Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
French Advisement for Fall 2016



Student Activities

Learn about the French Student Activities and opportunities including Le Cercle Français/French Coffee Hour (French Club), Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society), and Le Petit Journal Français.

Study Abroad

Learn about opportunities to Study Abroad in France and Canada.


Students who wish to be considered for one of these scholarships must fill out the FAFSA by March 1 for the following Academic Year

Petrossian-Tarrant Scholarship for summer study in Grenoble

Scholarship for French Study Abroad for a semester or academic year

Teach English in a French-Speaking Country

For information for teaching English in France or in a French-speaking country, visit the French Embassy French Culture webpage.

Teaching English in France Survival Guide.

Enrollment Information

This is the advisement sheet for Spring 2017 classes.

Learn about the requirements for a French Major, French Minor, or a Masters Degree in French.

Online Placement Tests

Interested in enrolling in a French class? Take the online placement test to learn which level to start with.

Prospective Students

Are you a high school, community college or ISU student considering a French major at ISU? Have a look at this brochure for more detailed information about the French section and its programs.

Why Study French?

Visit Richard Shryock's website for information about why French is the most practical foreign language.

Le Petit Journal FranÇais

Volume 2, issue 1

Volume 1 issue 1



French Section News, Fall 2015

The French Section is proud to offer various opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge of French language and Francophone cultures outside the classroom. We are therefore excited to announce the film series. In lieu of screenings, students are invited to watch films on their own for extra credit. This semester’s films are L’auberge espagnole, Grand comme le baobab, and Les triplettes de Belleville. M.A. candidate, Sean Curtin also runs a weekly conversation table (every Tuesday starting at 5:30 pm) at the Coffee House in Uptown Normal.

The French Section is pleased to welcome two new graduate teaching assistants, John Heskin and Lorenzo Schiavetta, as well as one instructor, Sandra Keller. Sandra is currently finishing her Ph.D. in French Linguistics at the University of South Carolina.

Always looking to expand our curriculum, we are happy to announce that “French for Business and the Professions” will be offered for the first time this spring. FRE 236 is a conversation course with emphasis on learning how business is conducted in French. Successful students will acquire greater fluency, mastery of business vocabulary, knowledge of fundamental work-related cultural differences, and familiarity with basic practices for doing business in France and other Francophone countries. In addition, students now have the option of completing a study abroad/service learning program in Morocco. This new five-week summer program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the French program. Participants will study Moroccan history, language, and culture through courses taught in French by ISU faculty and guided tours of major cities and regions. Students will explore Casablanca, Meknes, Fez, Volubilis, Assilah, Tangier, Rabat, Ifrane, Merzouga and Marrakech. Students have the potential to earn 8 credit hours. Most importantly, students will volunteer several hours per week at a host organization, increasing foreign language proficiency and gaining valuable international experience. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2016. Please contact Dr. Howell ( for more information.

French Artists Remember Colleagues Slain In Charlie Hebdo Attack

The terrorist killings at the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo aroused France and prompted an outpouring of sympathy here in the U.S. Franco Vietnamese cartoonist Clement Baloup and French Art historian Justin Wadlow had worked extensively with several of the victims in the extremist killings. Wadlow and Baloup recently came to ISU as part of the Presidential Speaker series. They talked about the importance of political cartooning and Baloup recalled their fallen colleagues in this conversation with GLT’s Charlie Schlenker. Go to