French at Albion College
I’m Marie Chambon. I’m French and I’m from the Parisian region of Noisy-le-Roi, which is Albion’s sister-city. I became aware of Albion College through the sister city program. It is very active in my hometown. I came to do an internship last summer working for Albion's Chamber of Commerce. This year has been filled new adventures for me, and I’m glad to be the French Native Speaker Teaching Assistant. Each week I organize weekly cultural activities for students learning French. We play French games, watch popular French movies, learn and sing French songs using the karaoke, and do cooking competitions. I also organize language tables, or as we call them Goûters français, where we eat French food such as cheese and bread. I’m so happy to be at Albion, and I really enjoy helping students learn French.
To learn more about Marie or to get more information on the Native Speaker Teaching Assistant program, click click here.
Big Read Kickoff
French students in cooperation with the French Sister City Committee participated in the Big Read Kickoff. There was the Eiffel Tower in the parade, then lessons on making French magic wands, or "Baguettes magiques." In spite of the rain, wind and cold, the day was very amusant!!
Weekly Cultural Activities and Language Tables
French language students gather during Le goûter at Fiske. In France, le goûter is a time between lunch and dinner in which people enjoy a light snack. French students enjoy preparing and eating popular French snacks with our Native Speaker Teaching Assistant, Marie. Le goûter is one of many ways our students here at Albion College engage in better understanding the French language and culture.
Kids at Hope
Students in advanced French courses step outside of the classroom to teach kids in the community French.
First-Year Experiences with French
All entering students enroll in a First-Year Seminar as part of the College's core requirement for graduation. Small classes like these—with an emphasis on discussion, an opportunity for individualized student research projects, and the development of strong communication skills—serve as the foundation for your undergraduate experience.
To France and Back First-Year Experience Student Blogs
Read more about First-Year Experience seminars that have been offered by professors of French in the Modern Languages and Cultures Department.
The Nwagni Project
Albion’s Sister Cities
Get acquainted with Sister Cities Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly in France.
- News from Albion to Noisy le Roi & Bailly via Tumblir.
Students from Noisy le Roi and Bailly Visit Campus
Students from Albion’s Sister Cities, Noisy le Roi and Bailly, France arrived in town for the 6th Annual Albion College Piano Festival, October 31 – November 2, 2013. The festival is a competition hosted by the Music Department. Early beginners up to advanced players and piano duos can win cash prizes. But for the participants, the Festival is equally about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion Faculty and guest artists.
In between practicing and lessons, our young French guests spent a day visiting Dr. Dianne Guenin-Lelle’s and Dr. Emmanuel Yewah’s French classes. They shared what life is like for them in France, they ate in Lower Baldwin, played Bocce on the Campus Quad, and attended a Goûters at Fiske House, home of the international living and learning program.