Instructor, French
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities

604.986.1911 ext. 2464
Fir Building, room FR 468


PhD, French Literature, Simon Fraser University, 2020.

MA, French literature, Simon Fraser University, 2015.

BA, French literature, University of Montreal, 2013.


Laurence Gauvreau (PhD, Simon Fraser University, 2020) is a French literature specialist. Her main research concerns the writing of the self as a postmodern construction and performance of the narrative identity.

Gauvreau is from Montreal, where she started to study French literature at the University of Montreal. She moved to Vancouver to pursue research with Dr. Jorge Calderon (SFU) about the communicative exchange in Nelly Arcan's autofictions. She also published the conclusion of her thesis in the literary magazine Voix Plurielles in 2015.

Although Gauvreau's primary work field is in French literature, she's been teaching French as a second language in post-secondary institutions for years, from beginner to advanced levels. She is involved in BCCAT Language Articulation Committee SCOLA, where she constantly learns and share tools, resources, and methods to teach languages in post-secondary settings. Her research skills also allow her to develop language courses based on themes such as cultural diversity, current events, and philosophy.

I simply love teaching French! I enjoy transmitting my knowledge and being challenged by questions. I have always enjoyed the academic environment, and the success of students is close to my heart.

I am always trying to make the class as fun as possible to lead learners towards creating interest in the subject. I also try my best to teach French in a way that students can succeed in expressing relevant opinions, to explain themselves, to understand French culture, and to be able to communicate (speaking or writing) in an effective way.

Teaching is the transfer of knowledge, but for me it is also about the connections with students, which are allowing them not only to learn but to enjoy learning.