Mark V. Foster, Ph.D.
48 Yorkshire Drive
Waterford, CT  06385
United States
About me

University of Connecticut
Ph.D., Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (2009)
Specialization in Medieval Literature.
Dissertation: "Ronsasvals and the Origins of the Chanson de Roland"

Université de Paris X - Nanterre
Completed all courses for an M.A. in Medieval History, 1995-96.

New York University
M.A., French Language and Civilisation (1996)
Awarded a full academic scholarship to NYU-in-Paris
Studied at both the NYU-in-Paris and the Université Paris-Sorbonne.
Master's thesis subject: Language acquisition and The Natural Approach

Carla Rossi Academy (in Monsummano Terme, Italy)
Dante: La Divina Commedia, six-week summer program, 1995.

Université de Paris III - Sorbonne
L'Enseignement de FLE (Teaching French as a Foreign Language), Summer 1990.

University of Connecticut
B.A., English literature (1984)

École Bilingue
Berkeley, CA
Aug, 2021 to present French teacher
Carmen Arace M. S.
Bloomfield, CT
2020 - 2021 French teacher
Middlesex Middle School
Darien, CT
2019 - 2020 French teacher
SUNY - Purchase
Purchase, NY
2018 - 2019 Adjunct Professor of French
B. Dover Jackson MS
New London, CT
2018 - 2019 French teacher
New Canaan HS
New Canaan, CT
2016 - 2018 French teacher (AP French, UConn ECE)
Madaba, JORDAN
2014 - 2016 French teacher, French club organizer, and student advisor
Hampton, CT
Dec, 2013
Oct, 2014
Employed as a consultant to create an exchange program for the Windham Academy for Humanities and Arts (Willimantic, CT) Details below.
New London, CT
Jan, 2012
Sep, 2013
Employed as a consultant to create an exchange program for the STEM Magnet High School (New London, CT) Details below.
Waterford Public Schools
Waterford, CT
2003 - 2014 French teacher ('04 - '14)
Latin teacher ('03-'04)
New Haven Public Schools
New Haven, CT
2001 - 2003 French teacher
Wheeler High School
N. Stonington, CT
1999 - 2001 French teacher
Eastern Connecticut State Univ.
Willimantic, CT
Jan, 1998
Jul, 1999
French instructor
Introductory and advanced levels
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
Sep, 1996
Dec, 1997
French instructor
Beginner to upper levels
FREN 267 (French Theater)
Université de Paris
Nanterre, FRANCE
Oct, 1995
Jun, 1996
Instructor - English-language courses
in American government, American media
Lycée International
St-Germain-en-Laye, FRANCE
Sep, 1993
Jun, 1995
7th - 10th grade teacher
American lit., Anc. and Medieval History
Institut de La Tour
Sep, 1990
Jun, 1993

Director, Anglophone Section

CLICK: Anglophone Sect. article

Elisabeth Irwin HS
Greenwich Village, NY
Sep, 1989
Jun, 1990
Physical Education teacher
(while attending NYU)
St. Thomas More School
Oakdale, CT
Jul, 1986
Jun, 1989
French teacher
English teahcer
Fort Devens, MA
1986 Specialist 4, Army Intelligence
New London, CT
Waterford, CT
1985 - 1986 Substitute teacher


FRENCH & ARABIC EXCHANGE PROGRAM (2016) Developed an exchange program and school partnership between King's Academy and the lycée Lucie Aubrac in Courbevoie, France. The lycée Aubrac is one of the few high schools in France which offers Arabic language instruction. The partnership is starting in 2016 with online support (a closed FB group and school blog pages) and videoconferences between participating classes. In 2016/17, the schools are planning to send students on family-stay exchange trips.

INTERNATIONAL FRENCH TRIVIA NIGHT (2015, 2016) Developed a regional French Trivia Quiz in 2015, with five schools from the Amman area participating, represented by 60 students competing with our 15 students from King's. The second iteration of our contest had two overseas schools (New London High School in Connecticut, and the collège Henri Guillaumet in Blagnac, France) participating in our Kahoot! quiz in an online chat room.

CLICK HERE to see our promotional spot for Trivia Night.

ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL KARAOKE @ KING'S (2015, 2016) Developed a popular karaoke activity as weekend entertainment for permanent boarding students. The first event saw students perform in 14 different languages; the second time, 20 languages.

