I wish to apply for residence in the French House
How many years of pre-college French have you
What French courses have you taken in college?
What French courses will you be taking during
your semester of residency in the French House?
1. I am planning to participate in a study abroad
program in France or a French speaking country in
2. I have already applied and been accepted for
study abroad in France or a French speaking country in
3. I have participated in a study abroad program
in France or a French-speaking country in
I haven't gone abroad
My major (or prospective major) is:
I am presently a:
Please state briefly your reasons for wanting
to live in the French House, what you expect to gain from this
experience, what you expect to contribute
It is my understanding that the charge for a
room in the French House will be $100 more per semester than the
regular dormitory charge. Students are expected to cook once every 2 weeks and the cost of the meal should not exceed $20.00.
It is my understanding that 3 evenings a week (to be determined at the beginning of each semester), I agree to participate in
the dinner (including shopping, cooking, and clean-up) between
6:00 and 8:00 PM (exact times that fall between 6:00 and 8:00
will be finalized with all residents of the French House at the
beginning of the semester) and that I will determine my work/activities
schedule according to these dinners. First year students are not eligible to live in the French House.
I agree to make a conscientious effort to speak
French at all times while in the French House and to comply with
the other goals of the House as expressed in the Information Sheets
accompanying this application (please print and retain these Information
I will submit a letter of recommendation from
a professor in the French and Francophone Studies Department.
Please select a professor from the list provided and contact them
for a recommendation. Please send the letter of recommendation
to Theresa Klauer.
CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION
1. Criteria used in the selection of residents:
1) Completion of French 203 or its equivalent.
2) Motivation for living in the House.
3) Willingness to comply with the goals of the
French House as expressed in the information, LA MAISON FRANÇAISE.
4) Recommendation by at least one faculty
member of the French Department (to be requested by the
student). Students who have lived in the House previously must
have a positive recommendation from the native speakers of that
period of residence.
5) Participation in a Study Abroad Program in
France or Francophone country (going and/or returning).
6) Declaration of a Major, Core or Minor in French.
7) Enrollment in a French course during the semester
II. Factors considered for room choice (1 double,
1) Number of semesters in residence halls at
Macalester (following Office of Residential life priorities).
2) Academic classification.
III. Length of residency:
1) Because there are frequently more applicants
than spaces available in the House, students will be accepted
for one semester only and must reapply each semester.
2) A student who does not comply with the goals
of the French House as found in this Information Sheet can expect
not to be selected for another semester of residence and may even
be asked to leave the House during the semester. In either case,
this in no way affects the student's room contract with the college
(i.e. he/she will be placed in other college housing or must go
through the usual procedures, as stipulated by the Office of Residential
Life, to move off-campus.
Applications for residency in the French House
are screened by the Director of the French House and the resident
Native Speakers in consultation with the Chair of the French Department.
LA MAISON FRANÇAISE
WHY LIVE IN THE FRENCH HOUSE?
1. Living in the French House will give you an
opportunity to work on your spoken French. It will provide you
with an everyday spoken vocabulary and an opportunity to develop
2. You will become better acquainted with French
culture and with a world view which may be different from your
3. This living situation will provide an intensive
preparation for study in a French-speaking country or a helpful
reentry after study abroad.
It is a privilege to live in the French House
and its residents must be willing to endorse its goals. They must
speak French, participate in the evening meal which is at the
heart of the communal French-speaking experience, agree to live
cooperatively and respect the rights of the other residents, and
participate in the programs of the French House. Living in the
French House is not a matter of personal convenience to avoid
living in the dorms. Residents should also realize that the existence
of language houses at Macalester could be jeopardized by problems
in the functioning of any language house.
LIVING AGREEMENT FOR THE FRENCH HOUSE
1. Residents are expected to use French as the
language of communication in the house.
2. Four evening meals will be taken in common
each week. This will provide an opportunity for discussion in
French and for community building. Evening meals will be prepared
by the residents and the native speakers. Evening meals will take
place M, T, W, Th. from 6:00 to 8:00 PM (the exact time to be
3. Residents must be willing to cooperate in
household maintenance, etc. and must be thoughtful of others living
in the house with regard to cleanliness, etc. A cardinal rule
should be "always leave a clean space after you; count on
no one but yourself to perform your share of the work."
4. Residents should be willing to establish a
community and to respect others with regard to music, noise, etc.,
to be tolerant of human foibles, and enter into interactions of
good faith and goodwill.
5. Residents must be willing to take some responsibility
with relationship to programs at the house, should help the native
speakers plan them and should participate in them.
6. Residents should be willing to help the native
residents with their adjustment to the United States. They should
also help them understand the organization and functioning of
Macalester College, especially with relationship to the functioning
of the house.
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FRENCH DEPARTMENT
One of the faculty members of the French Department
is in charge of:
1. Selection of the residents for the house (in
cooperation with the native speakers and in consultation with
the department chair)
2. The furnishings and general upkeep of the
3. Liaison with the Residential Life Office
4. Consultation on cultural programs
The French Department seeks support of its academic
program through French House activities. These are of two kinds:
a) activities on a regular basis initiated by the native speakers
and the house residents and approved by the French Department
faculty liaison; b) activities initiated by the French Department
such as special conferences or lectures, receptions for students
returning from study abroad, a breakfast for graduating seniors
and their families, etc. In these cases, the French Department
will work cooperatively with the native speakers on arrangements
and give enough lead time (normally two weeks)
THE NATIVE RESIDENTS
The native residents fulfill the following roles
in the French House:
1. They ensure that French is spoken, that students
have an opportunity to learn about French culture and that the
house functions well.
2. They are the coordinators between the department
and the house. In case of major problems or conflicts, the department
should be notified immediately. When a difficult situation is
not attended to right away, it may quickly get out of hand.
3. They are the coordinators between the French House and the
Office of Residential Life.
4. The native residents are expected to present a written report
at the end of the school year.
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