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Benjamin Semple

Professor; French Program Director; Director Paris Program

Department of Modern Languages
E. 502 Boone Ave.
AD Box 044
Spokane, WA 99258-0001

Phone: 313-6721

Office Location
E. 511 Sharp Rm 204

Office Hours

Office Hours:
MW 2:15-3:45
& by appointment

Professor Semple has more than twenty years of experience teaching French in a variety of institutional contexts, both in the United States and abroad, and at a variety of levels: middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate. He holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Pennsylvania. He served for five years (1993-1998) on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, and for two years (1996-1998) as president of the same chapter. A medievalist by specialization, he has been the president of the North American chapter of the International Christine de Pizan Society since June of 2006.

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Barbara Boyer
Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages
502 E. Boone Ave
AD Box 044
Spokane, WA 99258-0044

Phone: 313-3882

Office Location
511 E. Sharp Room 102

Office Hours


A native of France, Professor Boyer holds a B.A. in English and one in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Aix-en-Provence, an M.A. in French Literature from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D in French and Francophone Literature from the University of Southern California.  In 2003, she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from USC.  Professor Boyer teaches French and Francophone literature and Culture, Postcolonial Cinema, and all levels of language classes.

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Marina Drake

Department of Modern Languages
E. 502 Boone Ave.
AD Box 44
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-3962

Office Location
E. 511 Sharp, Rm 208

Office Hours

MWF 11:30-12:30

By appointment

A native of France, Marina Drake holds a BA in English and MA in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Montpellier, France. She has been teaching French as a foreign language to high school and university students since 1998 and also has experience in technical writing, translation and language consulting. She taught French at Gonzaga from 2002 to 2005 and is happy to be back once again to share her language and culture with the students.


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