Middlebury Language Schools


Wedsly Guerrier

Mills Faculty

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FREN 3213S - Early Intermed French      


This course is designed to better the oral communication and pronunciation of Modern Standard French for intermediate-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 books:
1-Chamberlain, Alan and Ross Steele. Guide pratique de la communication. Paris : Didier, 2004. ISBN : 978-2278050635
2-Dansereau, Diane. Savoir Dire: Cours de phonétique et prononciation (2nd edition). Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. ISBN: 978-0618507061. This book should come with lots of CDs.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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FREN 3401S - Adv Oral Expression & Pronun      


The purpose of this course is to help advanced students develop their conversational and pronunciation skills, by means of various original materials and through a wide array of challenging oral production activities.
By working on the linguistic and socio-cultural dimensions of a variety of useful communicative speech situations, students will acquire and consolidate a more sophisticated and lasting proficiency in oral expression. Each class will include systematic work on pronunciation, carefully integrated into the program of the day or the week; practice & correction of French pronunciation, rhythm, and intonation through a wide array of oral exercises (discrimination, repetition, dialogues, in-situation activities...). In all aspects of the course, improving communicative ability will be the priority. A mid-session individual interview will allow students to measure their progress and receive customized suggestions to maximize their oral performance.

Required book:
Les 500 Exercices de Phonétique (A1/A2), livre + corrigés intégrés + CD audio MP3, Hachette Français Langue étrangère, 2009, ISBN: 9782011556981
Authors: Dominique Abry, Marie-Laure Chalaron"

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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FREN 3411S - Adv Grammar & Composition      


In this advanced course students will review fundamental grammatical structures and principles through the study of literary pieces/excerpts. The study of different literary genres will enable students to construct progressively a repertoire of textual forms (narrative, descriptive, expressive, and argumentative) in order to communicate flexibly and fluently in writing.

Required book : Renaud, Simone and Vann Hooff, Dominique. En bonne forme. 8th Edition. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007. ISBN 13 : 978-0-618-65644-8

Summer 2013

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FREN 3438S - Topics in Francophone Lit      


Taught from a multidisciplinary perspective, this class will introduce students to the French Overseas Departments of Martinique and Guadeloupe, and the independent country of Haiti. Students will study the works of some of the great literary figures (Fanon, Césaire, and Glissant) of these regions in order to explore the different issues they tackle, their style and their role in shaping the thought process of their contemporaries. Special attentions will be given to the biographies of the writers, the environment in which they evolved as well as the literary movements to which they belonged (Indigenism, Negritude, Caribbeanness, and Creoleness). Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the political, religious, and social elements of these countries. The discussions, class presentations, and the writing assignments (essays) will help students develop the ability to think critically and improve their French language skills in reading, writing and speaking.

Required books:
Condé, Maryse. Le coeur à rire et à pleurer. Paris : Editions Robert Laffont, 1999. ISBN 2-221-08860-3
Confiant, Raphael. Mamzelle Libellule. Paris : LE SERPENT A PLUMES EDITIONS, 1994. ISBN 2-908957-45-0
Laferrière, Dany. L’énigme du retour. Paris : BERNARD GRASSET EDITIONS, 2009. [Les Editions du Boréal, 2009 for Canada]. ISBN 978-2-246-74891-5
Métellus, Jean. Anacaona. Paris: Hatier, 1986 (2002). ISBN 2-218-07538-5 or ISBN-13: 978-2747301893

Summer 2013

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