Other Opportunities to Learn French on Campus
Along with our regular courses, the French Language Program provides BC students with other opportunities to make contact with the French language and the rich variety of cultures in the Francophone world.
During the semester we organize a French round-table (“Salon de thé”), which meets on a bi-weekly basis. This is a unique opportunity to practice and improve students’ oral skills in a relaxed and less formal environment with faculty and other students. Native and non-native speakers of French meet for an hour once every other week for the purpose of relaxing and enjoying engaging conversation. All BC students who speak French, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in a French Language Program course, are welcome!
The Language Lab serves as a center that provides for the learning and teaching needs of the many different language departments at Boston College. It boasts an extensive collection of textbooks, films, teaching materials, technological equipment, and multimedia language learning tools. The Laboratory, located in Lyons 313, is run by accommodating staff and is accessible throughout the week.
BC French students can individually also take advantage of the many opportunities facilitated by the Language Laboratory which includes a variety of resources for French learners:
- French language learning titles (including textbooks/workbook-lab manuals/audio and/or video programs)
- Documentary or feature-length films on DVD or VHS video
- French music recordings
- French language reference books (dictionaries, grammar texts)
One of the most efficient ways in which to learn a new language is complete immersion. This immersion is not only made possible through the variety of Boston College study/work abroad opportunities, but also through the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures sponsored program, La Maison Française.
The Maison Française is a special interest housing program in Vouté residence hall that offers all (but incoming freshman) students of moderate proficiency an opportunity to live in an only French-speaking environment meeting other students with similar passions and improving their language skills. Each year, the Graduate Fellow-in Residence, a native speaker of the target language, accepts applications and hosts interviews for future residents who express an invested interest in French and a desire to add to the community through the many programs offered to the Boston College community. In addition to housing around twenty students, the Maison Française offers events to all students on campus, especially students within the French Section, such as film screenings, lectures with guest speakers, discussions on current events, poetry reading, cooking classes, concerts, etc.