French Events (On Campus)

Previous Events (2020-2021)

 

French Placement Test: August 11-18, 2021

We’re delighted you want to continue your French Studies at Williams, and we want to help you find a French course where you can grow and thrive! If you’ve ever studied French before (in a formal class, at any level, in primary, middle, or secondary school, college, or summer programs), you must take the French Placement Test, so we can determine which is the best course for you, here at Williams. You will not be admitted to a French course unless you have taken the French Placement Test.

• Deadline to Sign-Up for French Placement Test: August 11 (by 12PM EST)

• Dates for taking French Placement Test online: August 12-18 (by 9PM EST)

For complete information, read the detailed link on the French Placement Test.

French Placement Test: Important Dates (Summer 2021)

• Deadline to Sign-Up for French Placement Test: August 11 (by 12PM EST)

• Dates for taking French Placement Test online: August 12-18 (by 9PM EST)

Read on below, for details and directions on the French Placement Test!

First-Year Pre-Registration (June 21-25, 2021)

If you are an incoming first-year student and want to either begin or continue your French Studies here at Williams, welcome & bienvenue! We’re looking forward to meeting you and seeing you in our courses!

Students who have had any formal French study before (at any level, for any length of time, in middle school, high school, college or summer programs) must take the French Placement Test, so that we can determine which is the best level for you here at Williams. The French Placement Test will be administered online to incoming first-year students in August (between August 5-22) 2021. More information on the exact dates will be forthcoming later this summer from the French Program and the Dean’s Office. For more preliminary information, see our detailed webpage on the French Placement Test.

So how do you choose a French class during First-Year Pre-Registration (June 21-25)? Look at the course descriptions of our French courses in the online Course Catalog and estimate which course might be best based on your previous French studies. But keep an open mind, so that you can adjust your enrollment during the Registration Period (August 23-27, 2021), in advance of the First Day of Classes (September 9, 2021).

Pre-Registration (May 12-19, 2021)

Welcome & Bienvenue! Want to Register for a French Class, Declare the French Major or Certificate, or Talk to a French Professor for Advice? Click on the menu items to the right for detailed info on how to do that!

For more information, come to our French Open House, on Wednesday, May 12, 7-8PM (EST) and speak to French faculty about courses, the major & certificate, and all things French at Williams! To get the Zoom link for this, you must first sign up for the French Special Interest Group on Glow (by no later than Wed, May 12, 6PM). Read below for more on how to do that: it’s fast and easy!

FRENCH OPEN HOUSE: Wednesday, May 12, 7-8PM (EST) !

Join the French Faculty for Info on the French Major, French Certificate, & French Courses for Fall 2021! Again, to receive the Zoom invitation, you must first enroll in the French Special Interest Group on Glowby Wed, May 12, at 6PM. Read below for more on how to do that: it’s fast and easy!

Haiti, Beauty, and Justice in 2021:                                                                    A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat & Évelyne Trouillot

Organized & Moderated by Professor Régine Jean-Charles, who is Visiting Professor of French and W. Ford Schumann Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies.

Tueday, March 9th, 7PM to 8:30PM

For the Zoom link and to learn more about these writers and this amazing event, see:

https://events.williams.edu/event/haiti-beauty-and-justice-in-2021-a-conversation-with-edwidge-danticat-and-evelyne-trouillot/

FRENCH OPEN HOUSE: Friday, January 8, 12PM (EST) !

Join the French Faculty for Info on the French Major, French Certificate, & French Courses for Spring 2021! Again: To receive the Zoom invitation, you must first enroll in the French Special Interest Group on Glow, by Friday, January 8, at 10AM. Since Pre-Registration for Spring 2021 courses takes place January 11-18, we want to offer this French Open House on January 8 (just like last November 16) to help you with questions about French courses, as well as the French Majors and French Certificate (Minor). While we continue to face the challenges of the pandemic and await the possibility of future travel, this is the perfect time to devote another semester to perfecting your French skills and look ahead to study abroad or travel in the Francophone world in 2021-2022!

 

French Study Abroad Info Session: Monday, November 2, 6PM, on Zoom

Dreaming of study abroad in France, Morocco, Sénégal, Switzerland, Québec, or elsewhere in the Francophone world? Come to the FRENCH STUDY ABROAD INFO SESSION: Monday, November 2, at 6PM, on Zoom, for advice on how to plan, amid the pandemic and beyond.

Professor Brian Martin will offer essential advice on how to plan and apply for study in France and other Francophone countries, with ideas for contingency plans amid the pandemic. First-years, sophomores, and juniors especially welcome.

To receive the Zoom invitation, you must first enroll in the “French Special Interests List” on Glow, by latest on Monday, November 2, at 4PM (2 hours before the event).

In order to get invitations and announcements for all of our French Program and French Club activities, you must first sign up for the “French Special Interests List” on Glow. This is particularly true in 2020-21, when most of these activities will be remote and thus require a Zoom invitation, to protect everyone’s privacy and safety. Simply click on the following link and add yourself to the “French Special Interest” email list: https://glow.williams.edu/enroll/67RRX4You will then receive an email invitation and Zoom link to this and all other French events at Williams.

Updated Information: Summer 2020

As we continue to navigate the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to offer some guidelines for both the French Placement Test and French Advising.

For First-Year Students: here is more information on the French Placement Test and how to register for French Courses for Fall 2020.

For Juniors and Seniors: here is more information on how to speak with a French Advisor and declare the French Major or Certificate, as well as detailed information on the requirements for the French Major & Certificate, and modified policies amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For All Students: here is more information on our French Courses in 2020-21, and on the French Major & Certificate.

How to Choose French Courses during                                Pre-Registration (August 10-17, 2020)

The French Faculty has been working hard this summer to create a remote French Placement Test. However, it was not possible to launch the test and provide results to students before Pre-Registration (August 10-17). We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Since your results on the French Placement Test will not be ready before Pre-Registration (August 10-17), students should preliminarily pre-register for a French course they think may be appropriate, based on their previous studies and the descriptions in the Course Catalog. For example:

  • If you’ve never taken French: RLFR 101.
  • If you’ve studied 1-2 years of high-school French: perhaps RLFR 103.
  • If you’ve studied 3-4 years of high-school French: perhaps RLFR 105.
  • If you’re an advanced or native speaker: perhaps RLFR 207, 211, or 315.

Later, when you’ve taken the French Placement Test (by Thursday, Aug 20) and received your results (during the week of August 24-28), you will be able to change your course selection during Registration (Aug 24-30) or during the First Weeks of Classes (Sept 10-18), before the Drop/Add deadline (Sept 18).