UHSSE says bonjour to French Club

President of the French Club, Safia Ali ‘25 showing off the French Club board.

Did you know that the University High School has a French Club?

It is run by Spanish teacher, Dr. Adina Alexandru and Spanish teacher, Mr. Richard Incorvatti.

Dr. Alexandru decided to start the French club for students who express their desire to learn another language besides the one that’s offered by the school.

Meetings are every day during the activity block. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays there are language classes taught by Dr. Alexandru. Thursdays and Fridays are culture classes taught by Mr. Incorvati.

Not all French club members come every day. They swap out depending on other things they have to do in the morning, but the total number of students is around 25. There are usually 10-15 students per class.

In the first week of the French Club, they focused on French cuisine. They participate in hands-on activities and move around the room to introduce themselves. They also went over recipes that students could make. And over March break the members were assigned to make it at home to share with their families and bring back pictures to share with the rest of the club.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the large number of students who participated and it was encouraging to see how enthusiastic they are,” said Dr. Alexandru.

The French club is doing really well for a club that started at the end of the school year.

“It’s a very fun and interactive learning experience. You don’t need to be a pro to have fun in the French Club,” said Sofia Ali, the club president. Ali is so interested in French that she studies it at home.

“Language learning is a skill that can only be improved if you build on it. So if you come once a month, or once every other week you’re going to gain little. But if you come every day or almost every day you’ll see significant progress” said Dr. Alexandru.

The French club is open to everyone, you don’t have to have been coming from the beginning, you can join at any activity block. If you have the desire to learn a different language besides the one the school offers, you can come to attend the club instead of being in the commons.

Even if you don’t want to fully commit yet, you can go in one morning and see if that’s something you would want to be a part of.

Dr. Alexandru, Mr. Incorvatti and the French Club hope to see you at the next meeting!