Lauren Clack, Professor Chapuis-Alvarez,
Natalie DeGeorge and Amy Kamps.

Also, several of my F 344 (Francophone Cultures) and 444 (Twentieth Century Literature) students presented their research at the Annual Celebration of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance at Hope College.

Celebration of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance, Hope College, January 29, 2007:

  • Senior Kathryn Coulter presented « Photographs and the Memory in Anny Duperey’s Le Voile Noir. »
  • Senior Kyle Smith presented  « An Autobiographical Account in Pictures: Le Photographe by Emmanuel Guibert and Didier Lefèvre. »  
  • Junior Stélios Alvarez presented « Is an Autobiography Complemented by a Biographical Study? 'Les Mots' by Sartre and 'Sartre' by Annie Cohen-Solal. »

Celebration of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance, Hope College, March 28, 2008:

  • Senior Sarah Williams presented « A Woman Ahead of her Time: the Life of Camille Claudel. »

Celebration of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance, Hope College, April 9, 2010.

  • Senior Ian Amin presented « The Characteristics of the Biographical Genre and Their Limits in Une Femme by Anne Delbée. »
  • Senior Lauren Clack presented « Women who suffer in the Name of Honor: How their Testimonies have impacted the Realm of Human Rights. »
  • Senior Natalie DeGeorge presented « The graphic novel: an acceptable medium for recounting one’s life? »
  • Senior Amy Kamps presented « Biography, Autobiography and Concentration Camp Testimonial presented « Maus by Art Spiegelman and Si c’est un homme by Primo Levi. »
  • Senior Laura Stritzke presented « The Role of Images in the Grieving Process: Le Voile Noir by Anny Duperey. »

Celebration of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance, Hope College, April 15, 2011:

  • Junior Gretchen Baldwin presented « Attempting to Silence a People: The Oppression of the Berbers in North Africa. »
  • Junior Delaney Erickson presented « Rescuing Haiti’s Next Generation. »
  • Junior Joe Habbouche presented « Haiti: A Country to be Rebuilt. »
  • Junior Chelsea Wiese presented « Oppression and Injustice for Women in the Maghreb. »
MI-Academy-2010
From left to right: Chelsea Wiese, Gretchen Baldwin, Professor Chapuis-Alvarez, Delaney Erickson and Joe Habbouche

Professional Memberships

  • Pi Delta Phi Honorary Member,
    Moderator of the Gamma Mu Chapter
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Association of Teachers of French,
    Modern Language Association
  • Michigan World Language Association
  • Michigan Academy of Science Arts and Letters

Additional Links

Contact Information

Professor Isabelle Chapuis- Alvarez