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Activities

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 french-italian@northwestern.edu. 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. at 1835 Hinman Avenue dining hall, the ISRC section. 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 french-italian@northwestern.edu

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 is offering help to all students enrolled in non-language French classes (210 and above) by putting language resources at their disposal and offering individual consultations with the Writing Center staff. Grammar manuals and dictionaries are available on site for consultation. Students can also sign up online for a consultation with the Writing Center staff to discuss their essays.

The mission of the center is to help students improve their overall writing ability, become more self-sufficient writers, and gain a better comprehension of French grammar and writing styles.

The Writing Center staff will give you guidance in
- outlining and structuring your writing assignments
- identifying areas where errors in grammar and/or syntax obscure meaning
- identifying patterns of errors
- mastering specific grammar rules
- rewriting awkward sentences
- using resources such as dictionaries and grammar manuals effectively
- developing learning and studying strategies

The Writing Center staff will NOT:
* proofread papers
* help to research the paper
* contribute to the content of papers or other homework

Rules of the game:

- Sign up for a half-hour session (no more than one per week) using the doodle link below at least 24 hours in advance.

To access Doodle you need to copy and paste this link on your browser:

https://doodle.com/poll/fpf39gpkp9dixfam

- If you must cancel your appointment, please email the instructor, Katia Viot-Southard, at least 24 hours in advance. If you don’t cancel your appointment in advance, your session will count as if you used it.

- 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.

- Come to Crowe 2-171 for your appointment. 

Useful online resources

Le Grand Robert

Dictionnaire Larousse bilingue Anglais-Français

Dictionnaire de synonymes

Dictionnaire de collocations

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