Faculty Profile

Lucile Duperron

Associate Professor of French (2000; 2002)

Contact Information

duperron@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 111
717.245.1691

Bio

My training is in the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and my current research examines how second language learners experience writing in their academic discipline when they move from their domestic foreign language context to their new study abroad environment. More broadly, I seek to demystify the language learning experience in order to foster global competence at home and abroad.

Education

  • B.A., Université
  • Lumière-Lyon, 1988
  • M.A., 1991
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997
  • Ph.D., 2003

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

FREN 101 Elementary French
Complete first-year course. Intensive study of the fundamentals of French grammar, with special attention given to pronunciation and oral expression. Cultural readings in the context of language acquisition.

FREN 101 Elementary French
Complete first-year course. Intensive study of the fundamentals of French grammar, with special attention given to pronunciation and oral expression. Cultural readings in the context of language acquisition.

FREN 230 Comm in Fr & Francophone Cont
Intensive oral and written practice of French in the context of issues and themes such as a sense of place, the lessons of time, the social contract, and intellectual and artistic life. This course makes use of texts, films, multi media and interactive computer strategies in the development of conversational and writing skills. Intended as the gateway to the major or minor in French and Francophone Studies. Prerequisite: 201 or the equivalent.

Spring 2018

FREN 201 Intermediate French
Intensive second-year study of French, with attention to grammar review, conversation, reading in a cultural context and some writing. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

FREN 201 Intermediate French
Intensive second-year study of French, with attention to grammar review, conversation, reading in a cultural context and some writing. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

FREN 363 Intro to Sociolinguistics
Sociolinguistics investigates how language is used in society, and how historical, geographical, social and individual factors determine the nature of language use. This course will introduce you to some main issues, theories, and methods of sociolinguistic research with a focus on the French language and French-speaking social contexts. You will also gain basic field experience by means of assignments that involve the participation of French-speaking contributors on and off campus. In order to capture the manifold aspects of sociolinguistic variation in French, you will: • survey the history of the French language and how the French from Paris (Francien) became the official French language; • describe and analyze varieties of contemporary French such as spoken vs. written French; or standard French vs. marginal French; or French outside France; • examine how language accommodates and reflects social status (who speaks how, when, with whom?) or social changes (such as the making of new words and new communication practices in the face of technological development); • discuss issues related to language use and variation such as gender (Is women’s talk more accommodating or more emotional than men’s talk? How about language change and LBGTQ rights?); language legislation (Can the French government control language use?); and language use in multilingual contexts (Why and how do people switch between languages?).