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I advise students who are part of the following Cal Poly-affiliated organizations: College Republicans; French/Francophone Culture/s' Club (currently undergoing the charter-approval process); French Minors (surnames starting with A-M); Golden Key International Honour Society (currently dormant but looking for energetic potential leaders to revive the Cal Poly chapter); Modern Languages and Literatures; The National Society of Collegiate Scholars; and Turning Point USA.

How to tell sketchy honor societies from legitimate ones.

If I am Your Professor

Here is what I--and others--reasonably expect of you as a student. Please read carefully.

I Endorse This Statement (from Heterodox Academy)

“I believe that university life requires that people with diverse viewpoints and perspectives encounter each other in an environment where they feel free to speak up and challenge each other. I am concerned that many academic fields and universities currently lack sufficient viewpoint diversity—particularly political diversity. I will support viewpoint diversity in my academic field, my university, my department, and my classroom.”

Your Right to Free Speech

It is important that you stand up for your right to free speech on this college campus and that the constitution not be quarantined. Cal Poly has a problematic "yellow light" speech code status.

As noted in FIRE's Guide to Free Speech on Campus, "sheltering students from speech that might offend them is patronizing and paternalistic" (159). It is furthermore important that administrators be reminded that "pain and offense" are "vital part[s] of the educational process" and are the "inevitable by-product[s] of having one's fundamental beliefs challenged" (160).

Think For Yourself

Good advice, whether you attend an Ivy League college or Cal Poly (cheaper, for sure... and--arguably--a better bang for your buck!).

Regarding "College Crybullies"

I have tolerance neither for college indoctrination nor the rise of "crybullies." I agree with Roger Kimball, who writes in "The Rise of College Crybullies": "The idea that one should attend college to be protected from ideas one might find controversial or offensive could only occur to someone who had jettisoned any hope of acquiring an education." (Wall Street Journal, 14 - 15 November 2015: A9)

I am also increasingly fearful that universities run the risk of stifling free speech. This is something that I will not tolerate.

I do not believe in the necessity to provide "trigger warnings" in my classes (which typically introduce students to materials intended to challenge their values and beliefs).

Those interested in learning more might consider listening to a July 2017 interview granted by Milo Yiannopoulos to National Public Radio, in which many of the ideas that warrant deeper and more open discussion on our college campuses and in our American society are thoughtfully and articulately defended.

Letters of Recommendation

If you seek a letter of recommendation from me, you should discuss your application with me in person well in advance of the deadline (one-month minimum). If you do not, I will likely not agree to write one for you.

If you are seeking a letter of recommendation from me for graduate school, you should also read "Dos and Don't for Requesting a Recommendation Letter for Grad School." If you come to my office unprepared, I will not agree to write one on your behalf. Please also note that I will only recommend strong students (grade/s of A in my course/s) who have remained in close contact with me throughout their undergraduate careers at Cal Poly.

Of Potential Interest

Acapela Group

Applying to College? Make Sure You Have Options to Study Languages

Ah, Bartleby; Ah, Humanities

Alliance Defending Freedom

All Out

AP Higher Education

A Primer on Electronic Communication (from Inside Higher Ed)

Benefits of Language Learning

Building a Fluent Workforce

California Language Teachers' Association

Cal Poly CLA (short video; long video)

Cal Poly Disorientation Guide (2015)

Cal Poly Study Abroad

Cal Poly Students Using French

Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers


Education News

Escape the Ivory Tower

Exploring the New AP Program for World Languages (see page 52+)

Fire's Guide to Free Speech on Campus

FIRE's Spotlight: The Campus Freedom Resource -- Cal Poly (yellow light for censoring student speech)

Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World

Free Exchange on Campus

Golden Key International Honour Society

Good News, Liberal Arts Majors

Immersion: Strategies for Cultural and Linguistic Survival

International Education Week

Joint National Committee for Languages

Kanopy (Video Streaming Service)

Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities

Language Study in the Age of Globalization: The College-Level Experience

Larry Summers is Wrong About Languages

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education

MLA Language Map

The MLA Style Center

Modern Languages and Literatures Library Guide

Narrating Lives Video Project

New York University Libraries (Bobcat)



Philopena (a site I maintained when I was department chair)

Poly Politics: Cal Poly, SLO

Le Refuge

Shift Happens

So You Want to Get a Ph.D. in the Humanities: Nine Years Later

Students for Academic Freedom

Twenty-Five Reasons to Study Foreign Languages

Understanding the MLA International Bibliography

Viewpoint Diversity Experience

Virtual Poetry Center - 92nd Street Y

Volunteer SLO

What is a Foreign Language Worth?

Why Language Study Should Be Part of Your College Experience

Young America's Foundation


AATF - Southern California

Above the Fold, Canada in SoCal

L'Académie en ligne

ACTFL Guidelines 2012

Afrique Francophone

Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

Alliances Françaises

American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)

AP French Language and Culture (General)

AP French Language and Culture: Making AP Work for You

AP French Language and Culture (for 2016 ACTFL Pre-Convention Workshop Participants)

AP French Language and Culture (for 2016 Phoenix APSI Workshop Participants)

Association Bernard Gregory

Audio Lingua

Banque de dépannage linguistique

Bay Area Francophile List

Bibliothèque nationale de France

Boren Awards

Campus France

Canal Académie


The Case for French in a Post-Francophile America

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

COL.COA (City of Lights.City of Angels)

cnet tv

CNRS International Magazine


Communauté des enseignants de français du nord-ouest des Etats-Unis

Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones

Considering Graduate School?

Consulat Général de France à Los Angeles

Consulat général de France à San Francisco

Cool French

Correcteur d'orthographe et de grammaire

Cultivating Allies for French Programs

Decode French

La Détente Générale

Deux gouttes de culture

Dictionnaire vivant de la langue française

DKPOD - portail du podcast francophone




Embassy of France


Federation of Alliances Françaises--USA

Festival International de Louisiane

Films français en streaming

Le français à l’université

Le français dans le monde

Français interactif

France 24


France Culture Plus: le webcampus

France Festivals

France Guide


France Magazine

France Synergies: The French Resource Center @ UW-Madison

France Télévisions



French Advocacy Wiki

French-American Foundation

French: Back on the Rise

French Book News

French Language Advocacy

French Language and Culture Advocacy in the USA

The French Language Initiative

French Morning, Los Angeles


French Through Songs and Singing

Golden Moustache

How French is Ranked

I Love French


Internships Abroad (using French)

Is French the Language of the Future?


J'adore le français!

lafrancebis: recordings and quizzes to learn about French

Language Hunters

The Languages of Business

Languages Online


Latitude France

Leadership et pédagogie culturels

Lien Canada

Lingt Classroom

Ma Chaîne étudiante

MERLOT World Languages Portal

MyBestFrench Music

News from France

Office for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie



Parlons français, c'est facile!

Pimsleur (French)

Le plaisir d'apprendre

Le point du FLE

Portail Jeunesse de l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

Presse francophone

Professional French Masters Program (University of Wisconsin - Madison)


Questions de langue (Académie Française)

Quick Facts for French Teachers: Quick Responses to Common Misperceptions


Radios francophones publiques

RFI - Radio France Internationale, apprendre, enseigner la langue française

Radio Podcast

Speaking to le Monde

Teaching with Films

Test de français langue étrangère et seconde

Têtes à claques

Tex's French Grammar



Les tumblr francophones

1jour1actu (L'actualité à la hauteur d'enfants)

USC Dornsife Francophone Research & Resource Center

Vidéo INA -- Archives pour tous

Voxalead News

Want to Know the Language of the Future?

Where is French spoken?

Why French?

Why Study French?

Why Study a Language?

World of French Culture and Education in the USA

World Oral Literature Project

The World Speaks French

You Wouldn't Know They Majored in French





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