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Through courses on language acquisition and pedagogy as well as language and culture courses, you will improve both your language proficiency and cultural understanding while becoming a better teacher. The Institute leads to a Master of Arts in French Language Teaching.

Overview:

In the Summer Language Institute for French Teachers (a banner program of the SOU Center for Language Studies), you will perfect your language skills and enhance cultural understanding while receiving the most current training on language pedagogy and methodology. You will expand your linguistic and professional skills and go home ready to apply your new knowledge directly to lessons and materials for your classroom.

The Institute is specifically designed to meet the needs of middle school, high school and community college French teachers. The program builds on the National Standards for Language Learning and incorporates recommendations for language teacher training developed by NCATE and ACTFL.

The Institute offers you the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in French Language Teaching over three summers. The program is also appropriate for teachers who are not seeking a master's degree but who need additional credits to retain or renew their certification. Space permitting, non-Masters candidates may attend individual sessions.

The SOU Center for Language Studies was developed after eight years of successful cooperation between Southern Oregon University and high school teachers through the Southern Oregon Foreign Language Articulation project (SOFLA). One of only eight projects selected nationally to participate in the Modern Language Association High School to College Articulation project, SOFLA has sponsored an average of 2-3 workshops a year for language teachers since 1998, bringing in nationally recognized language educators and creating links with ACTFL and other professional organizations.

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Master's Degree:

The Summer Institute for French Teachers offers you the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in French Language Teaching (a total of 45 credits) over three summers. You may earn up to 18 credits each summer. NOTE: The Oregon University System is on a "quarter credit" system. For those of you NOT pursuing an MA through the SLI, and are taking courses simply to meet licensing requirements, make sure your licensing agency will transfer the correct semester credits. 

Course Work includes:

Five 3-credit required core courses:

#1 FL 511, Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice
#2 FL 512, Teaching for Proficiency: Methods and Strategies
#3 FL 513, Foreign Language Assessment: Principles and Strategies
#4 FL 514, Action Research
#5 FL 515, Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom

Core courses may be taught in English. While we recommend you take core courses 1-3 in the above numbered order, they may be taken in any order. Action Research must be taken after core courses 1-3 and before your final summer. The Technology course is offered during the winter quarter (Jan-March) and may be taken any time.

A minimum of thirty credits of French Language and Culture courses:

Language and culture courses vary each summer. Each language or culture course has a companion course on pedagogical practices relative to the language or culture topic. All language and culture courses, as well as companion pedagogical courses, are taught in French. With advisor approval, topics courses may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. A sample of Language and Culture courses and their companion pedagogy courses include the following 

  • Communicative Grammar (3 credits) with Teaching Grammar in Context (2 credits)
  • French/Francophone Film (3 credits) with Teaching Language with Film (2 credits)
  • Topics in French/Francophone Culture (contemporary and historical) (3 credits) with Teaching Language through Culture (2 credits)
  • Contemporary French/FrancophoneTheater (3 credits) with Teaching Language through Theater (2 credits)
  • French/Francophone Music (3 credits) with Music in the Foreign Language classroom (2 credits)
  • Topics in French/Francophone Literature (3 credits) with Teaching Language through Literature (2 credits)
  • Topics in French/Francophone Art (3 credits) with Teaching Language through Art (2 credits)
  • Topics in French/Francophone Pronunciation (3 credits) with Teaching Correct Pronunciation (2 credits)

At least ten credits must come from French 516, which may be repeated for credit as topic changes.  Up to six graduate credits can be transferred from other accredited institutions.  

Masters candidates must take all but the conversation class during a three-week session. The conversation class is an additional option which may count toward three of your nine elective credits.  Note: students who are admitted at the intermediate high OPI level, will be required to take these normally optional conversation courses.  They must complete 5 credits of FR 507/510 and will need a total of 47 credits to graduate.

You may attend one or both of the three-week summer sessions. Masters candidates expecting to complete the program in three years must take both sessions at least two of the three summers. Space permitting, non-masters candidates may attend individual sessions.

During the school year prior to your final year in the program, if you are a masters candidate, you will conduct an action research project with your own students/at your own school. You will write a paper documenting the project and make a presentation about this action research project during your final summer. Based on feedback from your advisor, you may be expected to modify and resubmit the paper after your final summer. The action research project, presentation and paper take the place of a thesis project.

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2014 Courses

Core Courses Summer Session 1

1. FL 511 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits) - Dr. Heather Willis Allen - Syllabus

Provides students with an overview of the most current theories of second language acquisition and the teaching methodologies that result from these approaches. Students will detail differences between and similarities among the various models of second language acquisition as they learn how to identify and integrate them into the foreign language classroom.

