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Sylvain Holtermann
Acting Programme Director
Lecturer
Rm 513, Run Run Shaw Tower,
Centennial Campus
Tel : 3917 2036

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Sylvain Holtermann
(BA, Paris, MA, Grenoble) holds a BA in Chinese Studies and a MA in Didactics of French as a Foreign Language (FLE). After completing his studies at INALCO in Paris and at Capital Normal University in Beijing, Sylvain joined the French programme at HKU in 1995.

With more than twenty years of teaching experience, he is actively involved in all aspects of the French programme from teaching to curriculum development and administration. He is the editor and co-author of several textbooks for learners of French language and culture and has developed various content courses as well as project based learning initiatives. His research interests include the didactics of language and culture and cultural representation and discourse.

He acts in several instances as a Faculty board member and joined the SMLC management team in 2009 as a Deputy School Head in charge of outreach and development. As the acting director of the French programme at HKU, he is committed to the continued development of a sound academic programme of French studies that responds to the expectations of the University's community.


Rachid Bendacha
Assistant Lecturer
Rm 526, Run Run Shaw Tower,
Centennial Campus
Tel : 3917 7193

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Rachid Bendacha
(MPhil Law, LL.M, ABD, MA Language Teaching) comes from the Rhone-Alpes region in France. He has studied in France, Belgium, and the United-States, and brings with him years of teaching experience both at the secondary and tertiary levels. He has taught at the United Nations University, the University of Michigan, the American University in Cairo, the University of Warwick and most recently the National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS College.

His current interests include technology and pedagogy, Francophone culture, and legal and business French.


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Benoît Guérillot
Assistant Lecturer
Rm 546, Run Run Shaw Tower,
Centennial Campus
Tel : 3917 2021

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Benoît Guérillot
(B.Sc., MIB, Grenoble, MA, Dijon) holds two master degrees specialized in Didactics of French as a Foreign Language (FLE) from the University of Burgundy, and in International Business from Grenoble École de Management. He has also studied in Kyoto University, where he developed a strong interest in Asian cultures and civilizations. 

Benoit has taught French language and culture in several major universities in Hong Kong since 2010. In January 2014, he has joined the French programme at the University of Hong Kong, where he had the opportunity to teach all levels of core language courses as well as elective courses exploring French culture and society with an interdisciplinary approach.

Benoit has also earned a French Wine Scholar certification and is teaching an undergraduate course investigating the cultural dimensions of French wine. 

His current research interests focus on the anthropology of wine and the didactics of language and culture.


Nathalie Iseli-Chan
Assistant Lecturer
Rm 546, Run Run Shaw Tower,
Centennial Campus
Tel : 3917 7179

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Nathalie Iseli-Chan
(BA, MA Besançon) holds a BA in Teaching French as a Foreign Language and a MA in Applied Languages.

In Asia since 2002, she first taught FFL in Osaka, Japan, then in Guangzhou to finally settle down in Hong Kong in 2005 to join the Alliance Française.  Later in 2007, she was recruited as a French instructor by the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. There, she developed a strong interest for new technologies applied to learning and teaching. With her colleagues from the French team she contributed to the development of the e-learning platform Moodle and its integration into the curriculum of the French Program. She also devised and implemented several moodle-based learning projects to enhance students’ learning as well as increase their exposure to the French language and culture. The (use of the) platform was awarded twice for its pedagogical innovation and a couple of projects were presented at several international conferences, included ICEL (International Conference on E-Learning). 

Her research interest focus on the application of new technologies to learning and teaching FFL and its influence on second language learners' behavior both in and outside the classroom, as well as the use of French as a lingua franca. Nathalie joined the French programme at the University of Hong Kong in September 2010.



Marie Li Ying
Lecturer
Rm 514, Run Run Shaw Tower,
Centennial Campus
Tel : 3917 2022

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Marie Li Ying
(BA, Foreign Languages University Beijing, MA, Middleburry). After her graduation in French, Marie taught French at Capital Normal University in Beijing for a period of two years. Then she moved to Hong Kong and continued to teach French at the Alliance Française. Marie Li completed her MA in French in the United States, while living in Paris for a year. Her thesis was a discussion on the characters in Maupassant’s novel Bel Ami. She took her appointment at HKU in 1994.

