Isabelle Drewelow

Associate Professor of French and Applied Linguistics

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  • phone (205) 348-5059
  • office location BB Comer Hall 212


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
  • Maîtrise de Langues Etrangères Appliquées, Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux III
  • Licence de Langues Etrangères Appliquées, Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux III

Research Areas

  • instructed Intercultural competence
  • attitudes, beliefs, and stereotypes
  • empathy
  • second language acquisition.


Isabelle Drewelow teaches undergraduate French language courses, French for Specific Purposes (Marketing and Business), and graduate courses including the foreign language teaching methods course for French. She is the recipient of the 2017 Alabama World Language Association’s Educator of Excellence Award for post-secondary educators. Her research focuses on teaching culture through stereotypes, developing learners’ critical cultural awareness, affective dimensions of foreign language learning, and designing experiential project-based simulations.

Selected Publications

  • Drewelow, I., Koronkiewicz, B., & Range, R. (2019). “Rethinking and Shifting Discourses and Practices of ‘Testing’ – From Accuracy to Engagement With Situated Contexts,” Pathways to Paradigm Change: Critical Examinations of Prevailing Discourses and Ideologies in Second Language Education, ed. B. Dupuy & K. Michelson, (pp. 45-74). Boston, MA: Cengage.
  • Drewelow, I. & Finney, S. (2018). “Developing intercultural empathy through a strategy-based simulation in intermediate Spanish,” The Language Learning Journal.
  • Drewelow, I. (2017). “A socio-constructivist approach to developing intercultural empathy.” In S. Dubreuil & S. L. Thorne (Eds.), Social pedagogies and entwining language with the world (pp. 255-265). Boston, MA: Cengage.
  • Drewelow, I., & Mitchell, C. (2015). An exploration of learners’ conceptions of language, culture, and learning in advanced-level Spanish courses. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 28(3), 243-256.
  • Drewelow, I. (2015). Liberté et République: Using familiar constructs to cultivate learners’ awareness of diverse perspectives. The Language Educator, 10(3), 48-50.
  • Drewelow, I. (2015). Developing cross-cultural awareness at the introductory level through stereotypes and digital storytelling. The French Review, 88(3), 71-90.
  • Drewelow, I. (2013). Exploring graduate teaching assistants’ perspectives on their roles in a foreign language hybrid course. System, 41(4), 1006-1022.
  • Drewelow, I. (2013). Impact of instruction on shaping or reshaping stereotypical cultural representations in an introductory French course. Foreign Language Annals, 46(2), 157-174.
  • Drewelow, I. (2012). Learners’ perceptions of culture in a first-semester foreign language course. L2 Journal, 4(2), 283-302.
  • Drewelow, I. (2012). Twitter in the teaching methods course: Foreign language graduate teaching assistants’ perspectives. Paper accepted for publication. The JALTCALL Journal, 8(2), 129-143.
  • Drewelow, I. (2011). Learners’ selective perceptions of information during instructed learning in French: Consequences. Modern Language Journal, 95(s1), 27-41.
  • Drewelow, I. (2011). American learners of French and their stereotypes of the French language and people: A survey and its implications for teaching. The French Review, 84(4), 748-762.
  • Drewelow, I., & Theobald, A. (2007). A Comparison of the Attitudes of Learners, Teachers and Native French Speakers about the Pronunciation of French: An Exploratory Study. Foreign Language Annals, 40(3), 491-520.