French House Application Form

I wish to apply for residence in the French House during semester

How many years of pre-college French have you had?
1 2 3 4

What French courses have you taken in college?

Course Instructor Grade

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

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 Sheets).

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.

 

(Signature)

(Date)

Campus address

Phone:

Cell Phone:

Macalester E-mail:

Other E-mail:

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 of residence.

II. Factors considered for room choice (1 double, 2 singles):

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.

IV. Screening:

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 fluency.

2. You will become better acquainted with French culture and with a world view which may be different from your own.

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 decided).

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 French House

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.