She is the author of “Pound, Valéry, and the translation of Pound into Chinese” and co-author of "Reading and Writing Chinese" (Tuttle, 1999). She is a regular editor of course materials for language learning and translation. She recently translated four children’s books that were published in 2010 by Yunnan Education Publishing House: Expériences avec l’air; Expériences avec les aimants; Expériences avec les sens; Expériences avec pour les petits curieux, published originally in 2007 by French publisher Nathan/Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie.

Besides the teaching of BA core language courses at all levels, Marie Li runs Chinese/French translation courses which aim at developing the learners' confidence through a contrastive approach. Her main areas of research and teaching development are French contemporary literature and French culture and civilization.


Valérie Martinez
Assistant Lecturer
Rm 521, Run Run Shaw Tower,
Centennial Campus
Tel : 3917 7178

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Valérie Martinez
(BA, Grenoble, MA, Lyon, PhD, dual PhD degree programme Paris and Turku). A former student at the University of Lyon (Université Louis Lumière Lyon 2), Valérie holds a Master's degree in School Management, Education and Cooperation and a B.A in the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language (FLE).

After her first studies in psychology and speech therapy in France, she went on to further studies in a field that could combine teaching and travel. From the year 2000 onwards, she taught in France, Switzerland, Croatia and eventually settled down in Hong Kong in 2005. Valérie Martinez took her teaching position in the French programme at HKU in January 2006. Since then, Valérie has been teaching various courses in French and in English and has contributed to curriculum development as well as co-ordinating credit-bearing courses and non credit-bearing programmes.

Lately, Valérie Martinez has obtained a PhD in Language and Culture Education with distinction and Magna Cum Laude. Her doctoral thesis is a multi-disciplinary dissertation on academic mobility and interculturality between Hong Kong and France : Construction de l’Est et de l’Ouest : vers des compétences interculturelles? Un exemple de recherche à Hong-Kong en situation de mobilité académique (University of Turku, Humanoria, 2016). http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-29-6339-3

Her research areas focus on academic mobility, virtual mobility, study abroad, interculturalism/interculturality, and discourse analysis. Dr Martinez is interested in enhancing equity and dialogue through education.


Denis C. Meyer
Senior Lecturer
Honorary Associate Professor
Rm 515, Run Run Shaw Tower,
Centennial Campus
Tel : 3917 2020

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Denis C. Meyer
(BA, MA, Paris, PhD, HK) arrived in Hong Kong in 1986 and has lived there ever since. He was born in Paris, France, where he completed his general and tertiary education, obtaining both his BA in French literary studies and MA in comparative literature from the University of Paris Ouest. Later, his doctoral thesis focused on the cultural representation of Japan in French literature.

From 1986 to 1988, he held a teaching position at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, he then initiated the French programme at HKU-SPACE in 1988 and was director of the Shatin centre of the Alliance française of Hong Kong (1988-1989) before joining the University of Hong Kong in 1989. He was chairman of the Hong Kong French Teachers Association from 1992 to 2000 and has acted in many instances as consultant, examiner and board member for local educational bodies, such as the Hong Kong Examinations Authority (HKEA), the DELF-DALF examination board and the Institute of Education (HKIED). He is also an associate member of the French Trade Advisors Committee (Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur) and a registered Subject Specialist at the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation. Dr Meyer was bestowed the Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms by the French Government in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of French language and culture in Hong Kong.

His present research and teaching interests range from the didactics of language and culture, French literature, crosscultural studies and the Western interpretation of the Far East in literature. His recent books include A Floating World, Kikou Yamata's Cultural Mediation of Japan (Paris, L'Harmattan, 2009); Keys to France in 80 Cultural Icons (Paris, Hachette, 2010) and By the Edge of India: Portraits of Icons, Objects and Celebrities (New Delhi, Goyal Publishers, 2014). [bibliography]