2. FL 514 Action Research (3 credits) - Dr. Béatrice Dupuy  - Syllabus

Introduces students to research methodologies that pursue action (change) and research (understanding) concurrently. Students will learn how to do a systematic inquiry into the teaching/learning environment of a classroom with the goal of developing reflective teaching practices. This course is intended as preparation for an action research project that students will conduct over the course of the following year.

3. FR 503 Action Research: Presentation (1 credit) Dr. Béatrice Dupuy

Presentation of Action Research projects. This course is open to students presenting their final Action Research project. The course should be taken during the session when students present their project.


Electives Summer Session 1 (Students choose both a and b)

4a. FR 528 Les Régions de France à travers le cinéma (3 credits) - Dr. Daniel R. Morris - Syllabus

Une étude des différentes régions de France - leur langue, leur culture, leurs traditions - telles qu'on les voit dans le cinéma. Les films serviront de point de départ à nos discussions sur la variation entre les différentes régions. Des articles et d'autres sources augmenteront notre connaissance des particularités de chaque région et de la politique française de décentralisation.  

4b.  FR 516 Individual Differences in the Foreign Language Classroom: Maximizing Student Learning  (2 credits) - Dr. Heather Willis Allen

This course will examine a number of learner characteristics (e.g., anxiety, learning strategies, learning styles, motivation) and how they impact students’ language-learning success. In addition, we will explore various classroom practices intended to address individual differences and improve student learning. Course requirements include designing a project that addresses specific learner characteristics to be implemented in the participant’s classroom.

5a. FR 581 La Phonétique et la pronciation du français (3 credits) - Dr. Kate Paesani - Syllabus

Le but de ce cours est double : (1) améliorer votre prononciation et vos compétences langagières en français ; et (2) vous fournir les bases théoriques indispensables pour comprendre le fonctionnement des divers éléments qui contribuent à ces compétences. Notre travail aura donc deux facettes complémentaires : l’une plutôt empirique, axée sur la pratique ; l’autre plutôt théorique, axée sur la description et l’analyse phonétique et prosodique. Nous prendrons comme point de départ la prononciation du français standard, mais nous examinerons également certaines variétés du français parlé. La vie et l’œuvre de Serge Gainsbourg, grand joueur avec la langue, nous donneront l’occasion de développer ces deux facettes du cours : l’étude des textes oraux, écrits et visuels nous aideront à approfondir nos connaissances de la phonétique et de la prosodie (facette théorique) et à reconnaître les liens entre la prononciation et l’usage actuel de la langue française (facette empirique).

5b. FR 516 Teaching French Pronunciation (2 credits) Dr. Kate Paesani - Syllabus

Designed as a complement to FR 581 (La phonétique et la pronunciation du français), this course will address theoretical and practical aspects related to teaching French pronunciation. First, we will identify what to teach (e.g., native vs. approximate pronunciation, isolated vs. contextualized forms, problem areas for English speakers, varieties of spoken French), then we will explore how to teach pronunciation to engage students in different learning processes using a variety of pedagogical tools (e.g., music, film, idiomatic expressions, tongue twisters). Coursework will include analysis and creation of pedagogical materials to teach pronunciation.

6. FR 507 Pièges grammaticaux pour Anglophones  (1 credit, OPTIONAL) - Emilie Marolleau

This course focuses on typical grammatical difficulties of English speakers of French. The course will review complex French sentence structures and grammar that are commonly incorrectly used by English speakers. Focus is on building oral competency in using these structures correctly.

 Core Courses Summer Session 2 

1. FL 512 Teaching for Proficiency: Methods and Strategies (3 credits) - Dr. Sébastien Dubreil -  Syllabus

Explores how proficiency standards can be applied in the classroom in conjunction with state and local standards based on the national standards for foreign language education as established by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students learn how to integrate the five Cs of foreign language education: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities, with clearly defined proficiency standards for foreign language performance.

2. FL 513 Foreign Language Assessment: Principles and Strategies (3 credits) - Dr. Bonnie Adair-Hauck - Syllabus

Explores the many ways to assess foreign language proficiency. Compares traditional testing measures with more recent performance-based assessment methods and portfolio assessment models. Students study various assessment instruments and resources, as well as learning how to integrate assessment practices with foreign language standards.

3. FR 503 Action Research: Presentation (1 credit) Dr. Béatrice Dupuy

Presentation of Action Research projects. This course is open to students presenting their final Action Research project. The course should be taken during the session when students present their project.

Electives Summer Session 2 (Students choose both a and b)

4a. FR 528 La France et Ses Immigrés  (3 credits) - Dr. Marianne Golding  - Syllabus

This course examines the situation of North African immigrants and their children in contemporary France: their daily lives and difficulties they experience due to conflicts between their traditions at home and at school or in society in general. Texts, films and documentaries will serve as topics of discussion and compositions.

