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Sorbonne Confidential Paperback – February 1, 2009

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Laurel Zuckerman has split the academic world with a book that relates her experience at the heart of the archaic French teacher-training system. Her account reveals the extraordinarily arcane and arguably irrelevant questions asked of would-be English teachers. And it highlights the ambivalence of the country s approach to English, which is seen, at best, as a necessary evil. --The Times

Absurd, ill-adapted, discriminatory. And dramatically funny…The French university system seen through the half naïve, half incredulous eyes of an American. The reader laughs a lot and concludes that reform is urgent --L'Express

Sorbonne Confidential... illustrates how objective measures can be far from objective a concept often difficult to see when looking only at one s own context. It illustrates how rigor by itself can distract, exclude, and alienate. By taking on an institution that began before the American Revolution, the book demonstrates how systems can develop around programs, allowing them to self-perpetuate without regard for their impact on schools and society. At some level, the book is also an argument for the power and importance of teacher education and of the need for systems that care more about creating good teachers than objectively assigning scores. --Education Review

About the Author

Laurel Zuckerman worked for 18 years in I.T. before turning to writing. Like her heroine, Alice Wunderland, Zuckerman is a Franco-American graduate of France's top business school, ex-city councilor and mother of bilingual children. Sorbonne Confidential is a thinly disguised account of her tragic-comic experiences at the Sorbonne in 2005. Originally published in French by Fayard in 2007 as a docu-fiction, it received enthusiastic reviews and generated considerable debate in France. Zuckerman s second book, Les Rêves Barbares du Professeur Collie, is slated to appear in French in 2009.

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  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Paperback : 300 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0615252893
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0615252896
  • Dimensions : 5.08 x 0.63 x 7.8 inches
  • Publisher : Summertime Publications Inc; First Edition in English (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading to understand why the French are crap at English
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