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Sarah Jourdain


PhD, Indiana University, 1996

Department Chair
Associate Professor with tenure
Director, Foreign Language Teacher Preparation; Director, Language Learning Research Center

Office: 2128 Humanities Building

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  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

    Foreign Language Pedagogy

    Second Language Acquisition

    French Linguistics  

  • Grants


    • UISFL (Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages) Grant, 2014-2016
      • Department of Education funding (Grant #: P016A140005: $175,464) for “Developing and Strengthening Advanced Level Language Study” at Stony Brook University
    • StarTalk Grant, 2015
      • This grant, $86,000, allowed Stony Brook University to offer four less-commonly-taught, critical needs languages, Arabic, Persian, Turkish & Korean, beginning level (intensive, 6 credit, summer 2015) and intermediate level (2015-2016). It also funded 16 full tuition scholarships for these summer courses.
    • IITG (Innovative Instructional Technology Grant), SUNY, 2014-2015
      • State University of New York (SUNY) funding ($20,000) for “Building Innovative Open Korean and Japanese Courses,” 2014-2015
    • StarTalk Grant, 2014
      • This grant, $86,000, allowed Stony Brook University to offer three less-commonly-taught, critical needs languages, Arabic, Persian & Turkish, beginning level (intensive, 6 credit, summer 2014) and intermediate level (2014-2015). It also funded 15 full tuition scholarships for these summer courses.
    • SUNY-CRUE Language Teacher Training Partnership Grant, 2010-2013.
      • This grant established Stony Brook as one of four SUNY campuses to coordinate exchanges of teacher candidates between New York State and Spain. Ten Stony Brook students received year-long full scholarships (airfare, room, board, tuition), paid through the Santander Bank Foundation, to Spanish universities. The value of each scholarship was approximately $20,000.
  • Awards


    • Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, 2010.
    • “Knight in the Order of Academic Palms”; This award is presented by the French Government for contributions to the expansion of French language and culture.
  • Publications

    Publications (Selection)

    1. Books

    • Valdman, A., Pons, C., Scullen, M.E. & Jourdain, S. 2002.  Chez Nous: Branché sur le monde francophone , 2 nd Ed.   NJ: Prentice Hall. (1 st year college French textbook)

    2. Articles (selected)

    • Jourdain, S. (to appear, 2015, Vol. 90(1)). New French Fairy Tales for Developing Literacy and Cultural Awareness. The French Review.
    • Chen, Julian & Jourdain, Sarah. 2015. Implementing STARTALK-endorsed Principles in an Intensive Summer LCTL Program: Challenges and Implications. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 17: 103-132.
    • Gascoigne, C., Jourdain, S. & Wong, W. 2010. Reflections on Grammar Instruction in the Preparation of TAs and Part-time Instructors. NECTFL Review, 65: 8-21.
    • Jourdain, S. 2009.  Action Research in the Constructivist Model for Language Teacher Education.  In. M. Anderson & A. Lazaraton (Eds.), Bridging Contexts, Making Connections, Selected Papers from the Fifth International Conference on Language Teacher Education (pp. 43-59). Minneapolis, MN: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), CARLA Working Papers Series.
    • Jourdain, S. & Sanou, P. 2009. Integrating Action Research into Pre-Service Coursework. The NCLRC Language Resource Newsletter, March13(2): 2, and on-line at:
    • Jourdain, S. 2006.  Developing Pen pal / Key pal Partnerships.  New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) Language Association Journal, 57(3):  15-18.
    • Jourdain, S. 2006. La Route de la Soie.  Le Français dans le Monde , N o 345 : 80-81.
    • Jourdain, S. & Scullen, M.E.  2002.  A Pedagogical Norm for Circumlocution in French. In S. Gass, K. Bardovi-Harlig, S. Magnan & J. Walz (Eds.), Pedagogical Norms for Second and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (pp. 221-239). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    • Jourdain, Sarah.  2000.  A Native-Like Ability to Circumlocute.  The Modern Language Journal, 84(ii): 185-195.
    • Scullen, Mary Ellen & Jourdain, Sarah.  2000.  The Effect of Explicit Training on Successful Circumlocution: A Classroom Study.  In James Lee and Albert Valdman (Eds.), Form and Meaning: Multiple Perspectives (pp. 231-53).  Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle.
    • Jourdain, Sarah.  1998.  Building Connections to Culture: A Student-Centered Approach. Foreign Language Annals, 31(3): 439-450.
    • Jourdain, Sarah & Schuler, Marilyn.  1998.   Morte la bê te noire:  Two techniques for teaching the French /R/.  The French Review, 72(2): 216-228.

    3.  Ancillaries & websites

  • Courses

    Courses Taught at Stony Brook

    • Methods and Materials of Foreign Language Teaching (undergraduate and graduate levels), FLA 339 & FLA 505
    • Curriculum Development for Language Teaching (undergraduate and graduate levels), FLA 340 & FLA 506
    • Field Experience, FLA 449, 450, 549, 550
    • Foreign Language Acquisition Research (undergraduate and graduate levels)
    • Student Teaching Seminar (undergraduate and graduate), FLA 440 & FLA 540
    • Independent Teaching Projects (graduate level), FLA 581
    • Introductory French I & II, Intermediate French I & II, FRN 111, 112, 211, 212
    • Accelerated Intermediate French, FRN 201
    • French Conversation & French Composition (majors & minors), FRN 311 & FRN 312
    • Advanced French Stylistics (undergraduate and graduate levels), FRN 412 & FRN 507
    • Business French (undergraduate and graduate levels), FRN 410 & FRN 511
    • French Phonetics and Applied Linguistics (undergraduate and graduate levels), FRN 411 & FRN 510