To foster academic development, students need guidance and encouragement
from a professor who supports them with clear, yet challenging, goals.
Defined expectations help reduce anxiety, facilitate learning, and
contribute to building a vibrant community of scholars catering to all
those involved in the learning process. I also rely on the creative
energy that enthusiasm can bring to the classroom. My first goal,
whether the class sets out to learn a complex grammatical structure or
interpret a literary text, is to encourage student enthusiasm for the
activity. I find that hands-on projects such as staging mock French
presidential elections, creating a documentary on the Greenville Haitian
community, or composing poetry in French rather than simply studying
literary material from the textbook bring the most excitement to the
classroom. This invaluable enthusiastic momentum enhances motivation,
triggers the desire to learn, and pushes us to apply newly acquired
knowledge in practical and meaningful ways.