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French and Francophone Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


French & Francophone Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures
and Cultures

314 Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312
Office Hours: Monday - Friday,
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fax: (413)545-4778



French Placement Guidelines

Thatcher House French Language Program

UMass International Programs Office

UMass Translation Center

ThumbnailIn the field of French and Francophone Studies, we maintain a two-fold objective: to enable our students to achieve a competent command of the French language in its spoken and written forms, and to help them develop an in-depth familiarity with the literatures, cultures and societies of both France and the French-speaking world.


News and Upcoming Events

Distinguished Teaching Award Finalists!

Congratulations to Vanessa Duffy and Ryan Coburn, who have been named finalists in the annual campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award competition! Vanessa and Ryan are MA students and Teaching Assistants in the French and Francophone Studies Program, and this is the first time that the program has had two instructors in the same year reach the final round of the highly competitive DTA selection process. Their success testifies to the strong tradition of French teaching excellence at UMass Amherst and builds on the impressive showing that our French graduate instructors have made in the DTA competition in recent years. Vanessa already reached the final round of the competition once before in the spring of 2014, and Kimberly Buescher (MA, '09) won the Distinguished Teaching Award in the spring of 2009.



Every Monday, 2-4 pm, Herter Hall third-floor lounge (near the elevators)

Looking for an opportunity to practice speaking French? Stop by at our weekly pause-café on Mondays from 2 to 4 pm, and come chat with us in French over coffee and cookies.


Test de connaissance du français

The next testing session of the TCF (tout public) will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 10 am. To register, please complete and return the registration form by the deadline of October 10, 2016.

For more information about the test, please consult the official TCF website, as well as the Manuel du candidat for the version of the test that interests you. Test preparation is available through TV5 Monde, Radio France Internationale, and Éditions Didier. For inquiries, please contact the Director of the UMass Amherst TCF Examination Center, Prof. Philippe Baillargeon.