Romance Languages: Thinking Outside the Box
Associate Professor Fabienne Moore
Department of Romance Languages
Whether she’s teaching students in the classroom, talking with them about career possibilities, or working out alongside them at the UO Recreation Center, Associate Professor Fabienne Moore thinks that each and every student has the capacity to be outstanding.
Moore structures her classes and her life around having meaningful conversations with her students and she strives to keep class sizes small. “I always remember what I loved myself as a student: discovery and exploration,” she says. “Teaching helps me grow. It opens my mind to worlds of ideas. By giving me the chance to exchange knowledge with students, who have so much to bring, it simply makes life more beautiful.”
Moore’s broad view of the study of language is why some students choose to major in Romance languages, instead of majoring in an individual language such as French, Spanish, or Italian. Majoring in Romance languages involves mastering two of the three languages, along with studying the corresponding literature and cultures.
Moore enjoys planning cultural activities with her students, including outings to museums or classes in continental cooking. “Learning to appreciate art and culture is a process that enriches one’s life,” she says.
It’s a path that can lead many places, even while a student is still at the UO. The Department of Romance Languages has undergraduate advisers to help students find study abroad programs and bilingual internships that allow them to earn academic credit.
Internship opportunities are availably locally or abroad, says Moore, and include experiences as diverse as volunteering in Eugene French and Spanish immersion schools, working with a performing arts association in Senegal, conducting tours of a French château, working on environmental conservation in Panama, or writing for an English-language newspaper in Costa Rica.
Beyond the UO, undergraduate advisors have helped guide students toward careers in education, health, non-profit administration, and journalism. Alumni have gone on to teach English in France and Spain, join the Peace Corps, and pursue business or medical degrees.
“Ultimately, no matter what career a student might chose,” says Moore, “he or she will always find big and small ways to use their language skills, because we’re always in contact with the rest of the world.”
Text by Jennifer Snelling