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Rebecca M. Valette, La Médaille d’Or de la Renaissance Française

Rebecca M. Valette is Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages at Boston College. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado and was granted an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College. In the course of her career, Dr. Valette has served as national president of the American Association of Teachers of French, president of the Alliance Française of Boston, and vice president of the Federation of Alliances Françaises, USA.

A specialist in foreign language methodology, she has written and lectured extensively in this field. With her husband, she has authored several series of highly successful programs for the teaching of French in American secondary schools and universities.

In recognition of her work in promoting French language and Francophone culture in the United States, the French Government has named her Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques and Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite. Last fall she received the Saint Boniface Haiti Foundation Humanitarian Award for her support of the Fond des Blancs community in Haiti.


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