Middlebury Language Schools

Lourdes Suarez-Valle


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.



Course List: 

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FREN 3306 - Topics in French Language      

This French composition course features a creative approach to process writing. Learners, individually or in groups of two (three maximum) construct a story or write individual stories 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. There, learners 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, and literary, historical and Francophone civilization 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.

No textbook required.

Summer 2011

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FREN 3308 - Intro Francophone World      

In this course, students will be introduced to the history, literature and culture of several francophone countries. Texts (excerpts of novels, poetry, plays) and other documents (comic books, articles, songs, films and documentaries) from Quebec, North and West Africa, the West Indies and Europe will be used to study the social and geopolitical situation of these regions and their artistic esthetic. Topics like exile, colonialism, neocolonialism, postcolinialism, ""négritude"", ""créolité"", women's rights, identity, tradition and language will be explored through the study and analisis of texts by Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi, Léopold Sedar Senghor, Léon G. Damas, Maryse Condé, Suzanne Dracius, Birago Diop, Kama-Sywor Kamanda, Roch Carrier, Mariama Bâ among others. Excerpts from a comic book by Marguerite Abouet, and documentaries will also be included. Students will continue to perfect their reading and writing skills individually through short compositions and in group through document analysis. A great emphasis will be given to reading comprehension and developping writing skills. Students will practice their oral competence in class. An individual oral presentation and a final paper on one aspect of francophone culture will be required.

Required Text:
1) Césaire, Aimé, Une tempête ;ISBN:978-2-02-031431-2; Editions du Seuil, 1969
2) Mariama Bâ, Une si longue lettre; ISBN:978-2842612894, Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Sénégal (NEAS), Serpent à Plumes

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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