Michael Zuniga

Faculty

Michael Zuniga is a class of 2001 graduate of the Middlebury French School's M.A. program. Michael subsequently completed a second M.A.in didactiques des langues secondes at the Université du Québec à Montréal and is currently completing his PhD in applied linguistics at the same university. The author of publications on the cognitive processes involved in second language speech production and reading, Michael has over 10 years of experience teaching French as both a foreign and a second language and six years experience as a lecturer in second language didactics in teacher training programs at universities in Canada and the US. He has also served as a consultant in second language reading and vocabulary acquisition for Quebec's Minister of education.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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DML6950 - Research Methodology Workshops      

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN6603 - Teaching FSL Writing Comp      

Teaching Written Comprehension and Production in French as a Second Language (FSL)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and techniques of teaching written comprehension and production in the FSL classroom. Topics to be covered include models and characteristics of written comprehension and production, methods of teaching written comprehension and production, text types, preparing texts for use with FSL learners of different ages and abilities, editing student production, the evaluation of written comprehension and production, and the use of technological resources.

No Text Required Pedagogy

Summer 2013

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FREN6627 - Evaluation & Testing in FSL      

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and techniques of evaluation in the second language classroom. Emphasis will be placed on both traditional psychometric testing techniques and competency-based assessment methods. The following topics will be covered: a history of evaluation in language teaching, designing formative and summative evaluations, distinguishing between criterion- and norm-referenced evaluation, using criterion and referenced frameworks, evaluation within communicative and task-based learning approaches, maximizing validity, reliability and wash-back in evaluations, and computer-assisted evaluation.

Required Texts
- Veltcheff, C., & Hilton, S. (2003). L’évaluation en FLE. Paris: Hachette. (ISBN-10: 2011552257)
- Chauves, A. (2008). Référentiel de programmes pour l’Alliance Française élaboré à partir du Cadre européen commun. (ISBN : 978-2-09-035279-5) Pedagogy

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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FREN6629 - Teaching Oral Comp in FSL      

Teaching Oral Comprehension and Production in French as a second language

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and techniques of teaching oral comprehension and production in the French second language classroom. Topics to be covered include models and characteristics of oral comprehension and production, methods of teaching oral comprehension and production, text types, preparing texts for use with learners of different ages and abilities, responding to student production, the evaluation of oral comprehension and production, and the use of technological resources.

No textbook required Pedagogy

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN6655 - Teaching FSL Grammar      

Evaluation and Testing in French as a Second Language

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and techniques of evaluation in the second language classroom. Emphasis will be placed on both traditional psychometric testing techniques and competency-based assessment methods. The following topics will be covered: a history of evaluation in language teaching, designing formative and summative evaluations, distinguishing between criterion- and norm-referenced evaluation, using criterion and referenced frameworks, evaluation within communicative and task-based learning approaches, maximizing validity, reliability and wash-back in evaluations, and computer-assisted evaluation. Pedagogy

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN6694 - Second Language Acquisition      

Second language (L2) use and acquisition are among the most complex activities in which humans engage, involving interaction between cognitive, emotional and environmental factors. The aim of this course is to introduce students to these processes, particularly as they occur in the classroom. Topics covered include theories and models of L2 acquisition (behaviorism, universal grammar, interactionism, connectionism and other cognitive models), bilingualism and its effects on cognitive development, L2 developmental stages and the characteristics of learner interlanguage, native-language influence, social, psychological and affective factors influencing L2 acquisition and language learning strategies. Particular emphasis will be placed on highlighting the implications of current research on French L2 teaching practices. Pedagogy

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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The Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5526
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Sheila Schwaneflugel, Coordinator

frenchschool@middlebury.edu