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Eva Dessein

Visiting Assistant Professor of French

 work(802) 443-5000
 Fall 2021: Mondays 10:00-11:00 & by appointment
 Le Chateau 104

Eva Dessein has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French and Applied Linguistics from Vanderbilt University; a Licence and Maîtrise in American Literature from the University of Aix-Marseille (AMU); a Magistère in International and Intercultural Negotiations (AMU).

Her teaching interests include French language, representations of identities, provencal literature, phonetics and pronunciation, French for the professions.

Her research is on second language learning, language and identity, intercultural competency, language learning in immersion settings and instructional technology.

Prior to coming to Middlebury, she was the French Language Program Director at Vanderbilt University, and held teaching positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Williams College.  She also taught many summers at the Vanderbilt in France program in Aix-en-Provence.



Course List: 

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FREN 3401 - Advanced Grammar      

3401 Advanced Grammar
This course develops a thorough understanding of the mechanisms of the French language in order to improve students’ writing skills. Grammatical structures will be analyzed in three types of texts (narrative, descriptive and expressive).

Required text:
• Maïa GREGOIRE, Alina KOSTUCKI, Grammaire progressive du français (avec 600 exercices), B2/C2 Perfectionnement, CLE international, 2017,
ISBN : 978-209-038209-9

Summer 2019 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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FREN 0101 - Beginning French Part One      

Intensive Beginning French
For students who have not previously studied French, an introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French, providing the syntactic and semantic foundation of the French language in a concentrated program of grammar presentation, drills, laboratory work, and discussion. Primary emphasis will be placed on the student's active use of the language, and weekly attendance at the French language table will be required. This course does not fulfill the foreign language distribution requirement. Students are expected to continue with FREN 0102 in the winter term after successfully completing FREN 0101, and with FREN 0201in the spring. 6 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020

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FREN 0201 - Intermediate French I      

Intermediate French I
Emphasis on increased control and proficiency in the language through audiovisual, conversational, and drill methods. Readings and film enlarge the student's view of French life and culture. (FREN 0102 or by placement) 5 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2022

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FREN 0203 - Intermediate French II      

Intermediate French II
An active and intensive review of French grammar for students having had good beginning-level training in French. We will work not only to perfect mastery of the structures of the language with practice of writing and reading, but also to develop oral comprehension and production skills. (FREN 0103 or FREN 0105 or placement) 5 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2020

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FREN 0205 - Toward Liberated Expression      

Toward Liberated Expression
A course designed to increase and perfect the ability to express oneself in spoken and written French. Emphasis on precision, variety, and vocabulary acquisition. Sections limited to 15 students. (FREN 0201, 0203 or placement) This requirement for the major and the minor may be satisfied by placement at a higher level. 3 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021

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FREN 0209 - Self&Society Writing in French      

Self and Society: Effective Writing in French
In this course, students will deepen their knowledge of the French language and French-speaking cultures while developing their reading and writing skills through examination of a variety of texts and media. This course facilitates the transition from language-oriented courses (FREN 0205) to content-oriented courses (such as FREN 0220 and FREN 0230) by introducing students to strategies for interpretation and discussion, with a focus on effective writing. Course materials may include essays/articles, theater, fiction, poetry, videos, and films. (FREN 0205 or by placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. CW EUR LNG

Spring 2022

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FYSE 1555 - Francophone Comics and Culture      

Francophone Comics and Culture
When the cartoon The Adventures of Tintin appeared in 1929 in Belgium, French-language comics were uncommon. Today, Herge’s Tintin is famous throughout the world, and comic books and graphic novels are bestsellers. In this course we will examine the Francophone comic (la bande dessinée) as a unique narrative medium and cultural product. We will explore the position of the bande dessinée in francophone history and culture, with a particular focus on France, Belgium, Québec, and West Africa. We will examine how the bande dessinée provides a unique space for identity construction and cultural critique, involving national identity and mythology, gender and sexuality, and colonial and postcolonial discourse. No knowledge of French is required. 3 hrs. sem. CW EUR LIT

Fall 2019

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Department of French

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