Marie-Anne Visoi

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Carr Hall 313, St Michael's College
416-926-7108

Campus

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Pedagogical Research

  • Achievement and motivation through blended teaching and multimodal learning in French
  • Curriculum and instruction: cognitive development, reading, writing and cultural immersion
  • Assessment and evaluation in second language teaching (FSL and ESL): diversity issues, access and equity

Other Research Interests

  • French Cultural Studies
  • Literary Theory: narratology and reader-response criticism
  • Stylistics
  • Twentieth Century Novel
  • Canadian Novel
  • Film

List of Courses

Current courses taught:

Other courses taught:

  • FSL431Y Practical French II
  • FSL461Y Practical French III
  • FSL 472H1 Reading and Writing Fiction and Non-fiction in French
  • FSL 473H1S Oral French in Context
  • FRE 384H1F Teaching French as a Second Language
  • FRE 326H1 Contemporary French Literature
  • FRE 225Y Second Language Teaching and Learning

Courses Held in English:

  • JEF 100 Great Books of the Western Tradition
  • JFI225Y Second Language Teaching and Learning

Biography

Marie-Anne Visoi is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. She has developed and taught courses on French Cultural Studies, Advanced French and Second Language Education, The Western Tradition, The 20th Century French Novel. Her pedagogical research has extended into the integration of culture in the second language curriculum and the development of oral and written proficiency through multimodal assessment and experiential learning. Her scholarly research interests also include textual criticism relating to world literature, reader-response theories and cultural studies. She is the author of "Transgression, Stylistic Variation and Narrative Discourse in the Twentieth Century Novel", Cambridge Scholars Publishing; “A Thematic Approach to French Cultural Studies: Love, Sex and Desire in French Literature and Cinema”, Universal Publishers; “Reading Nara’s Diary in “Generic Instability and Identity in the Contemporary Novel”, Cambridge Scholars Publishing; “Parody in the Postmodernist Novel: Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore”, Modern Language Studies.

Publications

Books

"Blended and Online Teaching in the Humanities: Pedagogical Tools for Design and Implementation ", Cambridge Scholars Press, April 2019, 189 pages

https://www.cambridgescholars.com/blended-and-online-teaching-in-the-humanities

“Transgression, Stylistic Variation and Narrative Discourse in the Twentieth Century Novel”, Cambridge Scholars’ Press, February 2014, 140 pages

https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-4438-5392-7

“A Thematic Approach to French Cultural Studies”, Universal Publishers, 2012, 106 pages

https://www.universal-publishers.com/book.php?method=ISBN&book=1612330797

Articles

“Strategies for Ensuring Quality Learning in Advanced French: an Action-Research Project on Blended Learning”, Journal of Teaching and Education, December 2016, 06(01):137–144

 “Developing Second Language Proficiency through Communicative Teaching, E-Learning and Experiential Programs”, Journal of Teaching and Education, December 2012, 1(6): 371-378

“Méthodes et pratiques pour une évaluation efficace de la communication orale”, Le français dans le monde, Revue de la Fédération internationale des professeurs de français, 2012, 12 pages

“Contextualized Foreign Language Instruction: Effective Classroom Strategies: Blackboard-Based Virtual Learning”, International Journal for Academic Disciplines, October 2010, 11 pages

“Reading Nara’s Diary or the Deluding Strategies of the Implied Author in The Rift by V.Y. Mudimbe”, Cambridge Scholars, February, 2010, 16 pages

“Ovid and Calvino”; Genre 25, Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and the Arts, Long Beach, California, 2006, 22 pages

“Parody in the Postmodernist Novel: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler…,” Modern Languages Studies 27.3/4 (Fall 1997): 159-173

“Ana Balakian.  The Snowflake on the Belfry : Dogma and Disquietude in the Critical arena.” in Literary research No. 25: Spring-Summer, 1996: 19-21

