Antoine G. Albert, Level 4
Current Undergraduate, Double Major in French & Philosophy
Effective research in cultural anthropology often requires the exploration of primary sources in-language. For Antoine Albert, the fluency he’s gaining at Middlebury will enable him to do just that.
"I was here last year in Level 2. Your acquisition of vocabulary, your retention, it all grows exponentially. It gives you the confidence that you can get on the plane right now and go to Paris and be fine."
Antoine will, in fact, leave for Paris after finishing his summer at Middlebury. There, he’ll begin his studies of African immigrants and French xenophobia. "That will require a high level of fluency in the language," says Antoine. "Middlebury opens up a world of resources in my chosen field."
Soraya M. Watkins, Level 3
BA, Spanish and Comparative Women's Studies
Soraya Watkins was planning to study in Senegal prior to attending the French School. Realizing that she would need a higher level of proficiency in French in order to delve deeply into Senegalese culture, she came to Middlebury first.
"I knew that there was no program that would better prepare me. The professors here don't just teach vocabulary and grammar—they make the language make sense. The distinction, for me, is that French has become less memorized and more understood. And because of the thorough introduction to French and Francophone cultures this program has given me, I'm now prepared for study in Senegal."