Brett Wells

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Director of French Undergraduate Studies
  • Coordinator of French Language Program
  • Major and Study Abroad Advisor in French

Contact

1317 E Cathedral of Learning
412-624-6261
wellsb@pitt.edu

Area of Interest

Second Language Acquisition; Foreign Language Education; Language politics; Francophone sociolinguistics; Quebec French

 

Education

PhD, French, Stanford University
MA, French, Stanford University
BM, Music, Drake University, Iowa

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests & Fields of Study

Language Planning in Québec, Terminology, Francophone sociolinguistics, Applied linguistics

In addition to his keen interest in foreign language pedagogy, Brett Wells' research foci include language politics and planning in the French-speaking world.  He is particularly interested in how language politics and language ideologies inform the teaching and learning of French in the United States.  His current project focuses on the teaching of French as a global language.  He is in the process of preparing a new version of French 0104 that approaches French in the twenty-first century as a planetary language and the "property" of all who use it whether as a dominant or secondary tongue.

Outre une passion pour la pédagogie des langues étrangères, les recherches de M. Wells portent sur les politiques et les aménagements linguistiques dans le monde francophone.  Il s'intéresse en particulier à la manière dont les politiques et les idéologies linguistiques influent sur l'enseignement et l'apprentissage du français aux États-Unis.   Son projet actuel porte sur l'enseignement du français en tant que langue mondiale.  Il est en train de préparer une nouvelle version du Français 0104 qui aborde le français au XXIe siècle comme une langue planétaire et la "propriété" de toux ceux qui l'utilisent, que ce soit comme langue dominante ou langue seconde.

Teaching

  • Business French
  • Paris: Urbanism Past and Present (new course in 2020)
  • Phonetics
  • Quebec (first-year student course)
  • Pitt in France: Business French and Structure of Modern French
  • Elementary French
  • Intermediate French
  • French Writing

Selected Publications

"La (re)francisation des terminologies au Québec," Banque des Mots: Revue de terminologie française publiée par le Conseil international de la langue française, 72 (2006): 3-15.

"Traduction automatique à six rapports," Banque des Mots: Revue de terminologie française publiée par le Conseil international de la langue française, 70 (2005): 43-53.

Honors and Awards

Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013

Professional Development

ACTFL OPI Training Seminar, Middlebury, Vermont, Summer 2010

MBA Essentials, University of Pittsburgh Executive Education Program, Spring 2010

Writing in the Disciplines Seminar, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2009

Speaking in the Disciplines, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2009