Expand your cultural horizons by immersing yourself in a French-speaking country!


Project Maine France

Looking to explore study abroad options? Read about Project Maine France, which allows students in the UMaine System to study in a French university. Once a student has applied and is accepted for study in France, the student pays full-time tuition and mandatory fees to his/her home institution before s/he departs. Students who study in France take courses in French language and culture as well as courses in their major field (based on their ability to take courses with regular French students with some linguistic support) and other fields of interest.


Summer Immersion Program in LeMans

Through Project Maine France


Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques

Scholarships and Events


Every year, the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques hosts a "Forum des Jeunes Ambassadeurs de la Francophonie," a 10-day immersion program with young people from all over the Americas. They join together with the goal of supporting the French language in their communities.  Please consider applying for this prestigious scholarship that will allow you to travel to Canada and participate!


Teaching Assistant Program

Are you looking to teach English abroad? Are you done with your studies and want to experience the world? The Teaching Assistant program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 to 9 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, nearly 1,500 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion.


French Language Courses | Literature and Culture Courses

Without language, one cannot hope to talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their history or savour their songs.
Nelson Mandela, 1995


French Language Courses

The goal of all French language courses is to develop your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in French in a low-stress, dynamic classroom. Lessons are conducted in French in order to immerse you in the language. One of the primary objectives of the course is to increase your awareness of the multicultural nature of the French-speaking world. For example, we typically watch a film in French, learn songs, and enjoy food from Francophone countries.

The goal of each lesson is to provide maximum contact with the French language and numerous opportunities to express yourself in French. Our textbook provides interactive peer activities, readings, and grammatical explanations (in English), as well as authentic cultural materials (photos, brochures, pictures, menus, etc.). A typical lesson will consist of comprehensible teacher presentations, question and answer interactions, and communicative activities, often done in pairs or in groups. Every effort is made to help create a close-knit classroom environment, where you will feel comfortable trying out new things in order to experience the language in a tangible, personal way.

FRE 101 Elementary French I
This course gets you hearing and speaking French from the first day! An introductory course with emphasis on development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. For students who have had no French or one year of high school French. 4 CR

FRE 102 Elementary French II
Continuation of FRE 101. Emphasis on development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: FRE 101 OR a minimum score of 70% on the French Placement Test OR permission of instructor. 4 CR

FRE 103 Conversational French for Everyone
This course is a favorite for a wide range of speakers, because it is a small time commitment and a lot of fun! We meet once a week for an hour. This informal, multilevel course seeks to connect UMA students with French speakers in the broader Augusta community. The syllabus is tailored to the interests, needs, and abilities of the class members: it doesn't matter if you are just putting two words together or if you are well on your way to learning French (or re-awakening your French)! Your language skills are reinforced while you learn more about Francophone culture. There are no tests or quizzes; it simply is a class for the joy of learning French. Authentic cultural materials, such as art, film, food, advertising, websites, travel guides and music are incorporated into the curriculum to highlight aspects of Francophone cultures. The content for this course changes each semester, and it can be taken more than once for credit. 1 CR

FRE 203 Intermediate French I
An intermediate course for further development of speaking fluency, listening comprehension, and reading and writing skills. Includes a review of grammatical structures, literary and cultural readings, and discussions in French. Prerequisite: FRE 102 OR 2 years of high school French. 4 CR

FRE 204 Intermediate French II
Continuation of FRE 203. An intermediate course for further development of speaking fluency, listening comprehension, and reading and writing skills. Includes a review of grammatical structures, literary and cultural readings, and discussions in French, with a focus on cinema. Prerequisite: FRE 102 OR 3 years of high school French. 4 CR

FRE 305 Intermediate French III
Continuation of FRE204. An intermediate course for further development of speaking fluency, listening comprehension, and reading and writing skills. Includes a review of grammatical structures, literary and cultural readings, and discussions in French. Prerequisite: FRE204 or POA. 4CR

FRE 306 Intermediate French IV
Continuation of FRE305. An intermediate course for further development of speaking fluency, listening comprehension, and reading and writing skills. Includes a review of grammatical structures, literary and cultural readings, films, and discussions in French. Prerequisite: FRE305 or POA. 4CR

Independent studies can be arranged for students who wish to undertake service-learning projects or for students who are preparing to teach French.

Literature and Culture Courses

HUM 350W Franco-Americans: Cultural Identity in Context
This course offers the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Franco-American New England from sociolinguistic, historical, and literary perspectives. Students will be encouraged to think about cultural identity in general, and to personalize the course by reflecting on their own background and identity. Prerequisite: ENG102 OR permission of instructor.

