Sonia Badenas

Sonia Badenas

Sonia Badenas

Title: Associate Professor of French
Office Location: Nethery Hall 214
Phone: (269) 471-6285


MA, University of Genèva (Switzerland)
MA, University of Grenoble (France)
PhD, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)


“The best way to improve your knowledge of a foreign language is to go and live among its speakers. The next best way is to read extensively in it.” (Nuttall, C. 1982. Teaching reading skills in a foreign language. Heinemann Educational: London. 168)

I first came to Andrews University with my parents, in 1979, when my dad decided to complete his PhD in New Testament at the Seminary. In 2008, I came back as French Instructor, this time with my own family, my husband being the doctoral student at the Seminary. I have lived in four countries (France, Italy, Spain and the US), and I have worked in four Adventist schools with four different languages (French, Italian, Spanish and English). I hold a MA in Modern Languages from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a MA in French as a Second Language from the University of Grenoble, France. In December 2015 I achieved a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. My dissertation explores the use of francophone short stories in order to develop written expression in French as a Second Language.

Davide Sciarabba, my (Italian) husband, is Assistant Professor in the Religion Department and we have two wonderful children: Flavia and Marco, both born in France. We love spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading and gardening.

Current Research or Professional Activities

My current research focuses on exploring the potential of short stories as a learning tool. I am interested in:
- The didactic significance of storytelling,
- The inclusion of short stories in Second Language text books
- The creation of a new Intermediate textbook of French including short stories
- The creation of a Reading French textbook for the seminary