Literary Encyclopedia Chapters

“Assia Djebar, Biography”, The Literary Encyclopedia, 2009, 3 pages; updates and revisions, 2015   

 “Les enfants du nouveau monde, Assia Djebar”, The Literary Encyclopedia,

“Marguerite Duras, ‘The Lover’, The Literary Encyclopedia, 2011, 7 pages

NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

 Writing and development of open access pedagogical materials: online learning materials, modules; student and TA guides

  • FCS 197H Course redesign from the inverted classroom” to a fully online format: regular face-to-face sessions were replaced with theme-specific forum sessions, and course concepts and content were discussed online. Additional online materials for student evaluation and course activities were developed and added to the existing resources currently available in the course website in Quercus
  • FCS292H Open-access Course Guide and Course modules "Love, Sex and Desire in French Literature and Cinema" (revised and updated: orientation module, course content and module organization for easy navigation, interactive activities, evaluation, cultural terminology for accelerated format)
  • FSL421Y eManual, Part I and II

    adapt/develop digital content for accessible use, 2020-21                                                                            course redesign for a synchronous, Blackboard Collaborate supported format

  • FSL472H Course modules (revised and updated: orientation module, course content and module organization for easy navigation, research module, interactive activities, evaluation, grammar self-correct quizzes, integration of an experiential learning component)
  • 2019-2020 Undergraduate Student Guide (20 pages)
  • 2019-2020 Guide d'enseignement (22 pages)
  • French online teaching and learning materials, Peer Reviewer for World Language Editorial Board Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and On-line Teaching, California State University Center for Distributed Learning, December 2014 - April 2015

"Play French"

"Teacher /Student Manual for Camus' L'Étranger"

"Parlons français, c'est facile"

"Stratégies d'écriture dans la formation spécifique"

Additional Writing and development of open access pedagogical materials: course e-portfolio; online learning materials; online/print article

FRE 225Y Course e-portfolio, open access course material, Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and On-line Teaching, California State University Center for Distributed Learning, 2015; posted in Espace pédagogique, Blackboard learning community, 2015

FSL 472H Online learning materials, open access course material, posted in Espace pédagogique, Blackboard learning community, 2015

CCR 199H “19th Century Paris: Shifting Norms and Ironic Storytelling in Maupassant’s Bel-ami”, open access course material, Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and On-line Teaching, California State University Center for Distributed Learning, 2015; T-space, University of Toronto, 2015

“Textes et débats”, Blackboard e-book, revised edition, 126 pages

 “Apprentissage expérientiel”, (custom publication), Canadian Scholars’ Press, September, 2010, 110 pages

“Guide pédagogique”, Blackboard e-book, September 2010, 142 pages

 “Practical French II”, revised edition (custom publication), McGraw Hill, 240 pages, 2009, chapters 1, 4, 5, 8, 10; Appendix 1

“Love, Sex and Desire in French Literature and Cinema”, revised edition (custom publication), Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2009, 180 pages

“Practical French III”, revised edition (custom publication), Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2009, 270 pages

“Faire ses classes. Guide pratique de l’auxiliaire de l’enseignement” in collaboration with Anne-Marie Brousseau, Danièle Issa-Sayegh,  Département d’études françaises, University of  Toronto, 2006, pages 26-31
 “Shared Strategies for Active Learning: FSL Enrichment Activities at the Post-secondary Level”, Canadian Parents for French Ontario, Issue No. 103, Fall 2009, page 9

“La recherche action dans la  classe de Français langue seconde” in Federation of Women Teachers of Ontario Newsletter, Voice, Fall 2000 (curriculum insert), 5 page

“Teaching, Learning, Issues and Practice in French as a Second Language: Action Research and The York/Cooperative Model” (custom publication) York University, 1998, 106 pages

Papers presented at meetings and symposia

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) Conference in Las Vegas and Online, “Writing about film: asynchronous discussions and formative assessment in online French Cultural Studies courses” November 11-14, 2021 (accepted proposal; in progress)

Nineteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, “Dialogic Teaching - Strategies for Developing Oral and Written Skills in Online French as a Second Language Courses”, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 30 June-2 July 2021

American Canadian Conference for Academic Disciplines, “Best Practices for Promoting Academic Honesty in Online Cultural Studies Courses”, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 11-14 June 2019

International Conference for Education (IJAS), “Strategies for improving teaching practices in the FSL classroom: a blended approach to professional development”, University of London, London, UK November 6-9, 2018

Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, “Embedded stories and post-modernist devices in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA 5-7 July 2018

49th annual NeMLA Annual Convention, “Freedom and Control in the Foreign-language Classroom”, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA April 12 - 15, 2018

Annual Multidisciplinary Conference, “Community-engaged Learning and Cultural Diversity: Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Competence and Advanced Language Skills in Online French”, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 5-8 June 2017

48th NeMLA Annual Convention, "Course Design and Social Presence in Humanities Online Courses: Instructional Strategies for Student Engagement", Baltimore, MA USA March 23-26 2017

International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS), "Flipping the French Classroom: Metacognitive Strategies for Effective Reading and Writing skills" Freiburg University, Germany, 29 November to 2 December 2016

Annual Multidisciplinary Conference, "Designing and Teaching a French Language Advanced Level Course in a Hybrid Format: Strategies for Ensuring Quality Learning", Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada 31 May-3 June 2016

International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) International Conference for Social Sciences and Humanities, "Online Formative Assessment Tools In The Humanities: Promoting Higher Level Thinking Through The Integration Of a Discussion Board In A French Cultural Studies Course", FHWien University of Applied Sciences  of WKW Vienna, Austria, April 17-21, 2016        

American Canadian Conference for Academic Disciplines, "Removing Barriers to Learning: Pedagogic Design Tools for Online Courses in the Humanities", Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada May 18, 2015

International Conference for Teaching and Education, “Creative Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom” FHWien University of Applied Sciences of WKW Vienna, Austria April 19-23, 2015

International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, “Teaching Culture: Inclusive Curriculum Design, Content and Context”, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain, 11-13 June 2014

International Journal of Arts and Sciences Multidisciplinary Conference: “A Canadian Perspective on Blended Learning: hybrid instructional strategies and their effect on student learning in an advanced level French course”FHWien University of Applied Sciences of WKW Vienna, Austria April 6-10, 2014

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Annual Conference (French and Italian Literature): “Horizon d’attente et tension narrative dans L’Étranger de Camus”, Hope College, Holland, Michigan, March 21-22, 2013

International Journal of Arts and Sciences Annual Conference: “The Role of Digital Grammar in Advanced French: Self-monitoring Strategies to Develop Independent Learners”, Gottenheim, Germany, December 2-7, 2012

International Journal of Arts and Sciences Annual Conference in Rome “Focus on Student Performance: Effective Testing Practices in French as a Second Language Intermediate and Advanced Programs” American University, Rome, Italy 29, October-1 November, 2012

Second IJAS Conference at Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University, “Making Connections: Instructional Models for Developing Foreign Language Proficiency in Higher Education through Communicative Teaching, E-learning and Experiential Programs” May 30th-June 2nd, 2011

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Annual Conference (French Literature): “L’alternance des registres chez De Laclos”, Saginaw Valley State University, March 11, 2011

Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto Study Languages Conference 2010 “Mysticism and Sensuality in Zola’s Nana”, University of Toronto, December 9, 2010

International Journal for Academic Disciplines Austria Conference, Bad Hofgastein, “A Thematic Approach to French Cultural Studies”, May 31, 2010

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Annual Conference (French Literature): “La rhétorique du désir dans L’Amant de Marguerite Duras”, Calvin College, March 26, 2010

Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto Gifted Conference, “New Novel Techniques and Murder Mystery Conventions in  Alain Robbe-Grillet's Le Voyeur”, University of Toronto, February 18, 2010

