Middlebury Language Schools

 

N.B. Course descriptions and required texts are subject to change.

Courses offered at the Mills campus are denoted with an "S" following the course number.

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FREN 3101 - Beginning French I      

Level 1 is intended for students with no or minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. All in-class activities are task-based and put the students in real-life situations. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161

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Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3102 - Beginning French I      

Level 1 is intended for students with no or minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. All in-class activities are task-based and put the students in real-life situations. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3103 - Beginning French I      

Level 1 is intended for students with no or minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. All in-class activities are task-based and put the students in real-life situations. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161

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Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3201 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading,
and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations and a comprehensive workbook. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will
be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3202 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading,
and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations and a comprehensive workbook. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will
be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3203 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading,
and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations and a comprehensive workbook. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will
be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161

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Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3211 - Early Intermed French      

Level 2 is aimed at students who have received some previous instruction in (or exposure to) French, but who are not yet able to function independently in full immersion.

Level Two focuses on developing listening comprehension, oral competence, and socio-cultural communicative proficiency and on acquiring strategies for oral and written expression through progressive practice.
Various cultural aspects of French-speaking communities worldwide will be studied through readings and recordings.

The course is divided into 3 units. Students will be taught 4 classes a day: Vocabulary and civilization; Introduction to literature; Oral activities; Grammar.

Required Text:
1) Maia GREGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive du francais 3e édition livre + CD audio niveau intermédiaire avec 680 exercices; ISBN 978-2-09-038124-5; CLE International août 2013
2) Maia GREGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive niveau intermédiaire, Livret de corrigés;
ISBN 978-2-09-038117-7; CLE International
3) ALLOUACHE, BLONDEAU et NE,Littérature progressive du francais 2e édition livre + CDrom niveau intermédiaire avec 650 activités; ISBN 978-2-09-038147-4; CLE International janvier 2013

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3212 - Early Intermed French      

Level 2 is aimed at students who have received some previous instruction in (or exposure to) French, but who are not yet able to function independently in full immersion.

Level Two focuses on developing listening comprehension, oral competence, and socio-cultural communicative proficiency and on acquiring strategies for oral and written expression through progressive practice.
Various cultural aspects of French-speaking communities worldwide will be studied through readings and recordings.

The course is divided into 3 units. Students will be taught 4 classes a day: Vocabulary and civilization; Introduction to literature; Oral activities; Grammar.

Required Text:
1) Maia GREGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive du francais 3e édition livre + CD audio niveau intermédiaire avec 680 exercices; ISBN 978-2-09-038124-5; CLE International août 2013
2) Maia GREGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive niveau intermédiaire, Livret de corrigés;
ISBN 978-2-09-038117-7; CLE International
3) ALLOUACHE, BLONDEAU et NE,Littérature progressive du francais 2e édition livre + CDrom niveau intermédiaire avec 650 activités; ISBN 978-2-09-038147-4; CLE International janvier 2013

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3213 - Early Intermed French      

Level 2 is aimed at students who have received some previous instruction in (or exposure to) French, but who are not yet able to function independently in full immersion.

Level Two focuses on developing listening comprehension, oral competence, and socio-cultural communicative proficiency and on acquiring strategies for oral and written expression through progressive practice.
Various cultural aspects of French-speaking communities worldwide will be studied through readings and recordings.

The course is divided into 3 units. Students will be taught 4 classes a day: Vocabulary and civilization; Introduction to literature; Oral activities; Grammar.

Required Text:
1) Maia GREGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive du francais 3e édition livre + CD audio niveau intermédiaire avec 680 exercices; ISBN 978-2-09-038124-5; CLE International août 2013
2) Maia GREGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive niveau intermédiaire, Livret de corrigés;
ISBN 978-2-09-038117-7; CLE International
3) ALLOUACHE, BLONDEAU et NE,Littérature progressive du francais 2e édition livre + CDrom niveau intermédiaire avec 650 activités; ISBN 978-2-09-038147-4; CLE International janvier 2013

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3214 - Early Intermed French      

Level 2 is aimed at students who have received some previous instruction in (or exposure to) French, but who are not yet able to function independently in full immersion.

Level Two focuses on developing listening comprehension, oral competence, and socio-cultural communicative proficiency and on acquiring strategies for oral and written expression through progressive practice.
Various cultural aspects of French-speaking communities worldwide will be studied through readings and recordings.

The course is divided into 3 units. Students will be taught 4 classes a day: Vocabulary and civilization; Introduction to literature; Oral activities; Grammar.

