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Florence Abad-Turner

Distinguished Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies
French Language and World Business Coordinator
Honors Program Teaching Faculty

601 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996, USA


She received a bachelor degree in Chinese language and Civilization at the University of Bordeaux III, France, with a minor in Korean language, and a Master of Arts in French Literature at the University of TN. She is the French Language and World Business Coordinator and the teaching faculty of the French Honors Program. She is also a licensed teacher and taught Spanish and French in high school for 5 years. She is currently teaching French at UT from first year to fourth year. She is mainly interested in created new curricula and the studies of French and Francophone graphic novels as an academic field. She taught French 450 (special topic): Graphic Novels and Films. Fluent in Spanish and advanced in Italian. She is an avid backpacker and hiker.

  • Teaching certification K-12 (French & Spanish), University of Tennessee, 1998
  • M.A. in French Literature, University of Tennessee, 1995
  • Bachelor of Chinese Language and Civilization, Univ. of Bordeaux III, France 1991
  • Baccalaureate, France 1987
  • June 2018, 2019 - Faculty leader for UT in Paris summer program
  • 2003 - Present: Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies
  • 1997: Instructor in French and Italian
  • 1993 - 1994: Graduate assistant
  • “Teaching French and Francophonie with the highly popular graphic novel Aya de Yopougon”. Abad Turner, Florence.  Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Association (MIFLA). Knoxville, TN, October 2018
  • “IPA, Food and French Comedies without subtitles: Using Louis de Funès”.TFLTA, Franklin TN, November 2016
  • “Iconic French comedies to teach cultural awareness and language skills, IPA format”. Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC). James Madison University, Virginia, October 2016
  • “Psychological aspects and attitudes of learning a language”. Abad Turner, F & Kenneman, M.  Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC). Charleston, SC, October 2015
  • “ La Phonétique Française” Youtube channel, UT, Knoxville, 2014
  • “What Works: Activities for First Year French Hybrid courses at the University of Tennesse”. Abad Turner, F & Edmundson, S. TFLTA, Franklin TN, October 2012


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