Aline Germain-Rutherford

Director of the French School; Chief Learning Officer, Middlebury Interactive Languages

Aline Germain-Rutherford is the Associate Vice President of the Language Schools and Graduate programs of Middlebury College, and the Director of the French School. She is also the Vice President for Pedagogical Development for Middlebury Interactive Languages.  She received a Doctorat de Didactologie/Didactique des Langues et des Cultures at La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III. She has taught for many years in Canada and is the former Director of the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) of the University of Ottawa. The author of numerous publications on faculty development, second language pedagogy, speech technology and the integration of sound pedagogy in e-learning practices, Dr. Germain-Rutherford has headed several national and international research projects, specifically on faculty development and multicultural issues in post-secondary education and online environments. She has been a visiting professor and keynote speaker in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Germain-Rutherford is also the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellow Award, a Canadian national award for excellence in teaching and leadership in Higher Education.



Course List: 

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FREN6900 - Research Paper      

Summer 2013

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LNGT0101 - Introduction to Linguistics      

Introduction to Linguistics
In this course we will discuss the major issues and findings in the study of human language within theories of modern linguistics. The main topics include the nature of human language as opposed to other communication systems; sound patterns (phonology); word-formation (morphology); sentence structure (syntax); meaning (semantics); language and the brain; language acquisition; geographical and social dialects; and historical development of language and language change. 3 hrs. lect./disc. SOC

Fall 2013

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LNGT0205 / EDST0205 - L2Acquisition & Ed. Tech.      

Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Educational Technology
In this course we will study the relationship between second language acquisition (SLA) theory, foreign language (FL) instruction, and the use of educational technology. We will examine various aspects of first and second language learning/acquisition. SLA theories and research findings will then provide a framework to explore FL instruction and computer assisted learning (CALL) applications. Based on an experiential project development approach, this course will offer students opportunities to critically assess existing CALL applications and to design learning materials based on SLA current and relevant research. Class sessions are designed to be hands-on and interactive. (Not open to students who have taken LNGT/EDST 1004) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2012, Winter 2015

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LNGT0226 - Phonetics and Phonology      

The Sounds of Language: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
In this course we will study the description and analysis of speech: how the sounds of language are physiologically produced, acoustically represented, and psychologically perceived and categorized. Through acoustic and phonological analysis, students will develop the skills to distinguish and produce the sounds of the world’s languages, as well as explore the sound systems of different languages, in order to determine which patterns differ and which patterns are common to all. Students will hone their analytical and technical skills by solving phonological problem sets as well as by using computer software (Praat) to analyze the acoustics of speech. 3 hrs. lect./disc. SCI

Winter 2016

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LNGT0500 - Independent Work      

Independent Work
(Approval Required)

Winter 2013, Spring 2014

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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