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World Languages and Cultural Studies

Sylvie Pressman

Associate Professor of French

Ph.D., Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Dr. Pressman at the Pi Delta Phi chapter installation ceremony, Merrimack College, Fall 2012Dr. Pressman at the Pi Delta Phi chapter installation ceremony, Merrimack College, Fall 2012Sylvie Pressman, an associate professor of French, is a native of France. She holds a Ph.D. from the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). She has been teaching languages in France, England, California, Colorado, and Massachusetts. Her areas of interest are literature, civilization. and language teaching pedagogy.

Ìn 1999, Septentrion Presses Universitaires published her dissertation, Étude comparée de l’immigration ancienne et récente à Lawrence et à Lowell, deux anciens centres textiles du Massachusetts, 1950-1995. She has given presentations on Proust, Mallarmé, and on topics concerning immigration, such as “French-Canadians in Lowell” and “Bilingual Education in Massachusetts.”

When she was Chair of the Modern Language Department at Merrimack College, Dr. Pressman started a program for Teachers of Foreign Languages, approved by the Massachusetts Education Department for Secondary and Middle School.  She has been involved in teacher preparation for many years, both offering courses to prepare French teachers for the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL, for which she has also written a guide) and offering graduate seminars for middle and secondary school teachers seeking Professional Development Points or Graduate Credits in French.

Dr. Pressman has also been very active with Study Abroad, helping French Majors seeking to study or work in France, especially those aspiring to become teaching assistants of English in French schools.