Teaching French in College: First Year

Fall 2023
Class No: 32129
4226 Dwinelle Hall
Vesna Rodic
12:00 PM - 1:59 PM

This course (1) provides participants with an understanding of basic principles of first- and second-language acquisition and the theoretical underpinnings of commonly used language teaching methods, and (2) offers in-service training in teaching, in creating and adapting instructional materials, and in designing tests for use in the Lower Division Program in French. The two-hour weekly meetings consist of a one-hour lecture/discussion and a one-hour practicum.  GSIs are also required to attend a pilot class on select dates and as indicated on the lesson plans. Enrollment in this course is required for GSIs in their first semester of teaching in the French Department. The course is also open to GSIs teaching other foreign languages and whose departments do not offer a pedagogy program, as it qualifies for the GSI Teaching and Resource Center's Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Required Texts:

  • Lightbown, P. and Spada, N. How Languages Are Learned, 4th edition. Oxford University Press.
  • Additional select readings (to be found on BCourses)