Foreign Language Teaching Assistant | French

Pacific University has hosted Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) since 1994.  Over the years.  FLTAs have come from such countries as Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, Tunesia, and Uruguay.  FLTAs assist in language classes, tutor, facilitate language conversation tables, and organize cultural events on and off campus.  They also make themselves available for public presentations about their cultures and enrich campus life with their international perspectives. 

Michaël Grare is the FLTA for the French program at Pacific University

French Program Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

Enjoying French CuisineBonjour !

I am Michaël (pronounced [Me-ka-el]) and I am from Belgium. I grew up in West Flanders on the border with francophone Wallonia (the southern half of Belgium) and only a few miles from the French border. I have always spoken French at home and have been to school in both French and Dutch, before obtaining an MA in Dutch and English philology from a francophone university.

As you can already see in the paragraph above, I have spent my whole life on linguistic crossroads. This multilingual upbringing has soon led me to teaching languages, first to 8-year-olds in summer camps and ultimately to seniors in evening classes and to young adults at university.

I nurture two great interests: linguistics (mostly sociolinguistics) and strength training. Aside from my teaching jobs I have always worked in fitness and sports-related fields on a part-time basis. Here at Pacific I am involved in French Club - bien sûr ! - and also with the Boxers rugby team. I also enjoy going on trips with Outdoor Pursuits, playing a song or two at musical events, and you will often spot me riding my bike around campus ("you can get the guy out of Belgium, but not Belgium out of the guy").

If you are interested in learning French or learning more about Belgian or French culture, you are more than welcome to come by on French night or to sit down with us during conversation tables. You can contact me via e-mail and join the French Club to be updated about all events and opportunities we offer here at PU.

Bonne découverte !

Michaël  |  FLTA for the French Program