Charles Nunley

Professor of French

 Fall 2015: Mon&Wed 11:00-12:00; Thurs 10:30-12:00
 Le Chateau 115

William Poulin-Deltour

Associate Professor of French

 Spring 2015: Mon&Wed 2:00-4:00;Tues 11:00-12:15 and by appointment
 on leave fall/winter

Paula Schwartz

Lois B. Watson Professor of French

 Spring 2015: Tues&Thurs 3:00-4:30, CHT 112; Wed 3:00-5:00 RAJ B04 and by appointment
 Robert A. Jones '59 House B04

Brigitte Humbert

Associate Professor of French

 Fall 2015: Mon 1:45-3:15; Thurs 12:30-2:00
 Le Chateau 103

Placement in French Courses

Students interested in beginning French at Middlebury (FREN 0101) should consult with French faculty during orientation week or at Academic Forum.
All continuing students of French must take a placement exam. We strongly encourage you to do so before arriving on campus

Students will be directed to register for a course on the basis of their result on this test.

When to take the test

Incoming students:

As a general rule the online placement test is activated at the beginning of August for use by students matriculating in September, and again at the beginning of January for students matriculating in February.

Before new students can take any online placement exam they must activate their Middlebury user account.  If you have not already done so, please go to go/activate.

Continuing students:

The test will also be activated shortly before current students register for fall and spring semesters.

Any student who takes the exam and is placed in a course but does not register for it for the semester immediately following will need to ask the chair of the French Department for a prerequisite waiver if he or she decides to take the course in a later semester.

How to take the online test:

Once you have activated your Middlebury user account, open a Web browser and go to the following web page:

  1. If prompted, click on "Middlebury College Users," then log in with your Midd username and password.
  2. Click on "Yes" if prompted.
  3. Read the instructions thoroughly before clicking on the link that opens the test.
  4. Take the test. You have 75 minutes to complete it, but most students need approximately 45 minutes to do so.
  5. After completing the test, please plan to speak in person with the Department Chair before receiving your placement.

NOTE: The purpose of this exam is to assist in optimal placement at Middlebury, so do not use a dictionary or other materials to assist you. Once you begin a section you must complete it; you cannot return to a section of the exam after you have begun. You may take the exam only once, so be sure to plan on having enough uninterrupted time to complete it (normally under an hour, but the time limit is 75 minutes).

The French Department offers a wide range of courses in French and francophone language and literature, contemporary France, cinema, and more. All courses are taught entirely in French.

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Professors Paula Schwartz, Gayle Nunley(guest), Charles Nunley, Mireille Barbaud-McWilliams, Brigitte Humbert, Armelle Crouzieres-Ingenthron, William Poulin-Deltour, Charlotte Prieu(TA), and Julien Weber
 Students perform Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire  in  the Château theater.


The department sponsors concerts, plays, films, and lectures, open to the campus and the wider community. Students also have many other opportunities to use French outside class, including at the French tables and the Maison Française.     


Study abroad

Middlebury College has its own School in France, with sites in Paris, Poitiers, and Bordeaux as well as a school in Cameroon, Africa. A large number of students-by no means limited to French or International Studies majors-study in France, Cameroon or another francophone country every year. It is possible to begin French at Middlebury and study abroad in the junior year, sometimes in combination with a summer at the French School.

Le Château

Chateau Old

Le Château was built in 1929 as one of the first Maisons françaises in the country. It houses French Department courses, French faculty offices, and a theater for foreign language productions.

French Resources

Resources at Middlebury College


Francophone Vermont

There are many francophone activities in Vermont:

  • The Middlebury-area “Deuxième Samedi” French Conversation Group meets officially at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of every month all year through, currently convening at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café on Merchants Row.  All abilities and ages are welcome.  There is just one requirement: French language only!  If you feel shy, you are welcome to just come and listen at first, then join in when you feel comfortable.  Enjoy friendly, casual conversation over a bit of lunch or a fine beverage.  For more information, please e-mail
  • Channel 22 (cable) broadcasts RadioCanada from Montréal.
  • Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region is a local organization that celebrates the French history and culture of the region, by offering classes events and resources to its many members. 
  • Vergennes celebrates French Heritage day in July, with Franco-American music, French Canadian fiddling,  French response songs, step-dancing, clogging, re-enactors, French food, a fencing demonstration, the Bastille Day Waiter's Race, narrated English and French historical walking tours, and more.
  • Va-et-Vient, a local francophone music group, often performs in the area, including at the College. Other French-language music groups that have performed recently at Middlebury College include Le Vent du Nord, Les Cowboys fringants and Gadelle.
  • Chimney Point State Historic Site has a Museum of Native American and French Heritage.

Some historical facts:

  • Samuel de Champlain discovered Lake Champlain in 1609.
  • In 1666, Pierre de Saint-Paul, Sieur de la Motte established Fort Sainte-Anne, a settlement on Isle La Motte.
  • In 1755, the French constructed Fort Carillon on the Vermont/ New York border.
  • The city of Vergennes is named after the Comte de Vergennes, who negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
  • The nineteenth century saw a large influx of French Canadians, coming to work in Vermont factories and mills, and many of their descendants live in Vermont today.

For more information:

The French Settlement Of Vermont: 1609-1929
Regional Educational Technology Network