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French Courses - Summer


The French Language Program offers teachers the opportunity to improve their skills, earn credit for professional development or continuing education, or qualify for a three-year MAT degree program. Teachers interested in joining the MAT program in French may apply after successful completion of two French courses in the World Languages Institute. The MAT program, which requires thirty credits of course work in French methodology, language, culture, or literature, is designed primarily for individuals already teaching French. These courses may be accepted for state certification. Details of the MAT program are available at the Department of French or its web site at


Additional Course Offerings: See Core Curriculum

HYBRID; 7/6 - 7/19; M-F, 1:30 PM-5:45 PM; AB-2200
ON-CAMPUS DATES: 7/6, 7/7, 7/11, 7/12, 7/14, 7/17
ONLINE DATES: 7/10, 7/13, 7/18, 7/19
France and the United States of America, two contemporary democracies, have long shared common ideals and have always been fascinated with one another. This has produced a unique inter-cultural relationship characterized by strong commitments but also, as we know, deep misunderstandings. In this course we will explore some of the burning debates at the core of the democratic experience of these two countries. Texts on tolerance, freedom, immigration and justice by authors as famous as Voltaire and Tocqueville, as well as cutting edge scholars like Noiriel, Garapon and Lacorne will serve as the basis of our in-class discussions. Authentic materials --among them, movies (Malle, Hazanavicius), literary excerpts (Céline, Gaudé), comics (Goscinny/Uderzo), photography (Avedon), paintings (Sargent) and music (Halliday!), etc -- will also help shed light on the French’s “American way,” and the American’s “French exception.” Online sessions will include Internet research and regular pedagogical hands-on activities that will lead to the design of a full-fledged module to be used in K-12 classes. Conducted in French.

HYBRID; 8/2 - 8/16; M-F, 1:30 PM-5:45 PM; AB-3450
ON-CAMPUS DATES: 8/2, 8/3, 8/7, 8/8, 8/10, 8/14, 8/15
ONLINE DATES: 8/4, 8/9, 8/11

This course will provide students preparing to teach French in the K-12 schools a working knowledge of second language acquisition as well as an overview of current approaches to language teaching and assessment. It will also serve in-service teachers who are seeking to update their knowledge of second-language acquisition and instruction for personal growth. Teaching methodologies and approaches, learning theories, assessment and classroom best practices will be explored. Development of teaching materials and application of national standards in the foreign language classroom. Experienced, new teachers, as well as those with no prior teacher training who are considering foreign language teaching as a profession are welcome.Conducted in French.

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