By Hira Khan ’19 and Rubhiyah Chaudhry ’19
When we first hear about a language class or a club, one would assume it’s a place to learn the language. Most people’s perception of French club is that it’s about teaching the language of France. French Club is dedicated to educating its member about the unique French culture.
French is the official language in 29 different countries and is unofficially spoken in 52 different countries. Culture is an important part of these people’s lives. It influences their decisions and who they eventually become.
When building a relationship, it helps to have perspective and an understanding of people’s culture. The same can be said about a language and its country.
“The purpose of French Club is to expose students to different French culture due to the large popularity of the language,” said Ms. Marly Jean-Baptiste, the adviser of the French Club.
Students in French Club do not need to have previous knowledge of the language to be part of the club. The club is a place where everyone is welcome and a place to connect with your fellow peers though common interest.
“When you first join a club you, for the most part, don’t know anyone there,” said Tahiyat Chowdhury ’18, the president of the French Club. “We all came here, for one thing, French, our love of French culture and the language that brings us together.”
French Club does several hands-on activities such as making food and building French structures. Their latest experiment was making crepes. They also watch movies and take trips. Members can cook in the club, which makes this really different from a traditional French class.
The club has also been known to host cheese-tasting parties, in which club members bring in different types of French cheese to taste.
“Expose the club to unique French practices,” said Ms. Jean-Baptiste. “Which is why every year we hold a French Canadian thanksgiving.”
The French Club is also known for participating in serving the school’s community. For example, it organized the Haitian festival in the cafeteria in 2011 and 2012.
“A really good way to learn about the culture is when you can do it for yourself,” said Maryan Khan ’19, a longtime member of the French Club. “I had hoped to learn more about French history and how the language connects people to the culture.”
If you want to learn more about the history of the language, then join French Club, which meets every Friday in room 433 to discuss different Francophone cultures.