Iris Black

University Teaching Fellow


Phone: 902-494-1536
Mailing Address: 
Room 2107, Marion McCain, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • French language
  • French language pedagogy
  • French literature
  • French and Francophone culture

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-2:15 p.m.; Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 p.m., or by appointment <>


  • BA, MA (Toronto)
  • Baccalauréat en français langue seconde (Laval)
  • PhD (Edinburgh)
  • PGCE (Postraduate Certificate in Education) (Leeds)


Iris Black teaches courses in French language, literature and culture. She has research interests in medieval literature, particularly of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and in the teaching and learning of languages. She is also a coordinator of first year classes, and is involved in curriculum development and programme planning. She participates regularly in teaching and learning conferences, and has recently co-authored Grammaire à la carte (Nelson, 2012), an online interactive resource for intermediate and advanced students of French. 

In addition to her responsibilities at Dalhousie, she teaches summer French Proficiency courses for teachers and translates biographical notes on medieval and Renaissance scholars. Dr. Black has studied, worked and travelled extensively in France and Québec.  

She is past president of the Alliance Française d'Halifax. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, running, dancing, and playing the fiddle.


  • 1007/08 Basic French
  • 1045 Intermediate French
  • 2002 Spoken French
  • 2005 Practical French for Non-Majors
  • 2022 Language and Culture
  • 2201 Introduction to French Literature
  • 3000 Advanced Oral French Workshop

Recent Publications

Grammaire à la carte (Nelson, 2012)