Olivia is a 4th generation Chautauquan born and raised in Montreal to a Moroccan French father and American mother. Her mother, Joan S. Piper, was introduced to the Chautauqua grounds by her grandfather, Congressman William Piper, who regularly took his grandchildren to see programs.
Olivia summered yearly at Chautauqua, and in 1982 her parents bought The Englewood, an historic boarding house (1876) in the downtown center of the Chautauqua Institution. In the summers, the Guest House taught Olivia all aspects of the hospitality trade, while soaking in the education of Chautauqua's renown cultural programs. She took over full operation of The Englewood Guest House in 2010 following her mother's death, and ran it as a boutique bed & breakfast until 2017.
In the winter season Olivia pursued en education in the Visual and Liberal Arts, and then Language Education, earning a Doctorate in Applied French Linguistics in early 2017. This was just prior to breaking ground on a long-anticipated renovation and preservation project for The Englewood.
An historically protected building, The Englewood in it's original form still housed rooms with shared bathrooms, outdated mechanical and electrical elements and overall had outgrown it's living spaces. With the help of her construction savvy father, Amram Amzallag, Olivia became the project manager for both the construction & design, converting the house into condominium apartments.
The Englewood now houses six privately owned apartments, and Olivia now welcomes guests in her 3rd floor "TreeHouse" apartment, which occupies the 3rd floor of the building.
After years of teaching experience in secondary school, university, private and corporate instruction, Olivia currently serves the military as an Assistant Professor of French at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA.
“Well done is better than well said.” - Benjamin Franklin
University at Albany
Ph.D. in French Applied Linguistics. Specializing in Second Language Education & Language Teacher Training.
Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies in Holistic Education. Specializing in Educational Methods and Teacher-Training. Advised underrepresented populations in teaching. Graduate Assistant to the Assistant Dean of Education. Advisor for Kappa Del Phi Education Honors Society.
Bachelor's in French Secondary Education. Specializing in curriculum development and communicative teaching methods.
D.E.C. (equivalent to an Associate's) in Creative Arts. Specializing in Visual Arts & Communications.
Imaginez. Séverine Champigny. The French Review. Publication pending.
3rd Person Object Pronoun Use in French Beginning Textbooks. Journal of Second and Multiple Language Acquisition, Vol. 7, Issue 1.
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) Accreditation Report in Adolescent Language Education.
Bilingual and Multilingual Education in the 21st Century, eds. Christián Abello-Contesse et al. Linguist List. Link: https://linguistlist.org/issues/25/25-2238.html
Issues in Second Language Teaching by Alessandro Benato. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 36 https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/2063713763_Olivia_Amzallag
The Lily Dale Assembly, In A Cultural Visit of New York State. pp. 48 – 54. Fredonia, NY: State University of New York at Fredonia.
“One-on-One Oral Communication Model Questions” Language Learning & Teaching Conference. Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
“Naturalizing 3rd Person Object Pronouns in SLA.” Dissertation Showcase. Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
“Descriptive Immersion: an account of a realized outdoor immersion task and outcomes.” French Department Exchange. Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
“Paris: an online immersion program to combat pandemic blues.” European Language Forum. Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
“Effectively Adapting the Smart Phone to the Language Classroom.” Annual Professional Development Conference. Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
“Learning the Passé Composé through Structured Input.” French Department Exchange. Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
“The Effects of Increasing Input Frequency on the Aural Comprehension of Concepts Containing Third Person Object Pronouns in SLA.” 3rd Annual Conference on Foreign Language Teaching, Binghamton University.
“Compréhension orale des pronoms objets en Français Langue Étrangère.” 3e Colloque international sur l’enseignement du Français langue étrangère, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.
“The Effects of Increased Exposure of Third Person Object Pronouns on their Aural Comprehension in Second Language Acquisition.” Conference on Language, Learning and Culture, Virginia International University.
"How to Make a Difference in Your First Years” Education Student Workshop, SUNY Fredonia.
One-on-One Oral Communication Model Questions
PDF of the Guide: available upon request
Effectively Adapting the Smart Phone to the Language Classroom
Video: available upon request
Paris: an online immersion program to combat pandemic blues.
Lesson Power Point: available upon request
Issues in Second Language Teaching by Alessandro Benato. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 36
Bilingual and Multilingual Education in the 21st Century, eds. Christián Abello-Contesse et al. Linguist List.
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