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Dr. Margaret Leone

Lecturer of French

Portrait of Margaret LeoneEducation

  • Ph.D. in Second Language Education, with a concentration in Language Acquisition, McGill University; Dissertation title: Foreign Language Learning in NYS: Individual Differences, Student Perceptions and Sociocultural Values, 2013
  • M.A. in French, University of Rochester; Comprehension exams in 17th century literature, 20th century French Theatre and the works of Andre Gide, 1987
  • B.A., French, Niagara University, summa cum laude, 1982
  • Diplome de l’Alliance Francaise from Universite Catholique de l’Ouest d’Angers, France, 1981


  • New York State Permanent Certification, French 7-12
  • Certification of Completion for Use of Human Subjects Certification Program, SUNY Plattsburgh

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Foreign and second language pedagogy
  • Second language acquisition and sociocultural values
  • Service learning in French
  • Culture and language across the curriculum (CLAC)

Honors and Awards

  • Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society, inducted 2013
  • Delta Kappa Gamma, Honor Society for Women in World Education, inducted 2011
  • Winkel Fund Grant, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2005
  • Gretta Chambers Memorial Scholarship, McGill University 2001
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Rochester, 1985-1987
  • Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society, 1982

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Director, Abbey Road Nice Immersion Program. Accompanied American Secondary school students to Nice, France. Duties included overseeing program budget, reserving and planning for excursions and daily activities, overseeing staff needs, liaison between staff of six, Abbey Road managers and parents, July – August 2017
  • Member of Content Advisory Committee for Item Prototype Review, Item Review and French Marker Response Review for the New York State Teacher Certification Examination in French, May 2014 – present
  • Manuscript reviewer for Practical French, Speed up Your French and French Grammar Made Easy, Routledge Press, Dec. 2012-July 2014
  • Item writer and consultant — New York State Proficiency and Regent Exams in French, 1991-2004

Presentations and Publications

  • Leone, M. (in press). First Steps. In J. Kennedy and B. Burnell (Eds.) Women Scholars: Navigating the doctoral journey. Wareton, NJ: Apple Academic Press.
  • Integrating the ELA Content Standards into FL Instruction, staff development presentation, Peru Central High School, Peru, NY, January 2015
  • Motivating Students at All Levels, Keynote address at NYSAFLT Capital East Spring Conference, Ausable Valley Central School, Clintonville, NY, April 2014
  • Priming sociocultural values: Prioritizing foreign language learning in New York State, presentation at the First Annual Foreign Language Conference, SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, September 2013
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