Le Ciné-Club

The department's ciné-club screens three to four free movies per quarter, followed by a short discussion with refreshments. If you are interested, please sign up for our listserv by sending an e-mail to To view upcoming screenings visit PlanIt Purple and search ciné-club.

La Table française

Come and have lunch at the Table française, while also practicing your French language skills, meeting other French speakers, and getting to know your fellow students and professors in a casual setting. Every Monday at 12:00 p.m. in the International Studies Residential College (ISRC), Allison dining hall at 1820 Chicago Avenue. For information about the French Table lunches, contact Margaret Dempster.

Cercle Francophone

The cercle francophone is a student-organized club that meets on a regular basis to have an opportunity to speak French in a relaxed and fun setting. Activities include film screenings, preparing and enjoying French cuisine, guest speakers and outings to French cultural events in Chicago. For more information, please e-mail

Café Francophone

Members of the Cercle Francophone and the Student Advisory Board organize a regular conversation hour and other events several times during the year. This is an opportunity for students of all levels to get together and converse in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. For more information, please contact your SAB representative or member of the Cercle Francophone. To view upcoming events visit PlanIt Purple and search Café Francophone.

Tutoring Centers

Did you know that the Department of French and Italian provides free tutoring to students currently enrolled in 100-level French courses? The FIT Tutor Center, housed in Crowe 2-113, offers drop-in tutoring in all aspects of the French and Italian programs, including the opportunity to practice language skills with your peers. Tutors are available Monday through Friday. Please contact the FIT office at 847-491-5490, or refer to the Tutor Center door, for a complete schedule of availability.

The French Writing Center

The French department hosts a French Writing Center with Patricia Scarampi.

The mission of the center is to help students in French courses 210 and above (but excluding 301, 302, 303) to improve their overall writing ability, become more self-reliant writers and gain a better comprehension of French grammar and writing styles.

Here is how it will work:

Once you have prepared a first draft of your paper, you can sign up for a half-hour session (at least 24 hours in advance; no more than one session per week) using the doodle link here. You can also find the doodle link and more information on your French course Canvas site.

During the session the professor will help you with questions of structure, vocabulary and style--and grammar when necessary. Bring a paper copy of your essay along with the topics and the instructions given by your professor. You are encouraged to bring your own laptops. If your essay is longer than 3 pages, please identify the passages that you would like to work on and the language related questions you have. Please be aware that this is not a proof-reading service!Come to Crowe 2-117 for your appointment.

In Crowe 2-113 you will find grammar manuals and dictionaries available for consultation outside of your appointment hours.