Thursday, October 19, 2017

La Trobe University French Club 2017 Sem 2


Hello World! This is La Trobe University French Club announcing that we're back for semester two with a fun raft of activities including our weekly conversation sessions! If you have a hankering for French conversation-ing you will find us at the Eagle Bar on campus from 4:30 to 6 each Thursday. All levels are welcome, especially newbies! We are always looking for new members to join the French Club, and to be a part of the French Club committee. If you are interested, please contact us.

If you have any ideas about what we should do this semester send them to us on Facebook.


Salut tout le monde. La Trobe University French Club est à la retour ce trimestre avec nos discussions une fois par semaine. Si vous avez un désir de parler en français, vous devrez nous trouver au Eagle Bar sur campus chaque jeudi 16h30 à 19h . Tous les niveaux sont les
bienvenues, particulièrement les bleus et, si vous souhaitez y venir les locuteurs natifs aussi!

Si vous avez des idées sur ce que nous devrions fare, envoyez les nous sur Facebook.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

French Down Under: Australian News


If you’ve ever wanted some help finding Australian news in French, this is the post for you. The La Trobe French Club has a short list of francophone outlets operating in Australia below.


SBS French

SBS logo
"Vous écoutez au programme de SBS French"

The SBS broadcasts the news in French with a mix of in-house and rebroadcasted content. They cover the most important international and local news as well as noting local French events all across Australia. 

Difficulty: perhaps a little difficult for beginners and even early intermediate students, SBS’s news broadcast is in a quick but clear French without a transcription.

Link to SBS French portal (audio available for streaming). Link to SBS French Facebook page. Or consider using their app SBS radio. Also available through any good podcast app near you!

France 2

Logo of France 2
France 2 is a French national public broadcaster rebroadcast on SBS HD from 8:40AM to 9:30 AM.  The 20 heures (8 pm) news program covers French national news, important international events and generally finishes with several cultural items.

Difficulty: Intermediate. France 2, while fairly fast, provides many visual cues as to the topic. Additionally French subtitles are available when watching on the France TV Info website: look under the JT tab for the 20 heures program to find it.

Link to SBS on Demand. Link to FranceTV Info website. 

Le petit journal
Lepetitjournal.com logo.

Le petit journal is an international & online newspaper aimed at French expatriates in Australia as well as other francophones. Covers local news, national news and links to international news by from other Le petit journal editions.

Difficulty: Intermediate. There is no English version available but as you can read at your own pace and consulate dictionaries if need be it is not too difficult.

Link to Le Petit Journal Melbourne. Link to Le Petit Journal Sydney.

Le courier Australien 
Front page of the Courier Australien from 1892.


Description: An outlet publishing in both French and English,  le Courier Australien is a long lasting newspaper that become online only several years. Covers a wide range of content.

Difficulty: Intermediate but as content is available in English and French, a good place to start reading French news.

Link to Courier Australien (en). Link to Courier Australien (fr).



This very short list is of course in no way a complete list of French news sources available in Australia but it does cover four news sources that are very accessible in terms of having local content or being available across the nation.




Tuesday, August 29, 2017

French Club Cheese Tasting

You are invited to the French Club Cheese Tasting this Thursday, 30th of March! Come along to a selection of French Cheeses provided by the French Club. It'll be great! 🇫🇷 🇫🇷 🇫🇷 We'll be in the Eagle Bar from 4:30. See you there :)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Movie Night!


Hello French Clubbians, please come along to our movie night on the ninth of July! Bring along some snacks and enjoy the atmosphere with fellow francophiles. Find further information on our facebook page!

Bonjour French Club, vous êtes cordialement invités à notre soirée cinéma sur le 9 juillet! Apportez des snacks et profitez de l'ambiance avec des autres francophiles. Pour plus d’informations, allez sur notre page Facebook.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Melbourne Event: Alliance Française Open Day

Discover all things French that the Alliance Française de Melbourne has to offer at their forthcoming Open Day!


Enjoy complimentary coffee and croissants, test your language skills during one of the speed testing sessions organised throughout the day and attend a free trial class (for adults and children aged 6 to 12).

What? Free croissants and activities!

When? 10am to 2pm, Saturday 14 September.
Where? Alliance Française, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda (off Fitzroy Street).

Monday, August 26, 2013

Open Day


Yesterday, It was Open day @ La Trobe University. A great opportunity for the French Club to be present and give an hand to the Staff . We can thank Simone, Nopporn and Sam for being here and talk about the French Program and the French Club.

They can talk better than a teacher about their real experience of French @ La Trobe and were give a real feedback of the program. With this event, we prove once again that the French Club is very active and French community @ La Trobe is a real bonus.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Melbourne French Theatre: Auditions for “Espèces Menacées”

MTF auditions are opening soon!
The life of mild-mannered accountant Yvon Lemouël hits turbulence when he picks up a briefcase identical to his, but containing an enormous amount of cash at the railway station... A brilliant play of comic mayhem, lies and hapless misunderstanding, Espèces Menacées by Ray Cooney is the forthcoming production from the Melbourne French Theatre and is seeking a cast!

As always, the production will be entirely in French with English sur-titles (just like sub-titles, but projected overhead). So, can you speak French? Are you fabulously dashing and courageous and funny? Are you available from the end of June till 7 September 2013? Then direct yourself post haste to the company’s website to register your interest!

When? Auditions are being held on June 22 and 24.
Where? 203 to 205 Canning Street, Carlton. Corner Neill Street. Enter via corner door.
More info? Enquiries should be directed to (03) 9349 2250. Stay abreast of MTF news on their website and Facebook.

Podcast: Pascale Chifflet’s Careers Seminar

From the procedural intricacies of prosecuting war criminals to the difficulties of mastering the English accent, Pascale Chifflet’s lecture at the French Club’s inaugural Careers Seminar was nothing short of awe-inspiring! A former Legal Officer and Legal Translator at the United Nations International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Pascale opened up about her life, career and the mechanisms of this impressive legal institution. Now available as a free podcast.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Le Goût de la Francophonie Wrap-Up

Today, the French Club took to the Agora for a spectacular food event: Le Goût de la Francophonie! Featuring food from around the French-speaking world, today was an opportunity to discover culinary delights from France, Belgium, North Africa and Mauritius.

Not only did the 2013 French Club Committee display some exceptional culinary prowess (with special mentions going to our head chefs, Nawsheen, Jess and Adrianna!), but we also had the good fortune to attract the attention of some French exchange students, who assisted us with our crepe-making techniques!

With perfect weather and lots of wonderful people coming along, Le Goût de la Francophonie not only provided scrumptious global delicacies but was also a perfect setting to catch up with club members, new and old alike. Merci to everyone who came and enjoyed this beautiful day with us!




Friday, April 5, 2013

Interview: Alex Perrin, fondatrice de La Petite Bibliothèque

It is with immense pride and excitement that we chat to Alexandra Perrin, who last year launched La Petite Bibliothèque, La Trobe French Club’s very own French library! Although still only in its infancy, La Petite Biblio has already grown enormously and is a unique resource available to all La Trobe French students.


How did La Petite Biblio get started?

I don’t remember exactly. I came to Australia with some books, and I didn’t know what to do of them after reading, so I put them in the office. It started with ten books on a shelf.

La Petite Biblio has grown enormously over the past year! How has this happened?

I gave a lot of my books. But I’m a huge reader of sci-fi, fantasy, young adult and manga. I wanted opinions from other people, so I contact  friends and community members from a big French forum to see if some wanted to get involved, help and give some books. I am still surprised that over 500 books has been donated to this project.