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French Studies graduate student Mouna Benbouazza’s interests run the gamut of language and culture…and running

9/21/2017  8:00 am

Mouna Benbouazza is a second-year MA student in French Studies. She is teaching FR 102 (Elementary French II) this fall. “I love seeing my students progress, develop or deepen an interest in French/ Francophonie, and even make plans to study abroad,” she says.

In acknowledgment of her teaching skill, in May Mouna received the K.A. Looney Junior Award for Excellence in Teaching, from the Department of French and Italian.

Her academic interests include gender and women studies, as well as postcolonial cinema. 

Mouna is originally from Liège, Belgium. She completed an MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Liège in 2015. At U of I she intends to complete her MA by next May.

In addition to her teaching and coursework, Mouna says that she is currently also “passionate about promoting French culture and the presence of Francophonie on campus,” which she does, among other things, through the French conversation table, working with other TAs. “Working in an international context is something that is very important to me,” she adds, “and it's one of the many reasons I consider myself to be very lucky to study and work at SLCL, in addition to the great quality of programs.”

During her spare time, she “loves taking advantage of the cultural scene at the Art Theater or Krannert Center, but most of all, I love running and I am currently training for my first 5K in the US!”