A continued foundation in language and culture for the strengthening of basic communicative skills and in preparation for the intermediate sequence. By the end of the term, students reach the Novice High proficiency level as described by national standards: they are able to communicate and exchange information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences, and handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.
Jessica Sertling Miller, a native of Strasbourg, France, joined the Department in 2006. She has a diverse background in language studies, with a Master's in English Linguistics (UniversitÚ Marc-Bloch, 2001), a Master's in French Literature (St. Louis University, 2001), and a Ph.D. in French Linguistics (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007). Her doctoral work focused on Swiss French intonation. Her current research involves classroom investigations on pronunciation and oral proficiency pedagogy. She recently co-authored a textbook on French pronunciation titled "Sons et Sens: la prononciation du franšais en contexte", to be published by Georgetown University Press in 2013.