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?

 1) You may stop by for a twenty-minute walk-in appointment during posted times.

 2) Twenty-minute appointments may be scheduled with the consultant outside of the posted times.  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. Carol Wilson
Office:  MAK B-2-246
Availability: Tuesdays 9-10 am, Thursdays 11-12 noon, and by appointment.

If you have any questions about the French Writing Center, please e-mail Prof. Wilson at

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 instructor’s rubrics for evaluation, if any.

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

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

Please click here for a checklist that will help you work on your writing assignment and get ready for an appointment with a consultant from the French Writing Center.  

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

Page last modified December 15, 2014