Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs


Michael Zuniga


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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.



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FREN 6603 - 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


Summer 2013

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FREN 6627 - Evaluation & Testing in FSL      

Evaluation and Testing in French as a Second Language

"This course focuses on the theories and research underlying testing and evaluation in second language courses. Some of the topics that we will examine are the history of evaluation in the L2, the process of evaluation in the classroom, formative and summative assessment,
authentic assessment, the constructivist approach, skills assessment, criterion-referenced and standards-based assessment, assessment scales, self-assessment, concepts of validity and reliability, and computer-assisted assessment. The goals of the course are both theoretical and practical.

Required text : Lussier, D., & Turner, C. (1995). Le point sur… L’évaluation en didactique des langues. Montréal, Canada : CEC.


Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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FREN 6694 - Second Language Acquisition      

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the various factors that play a role in the processes of second language acquisition, particularly as it occurs in the classroom. Topics covered include language competence and proficiency, natural vs. classroom second language learning, language related features of second language acquisition (nature and function of the input, developmental stages, characteristics of learner interlanguage, first language transfer, etc.), individual characteristics of the learner, acquisition viewed as a cognitive activity, sociological, psychological and affective factors in second language acquisition, and current research in SLA and its application to teaching French as a second language.

No textbook required


Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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