Mythes, Légendes, et Folklore (2014) Worked with Ms. Hélène Papper (United Nations, Chief of Radio - Mali) to develop a francophone radio program. The program solicited contributions recorded by students from all over the world, recounting favorites stories from their homelands.

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP (2013-2014): Arts and Humanities Academy in Windham, CT and the colegio Los Angeles in Madrid, Spain Worked as a consultant for the New London Public School system. Coordinated administrators and art and foreign language teachers in Windham to develop the format for a year-long, interdisciplinary research project. Traveled to Madrid to coordinate this program with the Spanish counterpart.

DEVELOPED PLATFORM for FOREIGN LANGUAGE PATHWAY (2013-2014): All-magnet school district in New London, CT Worked as a consultant for Dr. Stephen Adamowski, Special Master of New London Public Schools. Developed vision for a new Foreign Language program. Coordinated with system administrators and BOE members and made a public presentation for the New London Board of Ed.

CLICK HERE to see a presentation on the Foreign Language Pathway.

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP (2012-2013): Science and Tech Magnet High School in New London, CT and the Liceo Scientifico in Montecatini Terme, Italy. Worked as a consultant for the New London Public School system. Coordinated with science and math teachers in New London and Montecatini to develop a family-stay exchange trip. This relationship has continued, with trips happening annually for the last seven years.

CLICK HERE to see an article on the exchange.

The Center for European Partnership (2010 - 2011) Developed charter for non-profit organization to advance the following programs: EuroCONNECT and A-B-C Exchanges (Academic, Business, and Cultural exchanges.) These programs seek to introduce a new model for teaching foreign language in Connecticut using foreign language programs as a platform to attract European business investment to our state.

CLICK HERE to see a presentation on the CEP.

International video-conferencing (March 2010 - June 2013) Initiated a program of video-conferences between students from Waterford's Contemporary Affairs classes and students from our partner schools:
Geschwister-Scholl Gymnasium in Lebach, Germany;
Liceo Scientifico Salutati in Montecatini Terme, Italy; and
Collège Henri Guillaumet in Blagnac, France.


International exchange programs for WATERFORD HIGH SCHOOL (Oct 2006 - 2014)
Established permanent exchange programs with our partner schools in France, Germany and Italy, including an official exchange of "twinning" letters between our town halls. On alternate years, Waterford students participated in exchange trips to the schools in these towns. Starting in 2006, WHS ran exchange trips with our partner school in Poitiers, France, the Lycée Victor Hugo. As part of this exchange, our students' civic engagement in the community included volunteering for the "Caravane des Sports", teaching young French children fencing, golf, and softball.

In February 2010, our students spent two weeks in Germany. In October 2010, 30 Italian students came to Waterford High, and 18 French students came in May 2011. In April 2011, 33 Waterford students traveled to Montecatini Terme, and 16 more spent two weeks in Blagnac, France. All students attended classes and educational programs in the host schools and the surrounding areas.


CLICK HERE to see Waterford Times article on the 2010 ITALIAN EXCHANGE with Waterford High School.

CLICK HERE to see Il Tirreno article on the 2011 ITALIAN EXCHANGE.

CLICK HERE to see La Nazione article on the WHS Jazz Band in Montecatini.

Prends la parole ! (May 2007 - June 2012) Developing a series of podcasts of simple French literature available to students and teachers. See links below for samples.

Global Works, Inc, (July 2004, 2005, 2006) Program Director (France) for language-study/community-service immersion programs.

CT Governor's Commission on Francophone Culture, (2001 - 2005) Director, Education Subcommittee

Waterford High School, (Aug 2002 - Jun 2004) Director of High School Drama Program.

Eastern Connecticut State University, (Aug 1998 - May 1999) WECS, 91.7, Campus radio station; produced a weekly, one-hour, French music show supported by a website with lyrics and vocabulary notes.

Institut de La Tour, Paris, FRANCE, (1990 - 1993) Director of the Bilingual Section

Lastours, FRANCE, (1996 - 1999; 2004 - 2006) Archeological excavation of medieval village, under direction of Marie-Elise Gardel

Reggello, ITALY, (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000) Archeological excavation of medieval oppidum, under direction of Pr. Guido Vannini.

