French

Welcome & Bienvenue!

Want to register for a French class, declare the French Major or Certificate, plan for Study Abroad in a French-speaking country, contact a French Professor for advice, or learn about all things French at Williams? Click on the menu items to the right for detailed information!

First-Year Pre-Registration for French Courses (Summer 2022)

If you have ever taken French before (in primary, middle, or secondary school, a college or summer program, or any formal class), you must take the French Placement Test, so that we can determine which level of French is best for you, here at Williams. For complete details on the French Placement Test, see the French Placement Test webpage or read below.

Since you may not have the results of your French Placement Test by First-Year Pre-Registration (August 8-12, 2022) or Fall Registration Period (August 22-26, 2022), simply register for the course that you think might be best suited to your experience and skill level, and then adjust your placement during the Add/Drop Period (September 6-16) during the first week of class.

French Placement Test (Summer 2022)

If you have ever taken French before (in primary, middle, or secondary school, a college or summer program, or any formal class), you must take the French Placement Test, so that we can determine which level of French is best for you, here at Williams. For complete details on the French Placement Test, see the French Placement Test webpage. But to summarize: 

• The deadline to complete the French Placement Form and thus sign up for the French Placement Test is: August 10, 2022, at 12PM (Noon) EST. If you missed this deadline, email the French Faculty.

• The dates for taking the French Placement Test online are: August 12-18, 2022. While it only takes 1 hour to take the test, you will have that window of time to complete the test online, by latest August 18, 2022, at 9PM (EST). Again, If you missed this deadline, email the French Faculty.

Again, to sign up for the test, you must first fill out the French Placement Form, which will help us start assessing your level of French. Once we receive your completed form, we will register you for the Williams Online French Placement Test, and you will then receive an email from the testing site with instructions on taking the test. If you cannot connect to this link for the French Placement Form, cut & paste the following URL into your web browser: https://forms.gle/vzDABDLjUiVEmWjQ7.

Sign-Up for our Email List

In order to get invitations and announcements for French Program and French Club activities, you must first sign up for the French Special Interest Group on Glow. Simply click here and add yourself to our email list. Once your name and email is added to this list, you will receive email invitations for French activities on campus. For more on the French Club’s cultural activities, click here or the menu to the right.

Introduction: French at Williams

Bienvenue & Welcome! The Williams French Program offers a diverse range of courses in French language and Francophone literature, film, and culture. Whether you want to improve your French language skills, prepare for study abroad in France or Morocco, or learn more about the Francophone literary and cinematic tradition, we encourage you to explore our courses and activities.

Taught entirely in French, our language courses accommodate all levels, from beginning to intermediate and advanced, and incorporate lively communicative approaches and technologies to help you improve your speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Taught by specialists in their field, our literature courses explore the riches of French and Francophone fiction—as well as cinema, art, politics, and culture—from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Revolution to the Nineteenth,  Twentieth, and Twenty-First Centuries, from Europe and North America, to Africa and the Caribbean. In addition to courses offered at Williams, we encourage students to study abroad with programs in France, Switzerland, Morocco, Sénégal, Martinique, Québec, and other Francophone countries.

The French Program regularly sponsors film festivals, invited speakers, political debates, and discussion tables. Each year, we host two Teaching Associates from France who take active teaching roles in our courses, offer individual help with pronunciation and writing, and organize extracurricular activities in French as heads of our French Club, including cooking lessons, group dinners, film and media discussions, political debates, radio shows, game nights, and karaoke…tout en français!  

Whether you are exploring French for the first time, plan to Major in French, or want to complete a French Certificate (Minor), we invite you to explore our courses, meet our faculty, and take part in our activities. Bienvenue!