Required Text:
1) Maia GREGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive du francais 3e édition livre + CD audio niveau intermédiaire avec 680 exercices; ISBN 978-2-09-038124-5; CLE International août 2013
2) Maia GREGOIRE et Odile THIEVENAZ, Grammaire progressive niveau intermédiaire, Livret de corrigés;
ISBN 978-2-09-038117-7; CLE International
3) ALLOUACHE, BLONDEAU et NE,Littérature progressive du francais 2e édition livre + CDrom niveau intermédiaire avec 650 activités; ISBN 978-2-09-038147-4; CLE International janvier 2013

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3305 - Topics in French Language      

From one language to the other. This course aims to improve students' oral skills through an intense theatrical practice. Through reading and acting, students will work on their comprehension and interpretative skills, as well as their confidence, ease and fluency in speaking the language.

Each class will focus on two ways of understanding a language : the technical side (relaxation, breathing, diction, articulation, body language ...) and the intellectual and emotional aspect (reading, analysis, discovery of texts and styles of expressions in the Francophone literary world).
Our work will be based on tree texts. Students will memorized part of them for the final show/examination.

Required Texts:
1. Gustave Akakpo: Habbat Alep. Ed. Lansman. ISBN 2-87282-543-6; 2. Marc-Antoine Cyr: Quand tu seras un homme. Quartett. ISBN 978-2-916834-16-0; 3. Kossi Efoui: Volatiles ISBN 2-84809-063-4. Editions Joca Seria.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3306 - Topics in French Language      

This French composition course features a creative approach to process writing. Learners, individually or in groups of two (three maximum) construct a story or write individual stories with embedded grammatical, rhetorical, and stylistic constraints. User-friendly instructive tools intended to stimulate creativity and facilitate language accuracy are readily available on the instructor's website. There, learners have access to a panoply of descriptive and narrative excerpts featuring various genres, moods, and registers. They also find pedagogically relevant reference works such as lexical and semantic webs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, grammatical descriptions, and literary, historical and Francophone civilization links. This carefully orchestrated course is a natural environment for 'scaffolding' and 'noticing' the gap between the language they experience from the various sources of input and their own output. It also aims at targeting 'avoidance' and 'overuse' strategies that often immobilize learners' language development and creativity.

No textbook required.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3307 - Images and Texts      

Through the examination and use of authentic French materials we will focus on oral language (pronunciation, communication…) and discuss current topics in French society (Hexagone and DOM-TOM, laïcité vs. religions, etc.). Aural and visual materials will include feature-length films (On connâit la chanson and Les choristes), songs and literary texts (poetry, drama, and short story).

Required Text: A required coursepack will be available for purchase at the bookstore

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3308 - Intro Francophone World      

In this course, students will be introduced to the history, literature and culture of several francophone countries. Texts (excerpts of novels, poetry, plays) and other documents (comic books, articles, songs, films and documentaries) from Quebec, North and West Africa, the West Indies and Europe will be used to study the social and geopolitical situation of these regions and their artistic esthetic. Topics like exile, colonialism, neocolonialism, postcolinialism, ""négritude"", ""créolité"", women's rights, identity, tradition and language will be explored through the study and analisis of texts by Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi, Léopold Sedar Senghor, Léon G. Damas, Maryse Condé, Suzanne Dracius, Birago Diop, Kama-Sywor Kamanda, Roch Carrier, Mariama Bâ among others. Excerpts from a comic book by Marguerite Abouet, and documentaries will also be included. Students will continue to perfect their reading and writing skills individually through short compositions and in group through document analysis. A great emphasis will be given to reading comprehension and developping writing skills. Students will practice their oral competence in class. An individual oral presentation and a final paper on one aspect of francophone culture will be required.

Required Text:
1) Césaire, Aimé, Une tempête ;ISBN:978-2-02-031431-2; Editions du Seuil, 1969
2) Mariama Bâ, Une si longue lettre; ISBN:978-2842612894, Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Sénégal (NEAS), Serpent à Plumes

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3411 - Adv Grammar & Composition      

This course enables students to construct progressively a repertoire of textual forms (narrative, descriptive, expressive, and argumentative) in order to communicate flexibly and fluently in writing. Concurrently, students will review fundamental grammatical structures and principles through numerous and varied exercises.

Required Text:
Michèle Boularès et Jean-Louis Frérot, Grammaire Progressive du français avec 400 exercises, Niveau avancé; ISBN 978209033862-1; CLE Internationnal, 2004.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3412 - Great Speeches Fr Pol Rhetoric      

Great Speeches in French Political Rhetoric

This course will study a variety of modern political speeches from the French Revolution to the present time. It offers a panorama of the evolution of French political rhetoric according to its historical, political, intellectual, and religious context. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with political literature and will work on the art of rhetoric and political discourse in a concrete and lively manner, notably through enrichment of vocabulary, knowledge of the diversity of language styles, analysis of argumentation, and discursive strategies. Students of this course will have the opportunity to write by themselves a political speech which will be performed in a special event : the 'Soirée de l'Eloquence politique' (end of the Summer School, in the Warner Hemicycle). For this summer (2013), the 'Soirée' will be devoted to the Paris Commune of 1871.

