Présentation de l'éditeur
After losing her high tech job in Paris, an American trains to become an English teacher in France's public schools. But her Arizona English fails to impress. Even Shakespeare's English falls short. Only one English will do: Sorbonne English! A comic exploration into a serious question: why DO French schoolchildren rank last for English skills in Europe?
THE PARIS TIMES – "Funny and ferocious, Sorbonne Confidential offers new insights into the challenges of integration and education in France."
EDUCATION REVIEW – “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."
THE TIMES - "Laurel Zuckerman has split the academic world with a book that relates her experience at the heart of the archaic French teacher-training system."
THE GUARDIAN – "[Zuckerman’s] account of her experience in France's teacher training system has… sparked a furious debate over the country's uneasy approach to English."
LE MONDE DE l’EDUCATION - "The candidate imagines that being a native English speaker constitutes an advantage. She learns rather that it is a handicap. Her tribulations are the pretext for exploring with humour... why French students rank last in Europe for English."
LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR – "savoury and highly instructive"
LE POINT – "Her tragi-comic story explains how France produces the worst English teachers in the world"
L’EXPRESS - "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."
"A hilarious, hair-raising insider's look at the esoteric world of French Education." -- Harriet Welty Rochefort --author of French Toast.