May, 2015 Multilingualism Conference (United World College of South East Asia, Singapore)
Presentation title: Teaching second languages like first languages.
CLICK HERE for conference web page
Mar, 2014 Regional Professional Development Conference
Presentation title: Using online pedagogical resources (TV5,, Voicethread, VOKI, Quizlet, etc) in your foreign language classes.
Jan, 2014 WPS Professional Development Meeting
Presentation title: CBLI in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Nov, 2013 Regional Professional Development Conference
Presentation title: Making AUDIOBOOKS with GarageBand and Keynote.
Mar, 2013 Regional Professional Development Conference
Presentation title: TPR exercises for all levels of language study / ASL and TPR.
Nov, 2012 Regional Professional Development Conference
Presentation title: TPR using TPRManager. (TPRManager is a website currently in development, designed by Mark and Richard Foster, to facilitate, track, and generate data on TPR usage.)
Oct, 2012 Regional Professional Development Conference
Presentation title: Online resources for Foreign Language Teachers.
Nov, 2011 CABE (CT Assoc. of Boards of Education) Fall Conference
Conference title: Educating Our Children for a Global Society
Presentation title: Overcoming Obstacles to International Exchange Travel.
Oct, 2011 CTCOLT (CT Council of Language Teachers)Technology Conference
Presentation title: Online resources for French teachers
July, 2010 Montréal, 13th Congress of the International Society of Courtly Literature
Topic: Roland and Aude: The Courtly Love of the Occitan Song of Roland.
Oct, 2009 Université d'Avignon
Topic: Ronsasvals et les origines de La Chanson de Roland.
Jan, 2009 The Center for the Teaching of French at Yale University
Topic: Syllabus for a Multimedia Unit on Immigration in France
Oct, 2008 The Center for the Teaching of French at Yale University
Topic: TPR and Podcasting in the Foreign Language Classroom
May, 2008 The Center for the Teaching of French at Yale University
Topic: Community-service-oriented exchange trips
Apr, 2008 CTCOLT (CT Council of Language Teachers)Technology Conference
Topic: Creating podcasts to support a Literacy-based program
Feb, 2008 Boston College, Medieval Conference
Topic: Ronsasvals and the Origins of The Song of Roland
Feb, 2008 The Center for the Teaching of French at Yale University
Topic: Life as an American Expatriate
Jan, 2008 University of Connecticut, Medieval Conference
Topic: Chrétien de Troyes' Erec et Enide


May 2003
Connecticut Secretary of State’s Public Service Award - In recognition of efforts made to develop a new paradigm for Foreign Language education in Connecticut schools.

April 2000 and April 2005
Dictée des Amériques, Québec - Represented Connecticut in a French contest featuring competitors from 40 countries. Qualified for the final round as top competitor from Region B (Eastern Europe, non-francophone Africa, South America and the US).

CLICK HERE for brief excerpt of 2005 TÉLÉ-QUÉBEC broadcast of La Dictée des Amériques.

February 1990
New York University; Received full scholarship for completion of Master’s in French Language and Civilization, studying at NYU-in-Paris.

MODERN LANGUAGES (ACTFL standards level)
ItalianAdvanced Mid
GermanIntermediate Low
SpanishIntermediate Low
ArabicNovice Mid
SwahiliNovice Mid
Middle Englishreading ability
Francien, Anglo-Normanreading ability
Old Occitan (Provençal)reading ability
Latinbasic reading ability

To play the podcasts on this page, it will sometimes work better if you right click them, copy to desktop, and open them from there.
My links
PODCAST avec audio - CENDRILLON, p. 1.
PODCAST avec audio - CENDRILLON, p. 2.
PODCAST avec audio - CENDRILLON, p. 3.
PODCAST avec audio - CENDRILLON, p. 4.
CLICK here for PDF of CENDRILLON text (page 2)
PODCAST avec vidéo - Presque mort: LA BRETAGNE
PODCAST avec le texte: Harry Potter à Poudlard
PODCAST avec le texte: Harry Potter et le Cours de Potions
Student podcast: H Potter
UNIV. of TEXAS: Grammaire de l'absurde
VOKI: un exemple
COMPTINE: V'là l'bon vent
FRENCHTODAY with Camille
DICTIONNAIRE qui prononce les mots
SHOW: Same Time, Next Year (2014) Trailer
SHOW: Same Time, Next Year (2014) YouTube Playlist
SHOW: Me and My Girl (1995) Me & My Girl
SHOW: Anything Goes (1989) FRIENDSHIP
SHOW: Anything Goes (1989) DE-LOVELY
SHOW: The Prisoner of Second Avenue (2018)
Tortues de mer - ZANZIBAR
My Travels