Required Texts:
Jean Lacouture; De Gaulle, le rebelle; ISBN 9782020069687 ; Editions du Seuil, 2000

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3427 - African Tales      

In this course, you will discover the universe of the African Tale. Tales are one of the main pedagogical tools in the African culture which is characterized by its oral tradition. Tales develop your imagination, enable you to master the language and help you understand the aesthetic and moral values that regulate the functioning of the society.

It has been passed down from the great traditional storytellers (the elderly and the griots). This course will be dedicated to the studying of the particular framework of the African tales. Moreover you will be taught how to read and write tales through the analysis of some classics.

Here is the list of the books that will be studied in the program:
-Kaydara de Hampâthé Bâ
-Petit Bodiel de hampâthé Bâ
- Les contes d’Amadou Koumba de Birago Diop
-Leuk- le lièvre de Senghor et Sadji

Summer 2013

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FREN 3429 - Cinema Maghreb & Immigration      

This course will study the historical and cultural aspects of the Maghreb and immigration though cinema. It will explore the double image that characterizes this type of cinema. The first image will focus on the French vision of the Maghreb and its representation in France’s former colonies. The second image will focus on Maghrebian directors and their vision of their societies. We will also explore the integration in France of the second generation of immigrants (the ""Beurs""), especially issues of citizenship, exile, etc. Examples will be taken from films such as: Julien Duvivier’s ""Pépé le Moko"", Gillo Pontecorvo ‘s ""La Bataille d'Alger"", M. Allouache ‘s ""Omar"", C. Ruggia ‘s ""Le Gone du Chaaba"", Y. Benguigui ‘s ""Inchallah dimanche"" and A. Kechiche’s ""La Graine et le mulet"", among others.

No textbooks required

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3450 - Theater and Language      

This course aims at developing ease and fluidity of oral communication in French. With support of three contemporary Francophone plays, students will discover the French languages diversity by working on pronunciation, quality of their voice, gesture, breathing...

The course will be articulated in a dynamic, participative and creative way around three axes:
1)Dramaturgic study of texts: reading, discussion, analyze;
2)Exercises stemming from the theatrical pedagogy to improve the qualities of articulation, pronunciation, memorization, verbal ease and public speaking;
3)Staging extracts of the studied plays, which will close the course

Required Texts:
1) Sonia Ristic; Le pahre, ISBN: 978-2-87282-731-2;Edition Lansman
2) José Pliya; Barack Obama de la race en Amérique; ISBN:
978-2-87282-774-9; Edition Lansman
3) Gustave Akakpo; Même les chevaliers tombent dans l’oubli;
ISBN: 978-2-330-03113-8; Actes Sud

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3460 - Oral Production &Pronunciation      

This course is designed to better the oral communication and pronunciation of Modern Standard French for advanced-level students. Through a variety of activities, students will improve their phonetic production (focus on vowels, consonants, diphthongs, nasalization, liaison, elision, intonation, Phonetic Alphabet) while developing vocabulary and the capacity to express their ideas in a myriad of functional settings. Topics may include: French culture, current events (from French-language newspapers, magazines, and TV programs), travel, music, and sports.

Required Text:
Dansereau, Diane; Savoir Dire: Cours de Phonétique et prononciation (2nd Edition); ISBN: 978-0618507061.
CD NOT REQUIRED; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3475 - Autobiographical Writing      

The aim of this course is two-fold: it will introduce students to the autobiographical genre, and will also help them improve their analytical and writing skills in French. We will explore the various types of particular fantasies (fantasmes) that underly autobiographical texts. Students will also produce their own autobiographical narrations. Readings will include essays by Philippe Lejeune, Les Mots by Jean-Paul Sartre, W ou le souvenir d'enfance by Georges Pérec, and Enfance by Nathalie Sarraute.

Required Text:
Les Mots, Jean-Paul Sartre, Gallimard (Folio)
Enfance, Nathalie Sarraute, Gallimard (Folio)
W ou le souvenir d’enfance, Georges Perec, Gallimard (L’imaginaire).

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 3485 - Young People and Politics      

N.B. This course will be offered from June 30 to July 22, 2 hours a day

Youth is an intensive period of transaction during which individuals, in different ways, will enter adulthood and discover politics. Young people have to negotiate with their primary socialization, and especially with their family legacy, to make their own choices and to appropriate specific attitudes, behaviours and roles in this field. First of all, this course will give the opportunity to better understand this process and to study political identity during this period of life. Are young people in politics so different from their elders? Can we observe some generational characteristics? Are all young people politically similar? This course will also explore the different forms of politicization among the young. Are they interested? Do they vote and how do they vote? Are they engaged and how are they engaged? Lastly, working with different data, surveys and studies, this course will offer an overview of French political life today.

Required Text:
Anne Muxel, Avoir 20 ans en politique. Les enfants du désenchantement, Paris, Seuil, 2010, ISBN 978.2.02.100.252.2

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6000 - Continuing Education in French      

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FREN 6001 - Continuing Education French II      

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