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Nathalie Dieu-Porter

 Academic Director


Professor Nathalie Dieu-Porter was born and raised in francophone Belgium. She joined the Department of French & Italian at Vanderbilt University in 1997 and as a Senior Lecturer in French has taught a broad range of language course including Medical French in Intercultural Contexts, French for Business and Economics, Advanced Conversation, Advanced Grammar and Phonetics. She received the Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts and Science. For 10 years she served as Coordinator of the Undergraduate French Language Program.  Her other responsibilities include serving as Professor in Residence at Vanderbilt in France, acting as Faculty Vu-Ceptor for the Visions program, serving as Pre-major advisor, directing and teaching a Maymester Course on campus, in Paris, and in Aix-en-Provence, France aiming at studying and comparing healthcare systems. She is also the accredited Coordinator for the Paris Chamber of Commerce exams in Business French and French for the Medical Professions.

Professor Dieu-Porter has extensive expertise and experience in translating and interpreting in fields ranging from medical to legal translations and interpretations. In 2012, she served as Michelle Obama’s simultaneous interpreter for a conference at the Gaylord Convention Center in Nashville.

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Professional Biography

Curriculum Vitae


 Professional Memberships:
American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Language Programs
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
American Association of Teachers of French
Humanities Arts Science Technology Advanced Collaboratory
International Association for Language Learning Technology
International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters
National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Modern Language Association
Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association

Contact information
     Center for Second Language Studies
     PMB 356202
     2301 Vanderbilt Place
     Nashville, TN 37235-6202
     Tel: (615) 875-8481