Welcome to the French Club at UMA!

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’re in the right place. 

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.

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!

French Club Activity Archives

Visit to l’École française du Maine

The 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”!

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We had a great visit to L’École française du Maine!


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The French Club visited L’École française du Maine and read children’s books to the students.
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Louise Tanguay Ricker speaks to the students about their work.

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.