Short self-introduction: I've been working in academia for more than 20 years, after periods as a professional athlete in Portugal and musician in the U.K. and Boston. I have studied at institutions of higher learning in the U.S., Portugal and France. Here at Carnegie Mellon, where I am in my twentieth year, I teach French and Francophone Studies and Computer-Assisted Language Learning and direct the Modern Language Resource Center and the Masters in Applied Second Language Acqusition.
I have often been asked to consult, speak and evaluate on language technology issues over the last few years. I have also been involved in various courseware development projects with colleagues from both within and outside of CMU, including a text-book/ CD-ROM produced for Holt, Rinehart, and the on-going Language Online project at CMU. My most recent interest in French and francophone studies concerns Quebec, especially the social and cultural dynamic manifest in the evolution of popular song.
Details on most of these items can be gleaned from my C.V., on-line versions of papers and syllabi, and project descriptions, all reachable from the links at the top of this page. Any further questions should be addressed to me via one of the conventional means of communication listed above. In my spare time I am a guitarist and songwriter, an avid tennis player, and a recent convert to biking and camping.
A bit of family history: I have been married to Linda Benedict-Jones for 42 years, and we have two sons, Tanner (a CMU grad with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh) and Maxwell (a graduate of Bishop's University in Quebec now living in Montreal). Linda is Curator of Photographs at the Carnegie Museum of Art..