Barbara Sicot

Faculty

Barbara Sicot is the Manager of Content and Curriculum for Middlebury Interactive Languages, after having been the French lead writer for three years. This summer will be her 15th summer as a member of the Middlebury French School faculty. A native of France, she received her Doctorat de Civilisation Américaine from Université of Paris IV-Sorbonne and also studied at Yale. She has taught every level from K-12 to university level students with a concentration on French beginners.

Dr. Sicot has taught in the French immersion program of Fairfax County, VA and helped build a French program in a New York private school. She has taught at Mount Holyoke, Yale, and University of Chicago Lab Schools. She collaborated on the "French in Action" method. She has translated several textbooks for Fairfax County and for other organizations ( ACR, International banks....). She is the recipient of the National Honors Society Award for Excellence in Teaching.

 
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FREN 3201 - Early Intermediate      

Level 2 is designed for students who have already acquired basic French language skills (about 60 hours of French instruction). The course places special attention on the development of self-expression, communicative proficiency, written and oral skills, and cultural insights. To reach this goal, students will also develop their grammatical, lexical and phonetics knowledge.

Class materials and activities are developed to meet the students’ needs. The materials are realistic and selected to correspond with current topics, coming from authentic documents such as francophone press articles, radio and TV extracts.

Each skill and topic are addressed in a task-based and communicative method and immerse the student in real-life situations.

The section is divided into four courses: grammatical structures (3201), oral interaction and phonetics (3202), written comprehension and expression (3203), introduction to francophone cultures (3204). In each course, performance and progress will be assessed on a weekly basis in addition to a final exam.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A2, Hachette FLE, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-2011554352.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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FREN 3202 - Early Intermediate      

Level 2 is designed for students who have already acquired basic French language skills (about 60 hours of French instruction). The course places special attention on the development of self-expression, communicative proficiency, written and oral skills, and cultural insights. To reach this goal, students will also develop their grammatical, lexical and phonetics knowledge.

Class materials and activities are developed to meet the students’ needs. The materials are realistic and selected to correspond with current topics, coming from authentic documents such as francophone press articles, radio and TV extracts.

Each skill and topic are addressed in a task-based and communicative method and immerse the student in real-life situations.

The section is divided into four courses: grammatical structures (3201), oral interaction and phonetics (3202), written comprehension and expression (3203), introduction to francophone cultures (3204). In each course, performance and progress will be assessed on a weekly basis in addition to a final exam.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A2, Hachette FLE, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-2011554352

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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FREN 3203 - Early Intermediate      

Level 2 is designed for students who have already acquired basic French language skills (about 60 hours of French instruction). The course places special attention on the development of self-expression, communicative proficiency, written and oral skills, and cultural insights. To reach this goal, students will also develop their grammatical, lexical and phonetics knowledge.

Class materials and activities are developed to meet the students’ needs. The materials are realistic and selected to correspond with current topics, coming from authentic documents such as francophone press articles, radio and TV extracts.

Each skill and topic are addressed in a task-based and communicative method and immerse the student in real-life situations.

The section is divided into four courses: grammatical structures (3201), oral interaction and phonetics (3202), written comprehension and expression (3203), introduction to francophone cultures (3204). In each course, performance and progress will be assessed on a weekly basis in addition to a final exam.

Required text:
- Anne AKYUZ, Bernadette BAZELLE-SHAHMAEI, Joëlle BONENFANT, Marie-Françoise GLIEMANN, Les 500 Exercices de Grammaire A2, Hachette FLE, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-2011554352 LNG

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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FREN 3301 - Upper Intermediate      

Grammar in Written Context
Students at the Upper Immediate level should demonstrate an increased ability to communicate with attention to the appropriate style, organization and planning, as well as an increased accuracy of grammar syntax and spelling. In this course, students will improve their writing within the context of grammar. Namely, they will learn to improve their abilities to produce different types of texts (argumentative, descriptive, narrative, and explicative), while working on the strengthening of grammar concepts. Authentic texts from a rich variety of sources (literary and journalistic) will be used at the starting point for the illustration and explanation of key areas of French grammar. By the end of this course, students should be able to produce a coherent text that will highlight not only their writing abilities, but also their mastery of the French grammar at the Upper Intermediate level.

Required text:
- Michèle BOULARES, Jean-Louis FREROT, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Avancé)- 2e édition (avec 400 exercices), CLE International, ISBN: 978-2-09-038118-4

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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FREN 3306 - Topics in French Language      

Communicative grammar, vocabulary, and written expression
This course is designed to help you refine and improve your written and oral communication skills. Throughout the session, you will explore a variety of topics chosen to enrich your vocabulary and idiomatic expressions while fine-tuning specific, level-appropriate grammar skills. This course focuses less on theory and more on naturally integrating particular, more challenging linguistic construct through various classroom activities and homework assignments. By the end of the semester, you will be better able to express your thoughts and ideas more precisely and with greater ease.

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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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