France Dr. Joel Goldfield

Dr. Joel Goldfield is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures (in French) and Director of the Assistant Teacher/Oral Practice Session (AT/OPS) Program. Currently head of the French section, he has also served as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (2004-7) and as the founding director of the Charles E. Culpeper Language Resource Center (1994-2008). He is the Advisor to the French Club at Fairfield University.


Prof. Goldfield teaches undergraduate courses in French language and culture, business and culture, approaches to translation, and foreign language methodology. His new undergraduate course for Spring 2013 was Second Language Teaching and Technology (MLL 289). He has also taught an experimental course on Foreign Language Teaching and Technology for undergraduate or graduate school credit. He co-created and co-taught an Honors Program course, The Future of the Book, dealing with the impact of technology and new knowledge on Western civilization.

Research and Publications

Joel Goldfield has published hypertextual short stories from 19th-century French literature for Transparent Language and co-authored French textbook materials for University Press of New England and Heinle & Heinle Publishers. He has also authored numerous articles and reviews on computer-assisted literary research, foreign language methodology, computer-assisted language learning and faculty development. Dr. Goldfield co-authored a chapter with Dr. Kurt Schlichting on a role for geographical information systems (GIS) in language learning ("Foreign Language, Sociology and GIS: Exploring French Society and Culture," in Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping across the Curriculum, Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2007). Additional information on their research is available on the GIS project webpage and at Prof. Goldfield's recent Presentations on the role and prospective roles of GIS in language learning include those at Amherst College, U. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (NCSA), Longwood University, Ramapo College of NJ, St. Lawrence University, Southern Connecticut State, SUNY/New Paltz, VMI, Wesleyan (CT), and Yale. For more information on his research, please see the citations and acknowledgments.

Professor Goldfield is a co-author with Profs. John Rassias and Jacqueline de la Chapelle Skubly of the workbook, lab manual and audioscript materials (2008) for the 4th edition of Le Français : départ-arrivée and a contributor to the textbook, published in 2007 by the University Press of New England.

Dr. Goldfield's chapter on "Technology Trends in Faculty Development, Preprofessional Training and the Support of Language and Literature Departments" appears in Chairing the Foreign Language and Literature Department, Part 2, a special issue of the ADFL Bulletin (Modern Language Association, Spring 2001). For information on recent CALL research related to grants, please see below under "Grants." Please click on the next link to see sample research such as that presented to the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) regarding the International Studies/Language Technology Initiative (ISLT).

Literary Computing

Work on stylometry or stylometrics, literary criticism and corpus stylistics has been the focus of Dr. Goldfield's long-term research projects since the late 1980's. Recent papers in these areas, delivered at the Sorbonne in June 2006 and the University of Oulu, Finland, in June 2008, were entitled, respectively, "French-English Literary Translation Aided by Frequency Comparisons from ARTFL and Other Corpora" and "Homebodies and Gad-Abouts: A Chronological Stylistic Study of 19th-Century French and English Novelists" (co-authored with Dr. David Hoover, English, NYU) as part of the annual conference of the ACH and Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO). Representative work in literary computing appears in "Computational Thematics, a Selective Database and Literary Criticism: Gobineau, Tic Words, and Riffaterre Revisited," Literary Computing and Literary Criticism: Theoretical and Practical Essays on Theme and Rhetoric, ed. Rosanne G. Potter, U. Penn., 1989, pp. 97-122.

Editorial Work

A former Assistant Editor of Computers and the Humanities (CHUM) and Director on the Board of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Dr. Goldfield is currently Managing Editor of The Ram's Horn, a peer-reviewed journal on experiential language learning published by The Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures (formerly The Rassias Foundation) at Dartmouth College. The journal welcomes manuscripts in MLA style and is planning its next issue for 2015-16.

Research Grants

Dr. Goldfield's 2015 sabbatical project is entitled: Style and Opposition in Works of Gobineau and Tocqueville. He has also received a Fairfield University Humanities Institute grant in support of library research abroad. Dr. Goldfield served as an Associate Investigator in the U.S. Dept. of Education Grant for 2007-2011, "Critical Languages Eurasia Initiative."