 

4b. FR 516 Teaching Culture (2 credits) - Dr. Sébastien Dubreil  - Syllabus

Designed as a companion to La France et ses immigrés, this course will explore the theoretical foundations and practical implementations of effective culture teaching in the language classroom at all levels of the curriculum. We will envision the teaching of culture as a process of inquiry that presupposes engaging one’s own culture as well as formulating and testing hypotheses about the foreign culture. We will also explore issues related to the assessment of culture learning.

 

5a. FR 526 Le Théâtre Français du XXe Siècle: Art Littéraire, Dramatique et Révolutionnaire(3 credits) - Dr. Thomas Armbrecht  - Syllabus

Ce cours est une approche ciblée qui permet de comprendre le développement du théâtre français du XXe siècle.  Le cours commencera avec une introduction au théâtre comme art littéraire et dramatique.  On apprendra à lire le théâtre pour comprendre les rapports du texte  et du spectacle.  On considérera ensuite les (r)évolutions théâtrales, langagières, et sociales provoquées par les pièces étudiées dans leurs contextes socio-historiques. Des extraits des textes théoriques et des films proposeront une vue plus large du développement du théâtre au cours du siècle. 

 

5b. FR 516 Le Théâtre comme outil pédagogique dans l'enseignement du français (2 credits) Dr. Anne Pauzat

Designed as a teaching praxis companion course to FR 526 Le Théâtre Français du XXe Siècle, this course addresses issues of how to use theatre (role plays, simulation, skits, short plays, etc.) as a means of teaching language.Coursework will include analysis and creation of pedagogical materials for using theatre to teach language.

6. FR 510 Advanced French Conversation  (1 credit, OPTIONAL) - Emilie Marolleau

Designed to improve French conversational skills by focusing on linguistic functions appropriate to student levels. Students will narrate and describe, state and support opinions, and hypothesize using current events and topics from contemporary French culture as the content of discussion. This course may be taken for repeat credit. Up to 3 credits may be applied to degree requirements.

 

Course Schedule Summer 2014

Most students eat lunch between 12:30 and 2:00, either near campus or they return home.

Plan to arrive the Saturday before the program starts to familiarize yourself with Angers before starting the program.
All students are required to attend the orientation session on the Sunday night before classes begin.
Our program is very intensive.  Evenings will be spent preparing class assignments.

 Session 1 June 23-July 12

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30-10:20 am

FL 511 Second Language Acquisition

FL 514 Action Research

FL 511 Second Language Acquisition

FL 514 Action Research

FL 511 Second Language Acquisition

FL 514 Action Research

FL 511 Second Language Acquisition

FL 514 Action Research

FL 511 Second Language Acquisition

FL 514 Action Research

10:30-12:20 pm

FR 528 Les Régions de France à travers le cinéma

FR 528 Les Régions de France à travers le cinéma

FR 528 Les Régions de France à travers le cinéma

FR 528 Les Régions de France à travers le cinéma

FR 528 Les Régions de France à travers le cinéma

2:00-3:50 pm

FR 581 La Phonétique et la prononciation du français

FR 581 La Phonétique et la prononciation du français

FR 581 La Phonétique et la prononciation du français

FR 581 La Phonétique et la prononciation du français

FR 581 La Phonétique et la prononciation du français

4:00-5:50

FR 516 Individual Differences in FL

FR 516 Teaching French Pronunciation

4:00-5:40

FR 507 – Pièges Grammaticales

FR 516 Individual Differences in FL

FR 516 Teaching French Pronunciation

4:00-5:40

FR 507 – Pièges Grammaticales

FR 516 Individual Differences in FL

FR 516 Teaching French Pronunciation

 

Session 2 July 14-August 1

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30-10:20 am

FL 512 Teaching for Proficiency

FL 513

Foreign Language Assessment

FL 512 Teaching for Proficiency

FL 513

Foreign Language Assessment

FL 512 Teaching for Proficiency

FL 513

Foreign Language Assessment

FL 512 Teaching for Proficiency

FL 513

Foreign Language Assessment

FL 512 Teaching for Proficiency

FL 513

Foreign Language Assessment

10:30-12:20 am

FR 528  La France et ses immigrés

FR 528  La France et ses immigrés

FR 528  La France et ses immigrés

FR 528  La France et ses immigrés

FR 528  La France et ses immigrés

2:00-3:50 pm

FR 526 Le Théâtre du XXe siècle

FR 526 Le Théâtre du XXe siècle

FR 526 Le Théâtre du XXe siècle

FR 526 Le Théâtre du XXe siècle

FR 526 Le Théâtre du XXe siècle

4:00-5:50 pm

FR 516 Teaching Culture

FR 516 Le Théâtre comme outil pédagogique

4:00-5:40

FR 510 Advanced French Conversation

FR 516 Teaching Culture

FR 516 Le Théâtre comme outil pédagogique

4:00-5:40

FR 510 Advanced French Conversation

FR 516 Teaching Culture

FR 516 Le Théâtre comme outil pédagogique