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Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Vanessa Arnaud, Ph.D.

Title: Lecturer of French & Honors Program

Office Location: Mariposa Hall 2023


Mailing Address: California State University, Sacramento, Department of World Languages and Literatures 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6087

Office Hours: Spring 2018: Wednesdays 12PM-1PM and by appointment

Courses Taught

French (See SacCT for course syllabi)

  • French 1A and 1B: Elementary French
  • French 2B: Intermediate French
  • French 103: Advanced French Composition
  • French 107: Business French
  • French 120: French Civilization
  • French 130: Culture Wars: From Knighthood to Revolution
  • French 199: Special Problems

Humanities and Religious Studies

  • HRS 132: Renaissance 

General Education Honors Program 

  • Honors 1: Education, Self-Examination and Living
  • Honors 103: Civic Engagement, Service Learning: Pursuing the Public Good

World Languages and Literatures

  • Foreign Languages 21: First Year Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NSM 21: First Year Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person

Service Learning Video Project

OFF-TRACK: A Behind the Scenes Look at Prostitution

This film seeks to inform and raise awareness of prostitution in our local community of Sacramento.  It is the result of collaboration between the General Education Honors ProgramCommunity Against Sexual Harm, and Take 1 Productions. It was made possible with the support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  For more information, visit

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications:

“Strengthening Your Personal Development through Community Engagement.” First Year Seminar: Perspective and Empowerment.  Mason Ohio: Cengage Learning, 2009. 137-142.

“Gossip as Surveillance in Molière’s Le Misanthrope.”  Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature.  29.57 (2002): 407-416.

Recent Presentations:

“Service Learning Pedagogy to Examine Otherness in the Middle Ages.” International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, England, July 3-6, 2017.

“Early Modern French Literature in a Service Learning Context: A Pluralist Approach.” East and West: 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, Sacramento State, Oct. 29, 2016.

“Writing Collaboration between Elementary School and College Students.” ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, San Diego, November 20-22, 2015.

“Peer Teaching and Learning: Effective Strategies to Internationalize the Campus” presented with Dr. Kazue Masuyama. California Language Teachers’ Association Conference, Sacramento, March 9, 2015.

“Bridging Literature and Art: An Integrative Approach.” U-Nite, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, April 10, 2014. 

“Course Design and e-Portfolio Assessment: Getting at the ‘complex stuff’ students learn.” Center for Teaching and Learning, Sacramento State, March 1, 2012.

“How Do We Know?: Evidence-based Strategies for the Sacramento State First Year Experience” with Vickii Castillon, Student Affairs, Sacramento State, First Year Experience Convocation, August 24, 2011.

“Engaging Students: Active Learning Strategies and High Impact Practices” presented with Dr. Mark Stoner. Summer Teaching Institute, Sacramento State, Summer 2011.

“Service Learning Pedagogy in the Undergraduate Curriculum.” Modern Language Association Convention, Los Angeles, January 8, 2011.

Activities Around Campus

U-Nite 2017 Presenter

Cultural Exchange and Speed Chat Rolled Up Into One (2016)

Speak the Culture at Third World Language Day (2016)

Professor Helps Honors Students Make Connections (2013)

Program to Foster International Understanding (2011)