Rebecca Frandsen is pursuing her Master?s degree in French at Michigan State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in French and English for Secondary Education from Western Michigan University in 2012. She studied in Aix-en-Provence, France in 2011 at the Institute for American Universities through the Joseph Yedlicka Summer Scholarship granted from the National French Honors Society Pi Delta Phi. In 2011, she was also the recipient of the WMU Mathilde Steckelberg French Scholarship, which is granted to an exceptional student of the French department.
Rebecca has a strong interest in education, which is shown by her past experiences teaching domestically and abroad. She has instructed basic French at Western Michigan University, acted as an English teaching assistant at a high school in Apt, France, and spent a few years teaching French at the middle and high school levels. During the summer of 2017, she served as the study abroad assistant for the MSU program in Tours, France and helped students through their eight weeks of study at the Institut de Touraine. She is also a teaching assistant in our department.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, she will be the treasurer of GSA-TROPOS, the academic organization for graduate students in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University.
While her research interests in French are expansive, she is passionate about second language acquisition, female authored literature, linguistics and regional dialects, particularly Occitan and its subdialects, both ancient and modern.