Teaching Professor of French

fourire@email.unc.edu | Dey 225

At UNC since 1989


Education

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 1990
M.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1984

Bio

Trained as a linguist, Nina Furry enjoys helping students learn to communicate effectively in both oral and written French as well as to develop their reading comprehension from beginning through advanced-level study of the language. Engaging undergraduates and graduate students in this process is equally satisfying to her. Whether it is a matter of an essential language course or of a more specialized one like phonetics or the graduate reading course, each has its challenges. She is particularly interested in the application of learning research findings to the classroom at every level as well as in facilitating the articulation between course levels so students can make steady progress towards fluency and be prepared for study abroad in France or other Francophone countries. Contextualized language study is also an opportunity to explore the cultures of its speakers, so it is all the more enjoyable to involve students in this exploration through text and film in order to broaden their cultural understanding. Furry also enjoys contributing to the pedagogical training of graduate teaching fellows who teach first-year courses and beyond as part of their professional development.

Publications

  • Bonne continuation, 2nd ed., Pearson Prentice-Hall – 4th semester textbook

Typical Courses