Jeffrey Landon Allen

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Senior Lecturer

Biography

Red clay and acres of woods in southern Virginia look very different from the harbor and high, rocky hills of Toulon, France. Somewhere in between those two, one might find the elements that have shaped Jeff into who he is today. To Jeff, learning another language affords you the opporunity to live one lifetime more.

Jeff attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where he concentrated primarily on business and tourism before finding his true passion in languages and cultures: French, Italian, and Spanish. Those studies led him to the University in Avignon, France and travels abroad. Jeff eventually found himself teaching English in a high school in Toulon, France before coming back to the States to complete studies at North Carolina State University in French Language and Culture. He is currently finishing his dissertation in Educational Research and Policy Analysis. Jeff has also been the principal instructor for two educational adventure trips in the French West Indies. His experiences teaching are many and range from the college classroom to the intimate setting of 5 middle and high school students at an immersion academy. In addition to language, Jeff is very passionate about tennis and cheese.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Reducing Anxiety in speaking an L2
  • Can-do statements
  • Reflective learning strategies
  • Vocabulary and grammar acquisition in the Communicative Language Classroom

Presentations

"Reflective Teaching and Learning Strategies in Foreign Language Education." Italian Language Program Teaching Orientation, 2016. Duke University, Durham, NC.

Allen, J. & Williams, D. "Data Usage to Increase Achievement of At-Risk Students." North Carolina State University, May 2016.

"Un brin de causette en français: A Workshop on French Conversation.” North Carolina State University, March 2016.

“Globalization, Foreign Language & Adults: A Trend Analysis.” North Carolina State University, November 2015.

“Are you that guy or that girl? Perspectives on French and Francophone Culture.” Broadreach Instructor Training, Oxford NC, May 2015.

Allen, J., Evans, J., Gast, A, Helms, J., & Rizzo, S. “Comprehensive Program Plan for the Online Learning Community supporting North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.” North Carolina State University, April 2015.

“«Le choc» absorber to “transfer shock:” studying an L2.” North Carolina State University, December 2014.

Atelier d’argot français et de langage familier.” North Carolina State University, October 2014.

 “Student Motivation and Dweck’s Growth Mindset.” Broadreach Instructor Training, Oxford, NC, May 2014.

Ray, T., Perry, S., & Allen, J. “Plato vs. Dweck ft. Yoda – An Alternative to the Canon.” North Carolina State University, April 2014.

“Foreign Language Experiences of the Adult Learner.” North Carolina State University, April 2014.

“The Future of C-STEP and Other Transfer Assistance Programs.” North Carolina State University, April 2014. 

 “Capitalizing on Capital in the Study of Foreign Languages.” North Carolina State University, December 2013.

“Evaluation of Oral Proficiency Requirement in the Spanish B.A. Program at NCSU.” North Carolina State University, December 2013.

Wust, V, & Allen, J. "C’est simple comme bonjour: Best practices in teaching French pronouns." FLANC Annual Confererence. Raleigh, NC, September 2010. 

"'V' for Vendetta in Voices of War." War and Peace: The Eternal Swing. James Madison University, April 2008.

 "La résistance pendant La Seconde Guerre Mondiale." War and Peace: The Eternal Swing. James Madison University, April 2008.

"Analisi e traduzione di 'Primo tempo di andata e Uccelli': Carmine Abate, un autore “tra due mari.” Immigration, Assimilation and Cultural Identity. James Madison University, March 2007.

Education

  • PhD in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University, (ongoing)
  • MA in French Language and Literature from North Carolina State University
  • BA in French Language, Literature, and Culture from James Madison University
  • BA in Italian Language, Literature, and Culture from James Madison University