The Fanfare

  • December 11Happy holidays!

  • December 11Have a great break!

  • December 11Today in history: In 1951, Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball

Parlez vous Français?

The French Club hosts the first ever “La Table Française”

Samir Saeed, Staff Writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Maty Harb
FRENCH ONLY, PLEASE: From left: Caroline Merrill ’18, Cali Governale ’20, Marissa Streng ’20, Alexis Scarlett ’20, Sloane Daley ’20, Leila Pyrczak ’19 practicing their French at the very first “La Table Française.”

On Oct. 27, if you walked through the lunchroom, you might have been surprised to hear some of your fellow classmates having lunch together while chatting in French. French teacher Maty Harb, along with the French Ambassadors and the French Club hosted the very first “La Table Française,” an elegant affair with crisp, white tablecloths and sparkling red, white and blue centerpieces. This event, to which each French student received a handwritten invitation, was arranged by Harb to give these students the opportunity to speak French in a less formal setting.

“Our purpose is to foster and encourage a love and appreciation for the French language and culture,” said Harb.

To guide these students in their conversations, Harb enlisted the help of the French Ambassadors, students who are fluent in French but unable to participate in French Club. One of these Ambassadors, Nadine Elkasri ’19, loved that the event provided a no-pressure atmosphere to practice French.

“It was a great opportunity for people to be more comfortable with the French language,” Elkasri said.  “Even if they made mistakes, nobody cared.”

The French students also thought that the lunch was a great success and appreciated the opportunity to practice their French language skills outside of class. As student Maroula Pavlakos ’21 said, it was interesting to have conversations with “students in all levels of French and seeing how we do in an all-French environment.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Samir Saeed, Section Editor

Samir Saeed is a sophomore who has attended Berkeley since Pre-K. In addition to writing for The Fanfare, he participates in Latin Club, History Bowl and...

Leave a Comment

All comments will go through review by the Web Editor before being posted.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Parlez vous Français?

    Features

    Getting to Know: Ms. Sarah McDaniels and Ms. Molly Stevenson

  • Parlez vous Français?

    Features

    Humans of Berkeley: Marissa Streng

  • Parlez vous Français?

    Features

    Freshman Year: New Teachers, New Environment, New Friends

  • Parlez vous Français?

    Features

    DIY Corsage and Boutonniere

  • Parlez vous Français?

    Features

    An Eventful Exchange

  • Parlez vous Français?

    Features

    Chase Barrs Loves the Grind

  • Parlez vous Français?

    Features

    Humans of Berkeley: Ethan Folkman

  • Parlez vous Français?

    Features

    Humans of Berkeley: Michael Wax

  • Parlez vous Français?

    Features

    Preschool’s Summer of Excellence: Learning the Importance of Social and Emotional Maturity

  • Parlez vous Français?

    Fall Sports

    Fall Tailgate

Navigate Right