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Department of

Languages, Cultures and Literatures

Sophie Halvin

Adjunct Instructor, French
Supervisor, French Conversation Table

Sophie Halvin is an Adjunct Professor in the Languages and Literatures department where she has been teaching the full spectrum of elementary and intermediate French classes since 2001. She came to USD after working for 10 years at the University of California, San Diego where she taught a variety of language and literature courses. She is a native of Paris, France.


M.A., Sorbonne University, Linguistics
B.A., Sorbonne University, Education
Credentialed in French and in English
C.A.P.E.S and Agrégation diplomas (required in France to teach at the secondary and university levels)

Scholarly and Creative Work

Professor Halvin’s focus on linguistics led to the publication of her Research Project “A Study of Advertising Language in the British Press” as part of her post graduate degree and published by the Sorbonne University Paris IV. She has edited several French textbooks for McGraw-Hill publications, and has done various translation works, including an interview of New York artist Andra Samelson published in 2009 by Paris I Sorbonne.

Teaching Interests

A linguistics major in college, Professor Halvin’s specialty is French grammar and the pedagogy of language teaching. At USD, she was the Coordinator for Teaching Assistants for several years, and she is currently in charge of the weekly language tables offered by the department.