Dr. Amy Cartal-Falk
Modern Language Studies: Chair of MLS and Assistant Professor of French
French: Assistant Professor
Spanish: Chair of Modern Language Studies
Amy Cartal-Falk is an assistant professor of French and co-director of the French program at Lycoming College. She is also chair of Modern Language Studies. Cartal-Falk teaches all levels of language but her efforts focus primarily on increasing student proficiency from the intermediate to the advanced level, the 111-112 and 221-222 sequence. She has revised the curriculum extensively in both courses to include the study of film and literature. Cartal-Falk also teaches the Foreign Language Pedagogy course to future teachers who have majored in French, German and Spanish.
In addition to language, Cartal-Falk’s teaching interests focus on nineteenth-century and contemporary writers of French expression. She teaches two nineteenth-century literature courses: a general survey and one that explores women writers, including texts these extraordinary women wrote for children. Cartal-Falk has systematically incorporated and expanded the study of Francophone literature and culture at all proficiency levels in French.
The prose of J.M.G. Le Clézio, the Franco-Maurician 2008 Nobel Laureate in Literature, has provided a new direction for Cartal-Falk’s research and scholarship. Cartal-Falk is currently working on revising three articles that focus primarily on female identity in several of Le Clézio’s short stories and novels. She has presented her research on Le Clézio at international conferences in France, Québec and the United States.
Cartal-Falk earned her bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Lycoming College. She obtained a master’s degree in French literature with a minor in second language acquisition in 1996 and earned her doctorate in French literature in 2002, both at The Pennsylvania State University. She has taught at Lycoming College since 1991.