Prof. Goldfield received a 2003 summer research grant for French literature and literary computing exploring the vocabulary and style of Balzac, Gobineau and Stendhal. He was also one of three investigators in a three-year grant project (1999-2002), the International Studies/Language Technology Initiative. It examined new possibilities for interdisciplinary collaboration in using foreign languages across the curriculum (FLAC), especially in the social sciences. Funded by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the former Charles E. Culpeper Foundation and the Archbold Charitable Trust, the ISLT Initiative involved approximately twenty-eight faculty from fourteen different disciplines in applications of Virtual Language Lab technologies and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

The Assistant Teacher/Oral Practice Session (AT/OPS) Program

Dr. Goldfield is the director of the Assistant Teacher/Oral Practice Session (AT/OPS) Program, adapted by the DMLL from the Dartmouth Intensive Language Model. These non-credit "labs" are small sections taught by students trained and supervised by faculty. The OPS function as guided oral homework for students in Core (general education) courses for as many as eight modern languages currently taught at the University. These OPS help students bridge the proficiency gap between what they can read/write and what they can communicate orally. Institutional research on the AT/OPS Program is published in The Ram's Horn (Dartmouth College, 2013). Results of testing by a third party (ACTFL) regarding the effects of the Rassias Method on raising the proficiency level of beginners in a variety of languages are available in Breakthrough: Essays and Vignettes in Honor of John A. Rassias, ed. Mel B. Yoken (New York: Peter Lang) 2007.

Program Reviews, Workshops, Faculty Development and Institutional Projects

Much of Dr. Goldfield's teaching and research time at Fairfield or as a leader of workshops at other educational institutions is devoted to foreign language program reviews, faculty development on foreign language standards, second language acquisition, methodology and the integration of technology into teaching styles and the curriculum. He is a speaker on language proficiency testing, language methodology and the Rassias Method for Worldfund's Inter-American Partnership for Education (IAPE) in conjunction with Dartmouth College and the Mexican Ministry of Education. Prof. Goldfield has held New Hampshire teacher certification in French, German and Music. He has also conducted several internally grant-funded projects for faculty development in oral proficiency testing and integrating computer-assisted language learning (CALL) into language and literature curricula. In 1995-96 he researched and co-authored the University's first study of its information resources for Standard 7 of the reaccreditation visit by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEAS&C).

Language Immersion Programs

Dr. Goldfield has served as the academic director of the University's credit program for the summer Accelerated Language Programs (ALPs) in partnership with the Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures at Dartmouth College. In this program undergraduate credit is offered for ten-day intensive language/culture courses through Fairfield University's College of Arts and Sciences. He previously served as Academic Director of the former University College's Rassias Institute for Language and Cultural Studies, which has offered weekend, non-credit weekend immersion programs ("WIPs") in the Fairfield area in French, Italian and Spanish in cooperation with The Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures. Other languages may be offered by request: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS: Accelerated Language Programs (ALPs) at Dartmouth College, June and July 2015. Fairfield University is able to offer college credit for ALPs under an independent study aegis. Please see the preceding link for more information. Inquire as early as possible and no later than June 2, 2015. Credit registration is required by June 4, 2015.

The Culpeper Language Resource Center

As founding director of the LARC, Dr. Goldfield was responsible for teaching and supervising a staff of approximately a dozen undergraduate and graduate students and occasionally, adjunct faculty members who undertook special curricular projects and assisted in managing the center. Many "alumni" of the LARC have gone on to careers ranging from foreign language teaching to academic computing support to international business. The LARC also helps faculty from other departments working on intercultural or foreign language projects, such as the U.S. Dept. of Education grant ("Critical Languages Eurasia Initiative" for Mandarin Chinese and Russian) and the recent federal FIPSE grant for Economics and Brazilian Portuguese.

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Academic degrees:

Ph.D. 1986. Littérature et civilisation françaises, option moderne et contemporaine. Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, France. Boursier du Gouvernement français. Dissertation on the Nouvelles asiatiques of Arthur de Gobineau and a methodology for computer-assisted stylo-statistical and thematic analysis.

M.A. Literary Studies: Comparative Literature. Brandeis University.

A.B. Comparative Literature. Dartmouth College.