Marc Snyder

Marc S.

Wexford, PA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Regardless of whether I am teaching language, civilization, or literature, my main goal is to help keep my students engaged, interested, and challenged in learning. In teaching the French language I focus on developing strong conversational skills, as well as writing and reading. To supplement the class session, I use online resources, authentic documents, and regular assessment of oral and listening language skills.

About Marc S.

I have been teaching French at universities for 30 years and would love to share my passion for the language, literature, history, and culture to students. French is my first language, and I have spent many years living in French-speaking countries; I have lived in Vietnam, Lebanon, Morocco, and (of course) France.

Regardless of whether I am teaching language, civilization, or literature, my main goal is to help keep my students engaged, motivated and challenged in learning. I keep in mind that most students are not experienced world travelers and try to make what I am teaching accessible and engaging.

In teaching the French language I focus on developing conversational skills so the student will learn to speak with native competency. I have worked with students at all levels, from total beginners to doctoral candidates.

I am available most weekdays from 9 am to 3 pm, and I can travel to meet the student at a convenient location or teach online.

I look forward to working with you & helping you further your French language skills!


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Jun 2000 - Present

I teach French conversation classes in the Pittsburgh area. I also blog on French literature.

Technical Writer
Sep 1999 - Sep 2000

Sun Microsystems


Masters in French Literature
Jun 1980 - Jun 1987

Stanford University

PhD in French Literature & Western Civilization
Jun 1980 - Jun 1987

Stanford University

B.S. in French Literature
Aug 1978 - Aug 1980

University of Illinois

Lettres françaises & occitan
Sep 1976 - Sep 1977

Université de Toulouse-le-Mirail



Fluent / Native Proficiency


ACTFL superior rating
Aug 2007


This certifies I have native proficiency.


Modern Language Association, The
Mar 1987
Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.

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