Lourdes Suárez-Valle is full professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She is the Department Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages of the same institution. She has worked on both the Mills and Middlebury campuses of the French School.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided her with grants to study in Tours, France and complete the Licence and Maîtrise In Modern Languages in La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III. She received her Doctorate in Modern Languages from Middlebury College, specializing in French and Spanish.
She has directed several proposals and research projects and has been the editor of conference proceedings' publications.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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FREN 3306 - Topics in French Language
Journey in Writing
This French composition course features a creative approach to process writing. Students, individually or in small groups, select from descriptive documents to construct paragraphs leading to a story with embedded grammatical, rhetorical, and stylistic constraints. User-friendly instructive tools intended to stimulate creativity and facilitate language accuracy are readily available on the instructor's website, where students have access to a panoply of descriptive and narrative excerpts featuring various genres, moods, and registers. They also find pedagogically relevant reference works such as lexical and semantic webs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, grammatical descriptions, literary, historical and Francophone civilizations links. This carefully orchestrated course is a natural environment for 'scaffolding' and 'noticing' the gap between the language they experience from the various sources of input and their own output. It also aims at targeting 'avoidance' and 'overuse' strategies that often immobilize learners' language development and creativity.
Le Petit Robert Micro, ISBN-10: 2321002131
Une fois pour toutes C2009 Student Edition (softcover), ISBN-10: 013361123X
Une fois pour toutes C2009 Student Answer Key, ISBN-10: 0133611213
FREN 3308 - Intro Francophone World
Introduction to the Francophone World
The course provides an introduction to Francophone culture and literature, while strengthening students’ knowledge of French grammar and improving their writing skills. Given that it would be impossible to study all the countries that have been under French influence, we have made a preliminary selection of countries in order to have an overview of the situation. Key words will guide our journey through the Francophone world: colonization, language, identity, colonialism, intercultural relations. The relation between the Francophone countries and France today is the result of a historical process that marked the French as well as the indigenous people. It is therefore necessary to study certain aspects of the history to better understand and grasp the concept "Francophonie", a term that is difficult to define, ambiguous, complex but rich in meanings. The study of literary works, films and other documents will help student to better understand the differences and similarities that exist in the Francophone world. Finally, students will be able to assess the role played by the French language in the quest for national and personal identity. This class will demand a lot of reading and there will be group discussions daily. The student must come to the class prepared in order to be able to participate actively in the group discussions.
Priority will be given to two main skills, reading comprehension and writing.
Aimé CÉSAIRE, Une tempête, ISBN 978-2-02-031431-2
Mariama BÂ, Une si longue lettre. ISBN : 978-2842612894
Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools