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 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading,
and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations and a comprehensive workbook. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will
be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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FREN 3202 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading,
and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations and a comprehensive workbook. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will
be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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FREN 3203 - Beginning French II      

Level 1.5 is intended for students with minimal previous experience with the French language. The course emphasizes communicative proficiency, with special attention to the development of oral and listening skills, self-expression, and cultural insights.

Classroom activities are varied and interactive and are focused on acquiring all four language competencies (listening, speaking, reading,
and writing) simultaneously-always in the context of a cultural narrative. Each lesson begins with a rapid flow of authentic French presented in realistic, everyday circumstances, supported by video presentations and a comprehensive workbook. Free-form classroom interactions are balanced with structured grammar and vocabulary drills. By the end of this seven-week immersion program, students will
be able to easily navigate a variety of real-world situations.

Required Texts:
1) Maia Grégoire, Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau débutant), Paris, CLE international- 2004.ISBN-10: 209033858X; 2) Guy Capelle, Noëlle Guidon, Reflets ( méthode de français 1), Paris, Hachette, 1999.ISBN-10: 2011551161 LNG

Summer 2014 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 French School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5526
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
French School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Sheila Schwaneflugel, Coordinator
sschwaneflugel@middlebury.edu