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News & Events

Congratulations to David Ball, Professor Emeritus!

The 28th French-American Foundation Translation Prize for 2015 was awarded to David Ball for his translation of Diary of the Dark Years 1940-1944 (non-fiction.) The prize is supported by the Florence Gould Foundation. For more information on this year's prizes, click here. To learn more about the book, click here.


French Placement Test

The Department of French Studies offers an online placement examination to test students' proficiency in understanding spoken French as well as in reading and writing. The online placement examination is accessible on Moodle until August 30, 2015.

Students who have taken at least one year of French but who have not taken the ETS French Achievement or Advanced Placement tests should take this exam. Students who have taken the ETS Achievement and/or Advanced Placement tests will find among the materials provided to their advisers recommended placement in language or literature courses based on their scores. EVEN IF YOU HAVE TAKEN THESE TESTS, WE ENCOURAGE ALL STUDENTS TO TAKE OUR PLACEMENT TEST, AS IT WILL HELP THE DEPARTMENT TO ADVISE STUDENTS ABOUT COURSE SELECTION. Click here for detailed instructions.


Congratulations, TAPIF Participants!

Again, as in past years, Smith students have a great record of being chosen for the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). We are proud to announce our 7 winners for 2015-2016:

Oriane Morriet's Scriptwriting Class Featured on Grécourt Gate

In Spring 2015, Oriane Morriet's class wrote a screenplay in French, translated it into English and produced a 15-minute short film. For more information on this ambitious, wide-ranging project, click here to visit the Grécourt Gate's article.


La Table française: Join us!

Every Monday, beginning 14 September 2015, noon-1:00 p.m. Duckett House Dining Room (Room A or B on alternating weeks) Non-board guests must sign the log in the room they're using. Smith students who are on the Board plan should swipe their cards at the check-in desk.

Foreign Language Fair

A world of opportunities: learning another language at Smith Thursday, September 3, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Chapin Lawn (Carroll Room-campus center for a rain location)


Learning a foreign language is the key to understanding a new culture! Come meet the language faculty and learn more about Smith's offerings in Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.



Thursday, 3 September, 10:30-11:30 AM

New Student Welcome Reception

Wednesday 2 September, 4:00-5:30 PM
Seelye Lawn (rain location, Campus Center)


We offer congratulations to four French majors who were awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2014-2015:

Nora Nadire '14
Germany: English Teaching Assistantship

"Pepper" Alexandra Neff '14
Turkey: English Teaching Assistantship

Maya Potter '14
India: Anthropology
"Documenting the Negotiated Use of Public Space by Women Street Vendors in Ahmedabad"

Lisa Saladin '13
Ireland: Language and Literature
"Fresh Feminine Voices: Transfiguring Irish-Language Poetry in the Postmodern Era"

Jacobson Center French Tutors

Yamanda K. Boumakh, Isabella Galdone, Yael Tsitohay, Naomi Jahan
By appointment:, ext. 3056

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