My name is Spyridon (Spyro) Simotas and I am a lecturer of French language and culture at the University of Virginia. I recently defended my dissertation via Zoom during the COVID-19 lockdown. I enjoy teaching, writing, and collaborating in DH and other creative projects. ¶ This website is my e-portfolio and it is a work in progress. It is a place to share relevant information about my projects, to reflect, and to engage with other scholars. I also use it for my teaching. ¶ My current research focuses on contemporary French literature and digital media. More precisely, I examine the websites of three contemporary French writers, and I identify the ways in which they challenge preconceived notions of publishing, textuality, and authorship. ¶ On a different note, I am also a yoga practitioner. I am grateful for what I’ve learned so far, and I will keep on practicing because the lessons on the mat are truly life lessons. ¶ I would love to hear from you if you think we could collaborate on a project, or if you found a typo!
May 6, 2021
My FREN 3585 students and I made a zine this semester called Repenser la France.
Here is a preview of all 46 pages.
Jan 8, 2021
Courses I am teaching in Spring 2021.
Sep 3, 2020
This fall semester, I am teaching two sections of Intermediate French II and a Business French class, completely online.
Jun 3, 2020
Black lives matter. I share the sorrow and rage of our community, and I stand in solidarity with peaceful protests against police brutality. I am committed to anti-racist pedagogy and to the production of knowledge for social justice.
Apr 20, 2020
I successfully defended my dissertation via Zoom today. My friend Aidyn-Lorraine who attended the defense heard my advisor Ari Blatt saying that I had written a “dynamite dissertation.” Later that day, she surprised me with a chocolate cake; she had pasted this sign on the box. I am so grateful to my committee, friends, and family who supported me throughout this project.
Mar 27, 2020
FREN 2020 students ask me anything here.
FREN 3035 students ask me anything here.
Nov 25, 2019
Aug 25, 2019
This Fall I will be teaching two sections of FREN 2020 and one section of FREN 1050. Students click on the appropriate link to find useful ressources for you. See you in class!
Here is a Log to help students record their daily progress and discover patterns in their learning over time. It is designed for my FREN 1050 students this semester, but it can take many iterations. My inspiration for this kind of daily self-tracking comes from Feltron’s Annual Reports. Thanks to Professor Karen James for the help!
Sep 18, 2018
Why is it important to learn a foreign language, and more specifically French? To get the joke!😉