Nicole Dufresne

Professor Emeritus

E-mail: nidufresne@gmail.com Fields of interest: Communication and culture; Translation; Business; 20th-century theatre

Nicole Dufresne’s primary interest lies in the ways language and culture combine to generate new forms of communicative interaction in the contemporary Francophone world.


  • Ph.D in Comparative Literature, University of Southern California, 1977.

Courses commonly taught

  • Business French: Language and Communication (French 109) analyzes the workings of the French company, business communication, and the economic and legal context of employment.
  • The Culture of Business in France (French 110) explores such culture-specific aspects of commercial activity as marketing, advertising, and the impact of the European Community and globalization.
  • Translation courses (French 108 A, B) focus on communication in contemporary popular culture (film subtitles, tourism, advertising), and in intellectual life (fiction, dramatic texts, autobiography, editorial, and investigative journalism).

Honors and Awards

  • Academic Senate Distinguished Lecturer Award for outstanding contributions to university teaching, May 2000

Conference Presentations

  • “La mondialisation: perspectives françaises”. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, Washington, DC, Nov. 2001.
  • “Ways and Means: Publicité in the French Business Classroom”. CIBER 2001: Conference on Language, Communication and Global Management, San Diego State University.
  • “The problematics of teaching Business French – New Approaches and Solutions” CIBER 2000: Conference on Language, Communication and Global Management, Thunderbird, Arizona.
  • “Un portfolio Internet pour la classe de français”. Workshop with classroom and the UCLA Department of French, March 2000.