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Kathryn A. Dettmer, MA, MEd., adjunct instructor, Drexel Global Studies Modern Languages department

Kathryn A. Dettmer, MA, MEd.

Adjunct Instructor of French
Adjunct Representitive to Faculty Senate
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Office: Academic Building, Room 315
kad46@drexel.edu

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Education:

  • TESOL certificate, Drexel University, 2012
  • MEd Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education, Temple University, CITE, 1997
  • Czech language proficiency certificate, Univerzita Karlová, Prague, CZ, 1992
  • Graduate TFL course work, United States Peace Corps, Pre-service Training, 1992
  • MA French Literature, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1990
  • BA French Language and Literature, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1988

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

  • Language education
  • Translation
  • Czech
  • Universal design for teaching

Bio:

Kathryn Dettmer has been an adjunct professor of French for 20 or so years. Her research focuses on how to better teach French, particulary to students with learning differences. She is the co-author of a chapter entitled A Classroom for Everyone: Creating French Courses that Embrace Learning Differences, with Brenda Dyer–in Rethinking the French Classroom: Innovative Approaches to Teaching Diversity and Inclusion – Ed. Nicole Meyer and Eilene Hoft-March, 2021 from Routledge. She has also presented on the use of songs and different technologies in the language classroom, including presenting at the MLA National Conference in Washington DC in 2022 on Best Practices for Teaching Modern Language Inclusively for Learning Differences. She is also interested in literary translations and in 2022 had two poems, translated from the Czech, by František Halas in the journal DoubleSpeak.

As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mme. Dettmer’s teaching is focused on bringing the world to her students and encouraging her students to then explore the world for themselves.

Selected Publications:

  • Translation of two poems by Halas, from the Czech, in DoubleSpeak, Spring 2022.
  • A Classroom for Everyone: Creating French Courses that Embrace Learning Differences, with Brenda Dyer– a chapter in Rethinking the French Classroom: Innovative Approaches to Teaching Diversity and Inclusion – Ed. Nicole Meyer and Eilene Hoft-March, 2021 from Routledge.
  • Women Singing in French: An Annotated Bibliography of Francophone Women Singer/Songwriters, with Dr. Christine Moisset– Women in French Newsletter, Spring 2020.

Conference Presentations

  • Best Practices for Teaching Modern Language Inclusively for Learning Differences, with Brenda Dyer, 2022 Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, January 6-9, 2022
  • Dès le début: Enseigner avec des chansons au niveau débutant du FLE, with Dr. Christine Moisset, Congrès 2021 des Sciences Humaines, University of Alberta, Canada, May 27-June 4, 2021.
  • Picard, his eyes open: Getting students to lose the Universal Translator and embrace the realia, with Michael Boglovits at The Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology, March 12-13, 2021.
  • Remembrances of Assessments Past: Lessons learned from shifting assessments on line in the French classroom, with Brenda Dyer, Snapshot session, Drexel University Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessments, September 10, 2020.