Dr. Price earned his Ph.D. in French Linguistics from Indiana University. His dissertation, directed by Dr. Albert Valdman, looked at the role and use of French among young heritage speakers of the language in Northern Maine. His research focuses on the interplay of societal and individual factors on language acquisition, use, and change in both language contact and instructed SLA contexts. He is particularly interested in questions related to learner perceptions of input, processing, the L2 learning environment, and how individual identity is expressed and negotiated in the language classroom. As Director of Basic Language, he is also interested in questions related to language program coordination, especially the social and political context of second language study in the U.S.
This course is focused almost exclusively on oral communication. The course fosters open-mindedness through informed discussion of commonalities and differences between American and French/Francophone cultures. It enables students to sharpen their oral communication skills.