International Club- French ClubOn January 11, 2020 by Carley Grace
The French Club can be pretty elusive unless you know where to look. Since they don’t send out emails to its members or communicate via Orgsync, the best way to figure out when events are taking place is through the Facebook group “French Club 2018-2019”. This year, club meetings were dedicated to one hour of conversational french. More advanced French students and those who have studied abroad in a french speaking country are naturally better conversationalists. Even with this being the case, conversation hour can be invaluable to the beginning and intermediate French students as well. This past semester, the beginning and intermediate French courses have revised the class and exam formats. In the past, beginning and intermediate French classes have been focused on grammatical concepts and the application of said concepts in writing french and the memorization of French vocabulary. Exams were dependant on the ability to recall grammar and vocab with a brief listening section and two oral exams. This past semester, exams were more practical. The exam was divided into three parts; listening, reading comprehension, and oral. The exam forced students to comprehend French concepts rather than just memorize them. In that sense, a conversion hour forces lower-level French students to confront the two more difficult aspects of learning the language in a safe setting with more advanced students who are able to offer advice and corrections.