Classroom-based Training and Pedagogical Research for First Year Teaching Assistants”, Gottenheim, Germany, November 9-13, 2009

National Conference for Academic Disciplines: “Curriculum Renewal Initiatives: Language Communities and Experiential Learning in Second Language Education”, Suffolk University, Boston, June 22-25, 2009

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Annual Conference (French Literature): “Dialogisme et créativité dans le roman Les enfants du nouveau monde d’Assia Djebar ”, Wayne State University, March 20, 2009

Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto Gifted Conference “Virtue, Tragic Passion and Upper-class Excess in De Laclos’s Dangerous Liaisons”, University of Toronto, February 19, 2009

U of T Conference Teaching and Learning Outside the Classroom, “Developing Skills for a Global Society: Acquiring Foreign Language Proficiency through Internships and Study/Work Abroad Programs” Hart House, University of Toronto, October 3, 2008

International Symposium, “Connecting to Electronic Pedagogy: A Cultural Model for Teaching Great Books”, Institut National de Recherche Pédagogique Charles Perrault, Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures, Lyon, France, July 9-11, 2008

International Conference “Generic Instability and Identity in the Contemporary Novel”: “Reading Nara’s Diary or the Deluding Strategies of the Implied Author in The Rift by V.Y. Mudimbe”, Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, France, 29-30th May, 2008

Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto Gifted Conference “Memory and Desire in the 20th century French Novel: Marcel  Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past and Marguerite Duras’s The Lover”, University of Toronto, February 20, 2007

The 41st Annual Comparative Literature Conference “Ancient and Moderns: Intersections, Interactions, and Interstices”: “The Art of Storytelling: Ovid and Calvino”, California State University, Long Beach, California, March 9-11, 2006

University of Toronto Conference on Scholarship, Leadership and Innovation “Responding to a Culturally Diverse Student Community: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Second-language Teaching and Learning at the Undergraduate Level”, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, April 28 and 29, 2006

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Annual Conference (French Language and Literature Panel) “L’étranger: mémoire ou monologue?”, University of Michigan, March 4-5, 2005

Invited Lectures/Workshop Presentations 

French Teaching Assistants' Workshops, Department of French, University of Toronto, Summer 2019; September - December 2019

French Teaching Assistants' Workshops, Department of French, University of Toronto, January 2018 - April 2019

Teaching and Learning Community of Practice Workshop: "Hybrid Courses and Learning", University of Toronto, March 7, 2016

Second Language Learning and Teaching Community, Workshop 3 - "Pathways to culture: Integrating experiential learning and culture-based research in the second language curriculum", November 6, 2015 (invited presentation)

Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation Workshop: "Deepening Your Teaching Practice: Integrating Teaching and Research", University of Toronto, October 5, 2015 (invited presentation)

Department of French, University of Toronto, "L'enseignement en ligne - implications pédagogiques", University of Toronto, June 16, 2015

Department of French, University of Toronto, Contribution to Dr. Paray's course FRE 250H, Workshop Presentation, “La quête d’identité dans L’Amant de Marguerite Duras", March 19 , 2015

Department of French, University of Toronto, Teacher Training Programme, Workshop Presentation, “Enseigner la lecture en fls”, November 19 , 2014.

Department of French, University of Toronto, Teacher Training Programme, Workshop Presentation, “Pistes pédagogiques pour enseigner la lecture en fls”, March 21, 2012

Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto Study Languages Conference 2009 “French in Context: Language and Culture through Cinema”, University of Toronto, December 8, 2009

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Knowledge and Its Communities Conference: “Une nouvelle culture de l’apprentissage pour les diplômés bilingues : les programmes de partenariat”, Victoria College, University of Toronto,  June 14-17, 2006

Education

PhD in Comparative Literature, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, 1996
MA in Comparative Literature, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, 1994

Administrative Service

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, 2018-2020
Study Abroad and Liaison Coordinator, 2002-2012