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Community and Fellowship

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La Maison hosts Café-Conversation one evening a week and Le Cercle Français (the French Club) meets at the House twice a month. When special visitors come to campus, such as professors from Université François Rabelais in Tours, France, or speakers, such as the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, they attend receptions at La Maison and meet with our residents.

Café conversation, once a week:

Through conversations we have learned about:

  • American and French Stereotypes- a conversational discussion with French students about stereotypical views of the respective cultures.
  • French music- enjoyed French music while discussing it.
  • Fashion in France- French students were able to peruse fun fashion magazines from France and discuss in French with a small group of friends
  • French Comedians: Florence Foresti, Gad ElMaleh, Les Inconnus- we were entertained by videos of French comedians and our cultural director was able to explain the humor we Americans didn’t understand
  • Poetry: Joaquim Du Bellay- French students had the experience of playing Pendu (a French version of Hangman), which improved their vocabulary and pronunciation before reading aloud poems by Joaquim Du Bellay
  • Tongue-twisters in French- French students were able to broaden their knowledge and application of French through silly tongue-twisters
  • Loup-garou- Students were secretly assigned to roles of loup-garou (werewolf), la sorcière (the sorceress), le policier (the policeman), and les villageois (villagers) as we played out this French adaptation of the game known in America as Mafia. Attendees race against the clock to discover who is the loup-garou before villagers are eaten.

Twice a Month we enjoy a French Film Night:

We take Requests! These movies have made us laugh and cry.

  • Les Chansons d’Amour (Loves songs, 2007)
  • La Reine Margot (Queen Margot, 1994)
  • Dans Paris (In Paris, 2006)
  • Peau d’Ane (Donkey’s Skin, 1970)
  • Les Visiteurs (The Visiteurs, 1993)
  • Le Pacte des Loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf, 2001)
  • Jeux d’Enfants (Love me If You Dare, 2003)
  • Entre les Murs (The Class, 2008)

Monthly Themed Dinners:

Residents and guests enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared by the lovely ladies of the French House, and experienced the flavors of many francophone regions.

  • Gabon: Saka Saka, kebab, rice and fried plantain bananas
  • Quebec: Poutine, Meat Pie, Flan Chomeur
  • Grandma’s Christmas dinner: avocado-asperagus-eggs-surimi appetizers, turkey with chestnuts, Buches de Noel
  • French galettes (salted crepes with ham, cheese and egg)
  • Pot-au-Feu (stew)
  • Cheese tasting
  • Fondue!

Special events:

  • The Gallic Festival
  • Guest speakers from France or a Francophone country
  • Mardi Gras celebration
  • African dinner and activities with the Global Village

Pay it forward:

La Maison residents have the opportunity to participate as teachers in La Petite Ecole, a community school for elementary students. To Learn More, Click Here - http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/rocs/frenchstudies/page28578.html

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