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Getting involved in the French department

In addition to being the subject in the classroom, exposure to French language and culture exists in other contexts, as well. The French department makes available opportunities for students to use French and to be exposed to francophone cultural experiences in a variety of contexts.

French chapel

French chapel meets on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall (unless otherwise noted). Students are encouraged to help out or to organize the chapels themselves. Dates for the spring semester 2014 are below.

Date Leader
February 12 Prof. Selles and Lucas da Silva
February 26 Claude-Marie Vos
March 12 Jonathan Crow
April 9 Prof. De Vries
April 23 Claude-Marie Vos
May 7 Prof. Vos-Camy

Professor Emerita Vos leading chapel


Pause Café

Pause Café is held from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. in "The Fish House" (lower level of Johnny's). Students take a break for French conversation with a French professor or French assistant and fellow students. Dates for spring semester 2014 are below.

Tuesday February 18   Thursday April 10  
Wednesday February 26   Monday April 14  
Thursday March 6   Tuesday April 22  
Monday March 10   Thursday May 1  
Tuesday March 18   Monday May 5  
Wednesday April 2   Tuesday May 13  

Conversation groups

Conversation groups are held on a weekly basis and are arranged in class.

The French connection

The French department’s newsletter for students, the French Connection, appears regularly throughout the school year and is available in the French department office.
To read the latest version online, click here.

The annual French Christmas party

Every year the French department organizes a Christmas party. This fall, the Christmas party will take place on Wednesday, December 3 2014 from 4-5 p.m. in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall. Please join us for bûche de Noël and singing.

French television

Calvin College subscribes to TV5, the international French-language television network. This channel is available on all televisions hooked up to the campus cable system on Channel 15. For program scheduling, see the TV5 website.

Senior Breakfast

Senior Breakfast will be held on May 23, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at Chérie Inn.

Film Festival

Check here for the announcement of future Film Festivals!


Upcoming Events

Pause Café
April 22
3:30 - 4 p.m.
Fish House

French Chapel
Wednesday, April 23
Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Meijer Gardens Visit
Tuesday, April 29
3:30 p.m.
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