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JoAnn Hammadou-Sullivan

Professor of French

Office: 102 Swan Hall

Office Phone: 874-4712

Office Hours: M 10:00-11:00 AM 2:00-3:00 PM and W 2:00-3:00 PM


Fall 2013 Schedule

  • FRN 304.0001 MWF 9:00 AM Pastore 219
  • FRN 412.0002 W 4:00 PM Swan 209
  • LIN 497 TBA


JoAnn Hammadou Sullivan (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1988) is Professor of French at the University of Rhode Island. Also, she is currently Secondary Education Team Leader for URI’s School of Education. Dr. Hammadou earned her doctorate in Foreign Language Education. Her dissertation, The Effect of Analogy on Foreign Language Reading Comprehension of Advanced and Novice Readers of French, marked the beginning of her ongoing research interest in second language reading comprehension.

She has published numerous research studies including a recent study entitled “Advanced Foreign Language Readers’ Inferencing” that appeared in the first of an annual series on second language research that she initiated and for which she still serves as series editor (Research in Second Language Learning, Information Age Publishing).

Professor Hammadou also conducts research in the areas of teacher evaluation and assessment and portfolio development. Two recent research projects include a comparative study of secondary school administrators’ and department chairs’ understanding of foreign language teachers’ professional portfolios and a national survey and analysis of foreign language teacher candidates’ preparation for the national Oral Proficiency Interview assessment. She is also one of the authors of the innovative Online Methods Course for the American Council for the Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) funded by the US Department of Education. In 2005, Dr. Hammadou received the national Paul Pimsleur Award for Outstanding Research in Foreign Language Education from ACTFL.

She is currently one of the first foreign language representatives to the Board of Examiners of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the national organization that accredits Schools of Education. She is past president of the Rhode Island Foreign Language Association (RIFLA) and the Foreign Language Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Courses typically taught by Dr. Hammadou Sullivan:

EDC 430 Methods and Materials of Foreign Language Teaching
EDC 484 Foreign Language Student Teaching Seminar

FRN 204 French Composition 1
FRN 204 is a continuation of the coursework you have already taken in French in that it will continue to develop your skills in speaking, listening and reading French while stressing development of  your writing ability. Emphasis will be placed on reading (a novel plus texts from the popular press) as a basis for the writing you will do. There will also be some study of relevant grammar points.  The specific functional objectives of the course are:

  • learn to write "in paragraphs"
  • learn to narrate in past, present and future time
  • learn to express opinions

FRN 304 French Composition 2
This is an advanced writing course. Students will write regularly on a variety of different topics and using different writing genres (e.g., descriptions, stories, summaries, job resumes, advertising, etc.). The course focuses on the students’ ability to express themselves easily and accurately in a manner that will be easy for the native French speaker to understand. We will work on improving your grammatical accuracy and the extent of your vocabulary so that you can write smoothly, with less difficulty. We will also investigate cultural topics selected by the students so that your writing is culturally as well as grammatically accurate.

FRN 412 France in the 1960s
FRN 412, France in the 1960s, will examine the social and political upheaval in France during the volatile years of 1960-1969 through creative works from the period in literature, film, and music. The impact of these social and political upheavals is still evident today: the recognition of a "generation gap," war protests, music as a leader in social change, interest in revolution as a political tool, concerns over the growing influence of the US, etc.  The course is conducted entirely in French.
Short papers and presentations will be required.

Sample texts include the novel Elise ou la vraie vie by Claire Etcherelli, the autobiography Une mort très douce by Simone de Beauvoir, the short story "La noire de..." by Ousmane Sembène, the film Milou en mai by Louis Malle, the television documentary La guerre sans nom by Bertrand Tavernier, and songs and poetry by folk singer Georges Brassens and others.

FRN 474 African Literature in French
Authors of francophone Africa.
There is a vast literature that is the writings of francophone authors from developing countries. Large numbers of beautiful, provocative and enlightening pieces have been written in French by authors who are not French. We cannot even adequately sample this vast body of writing in one semester. It would be like studying all of the English language literature outside of Britain in just one semester. We will read a few examples from West Africa, from North Africa, and one beur example from France.
Sample text: Azouz Begag's Béni ou le paradis privé, and short stories by Assia Djebar.
Sample filmography: Merzak Allouache's Salut cousin and Storytelling with African Griots.