We offer beginning and intermediate language courses in French and Italian for the major and minor, supported by an extensive and distinctive curriculum of courses based on literary texts, film, cultural and historical documents, and other media.
La Maison Francophone
La Maison Francophone, also known as Bailey House, is a coed residence for about 30 students, a French-speaking faculty member, and two graduate assistants from France. Founded in 1927, it is one of the oldest language-based program houses in the United States. Here students learn and speak the language, have meals together, and engage in social activities.
Our faculty has specialties in French language, cinema, literature, cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries, linguistics, French theater, and the Enlightenment period.
“At all levels, my goal is the same: To help, challenge, coach, provoke, inspire, and collaborate with Oberlin students in their acquisition of the French language and their exploration of the multifaceted, storied culture that French has always carried with it, in metropolitan France and in many corners of the world.”
Matthew Senior, Chair, Department of French and Italian
December 17, 2020
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