Behind the scenes
Dr. Isabel Rivero-Vilá has taught Spanish and French since 2004 as an Associate Professor at Carthage College. Before Carthage College she had taught French and Spanish at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca and at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Education (Universidad de Burgos, Spain). She did her doctoral research in Université de Paris 13 and earned her master's degree from the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie (France). She holds a Ph.D in Francophone cultures and Multimedia from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain for which she obtained the Extraordinary Award. Her thesis: "L'interculturel à travers le multimédia dans l'enseignement du français-langue étrangère", provides a method with activities that she developed to teach intercultural aspects of the Francophone world and its representation in Francophone movies for French learners. This method is published and can be accessed from this website.
In her sabbatical in 2016, she filmed a webdocumentary in Nantes: "5 mois à Nantes, ville vivante" that is currently used for teaching French in 60 countries. This webdocumentary can also be viewed from this website (Mon webdoc)
Isabel is currently a filmmaker and a College Professor. She works with award-winning African filmmakers and is the co-producer of several short fiction films in Africa. Her next project will be a feature film documentary in Senegal.