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French Writing Center

What is the French Writing Center?

The French Writing Center is for students in upper-division classes (300-400 level) to receive assistance with their writing assignments. We can help you to brainstorm for topic ideas, develop theses for your papers, organize your essays, learn how to revise and collaborate in the proofreading process, identify grammar error patterns, and locate sentence or punctuation errors.

However, we will not help you correct the individual grammar or spelling errors. In this way you will practice skills that will improve your long-term writing ability. The process of becoming a better writer is not achieved through writing consultants simply correcting your errors. The purpose is to help you develop stronger writing skills, but it does not guarantee higher grades on individual essays.

Make sure to use BonPatron Pro, the Online Spelling and Grammar Checker for French as a Second Language, in the LRC (MAK D-2-221) before coming to the French Writing Center.


How Do I Make an Appointment?

Twenty-minute appointments may be scheduled with the consultant via email. You may schedule a twenty-minute appointment by e-mailing the consultant at least 2 days in advance ( You will receive confirmation by e-mail. Please show up on time for your appointment.

Prof. Evelyne Leffondre-Matthews
Office:  MAK B-2-255



How Do I Prepare For My Appointment?

Please come prepared with ideas of what you would like to work on with the consultant, including:

  • An idea of your own goals for the consultation, along with specific questions.

  • A concrete sense of the assignment. Bring a copy of the document outlining it. Also, bring any other documents with your instructors rubrics for evaluation, if any.

  • A copy of your paper and drafts with your instructors comments, if any. If you are writing about a text, bring it as well.

  • The will, energy, and time to improve your writing.

Grand Valley State University
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 1 Campus Dr. B-2-243 MAK Allendale, MI 49401 ph. 616.331.3203