Middlebury Language Schools

Gustave Akakpo




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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 2012, Summer 2013

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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 2014 Language Schools

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The French School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Sheila Schwaneflugel, Coordinator