ENG 340 Francophone Literature
Students will explore the historical and aesthetic evolution of Francophone literature. In the past, we have read works from of North Africa (Algeria), the Caribbean (Guadeloupe and Martinique), and North America (Canada). The class will examine the socio-political framework of colonization and decolonization for each work as well a variety of literary traditions. The role of France and its relationship with the people and countries of the Francophone world will also be discussed. This course is taught in English. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or POI.



Parlez-vous français?

Venez tous!

French Conversation Table

at UMA (2014-2015)

Second Wednesday of the month

from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Dates this year in Jewett 185 (note new location):

October 8th

November 12th

December 10th

January 14th

February 11th

March 11th

April 8th

Community members invited!

All levels welcome

—especially beginners!

New: we will devote the first fifteen minutes of the table to beginners!

We will speak French and enjoy our time together!

For more information or to be put on the electronic mailing list for French-related events at UMA, please contact Chelsea Ray: chelsea.d.ray@maine.edu or call 621-3487


UMA French Club

| Next Meeting | Upcoming Activities | Photos | Videos |


French Club

Do you want to:
  • Connect with the broader community?
  • Learn about the importance of Franco-American culture in Maine?
  • Learn more about Francophone cultures around the world?
  • Have opportunities to learn or practice French?

You don't have to speak French to be part of the club!


Next Meeting


If you would like to find out more about the club, please attend our next meeting!  For additional information or for the next meeting date, please contact the faculty advisor at chelsea.d.ray@maine.edu or call 621-3487. 


Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 8th (2013) from 11:45-12:45 p.m. in Jewett 289, where we will elect officers for the year.  Please come and make your voice heard!  


Remember—you don’t need to speak French to be part of the club!

Come with your ideas and energy! If you are new to the club, come and check it out and see what we are all about!

Upcoming Activities


We hope to host a dinner with the Go Global Club this year.  Stay tuned!


French Club Photos

French ClubFrench ClubFrench ClubThe French Club recently visited the French immersion school in South Freeport,

l'École française du Maine. First, we observed all the classes, in which teachers from France immerse the children in the language, all the while following the same national curriculum that children in France learn. UMA French club members then read stories to the children in French. One group of students even practiced their numbers in French by telling the children what numbers to add and subtract in their math class! Professor Chelsea Ray made the children laugh with a puppet show. Everyone then sang songs with the children's chorale and had a delicious lunch. We had a wonderful day! Un grand merci to the founders of the school, Willy and Elizabeth LeBihan, for letting us experience "a day in the life of French school children"!



 French Club Video

The students of the French Club created a video in French as part of an application for a grant from the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques.  In the video, they describe their desire to heighten interest in French and help children better understand the historical importance of French in Maine.



Bonjour Everyone!

Due to changes in Augusta’s School district policies, Buker Community Center is no longer able to promote their community classes directly to the students this semester – which translated with a huge drop in registration and attendance to all the classes at Buker – including our very own “Fun in French for Kids”.

I also had a few families that mentioned that although they were interested, they would be missing 2 Saturdays or more and therefore didn’t register….

Sooo, in order to make it easier for everyone and simply to keep the ball rolling with this class that I really don’t want to cancel,  I’m now giving the option of simply paying-per-class.  Show up whichever dates you can and learn and sing French for an hour!    Classes will be small, which means more individual attention – during our first Saturday, our very small class was able to learn 10 different color names, count 1 to 10 and sing 2 new songs while playing games and having fun – not bad for an hour!

So I invite all of you to come – when you can – at either of these dates Saturdays Sept 28th, October 12th and 26th, and November 2nd and 16th.  From 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m at Buker Community Centerlocated at 22 Armory St. in Augusta.

If you register for the whole season, the price is now $42, (since one Saturday has passed) otherwise you can pay-per-lesson instead for $10 per family.     I’m also changing the price to include a family  package instead of charging per Student.    So if you have 3 children – it just $42/semester (or $10/class) for the whole family instead of per student.

As before, A parent, grandparent or adult caregiver must accompany each child or pair of siblings. In most cases the adults end up having as much fun, if not more, than the children!

If you would like more information, please to not hesitate to contact me at , by email at joellemezzo@gmail.com or simply show up at Buker Center on the Saturdays mentioned above.  I hope to see you soon!



Joelle Morris
Joelle Morris Voice Studio - http://joellemorris.com/
Music Director - CODA Chorus
Choral Director - Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Augusta, ME
Voice faculty - Midcoast School of Music, Portland
Mobile: 207-446-4860