There are usually 2 French Classes on offer - Intermediate and Advanced. The atmosphere in both is relaxed, supportive and friendly with a good mix of members. The venue is the Northern Arts Club, 8 Bon Accord Square in the centre of Aberdeen.
PROSPECTIVE CLASS MEMBERS
CHANGE OF FORMAT
PLEASE NOTE - Due to illness of the class tutor, and following a meeting of class members on 9/9, it has been decided that classes will continue and be STUDENT LED.
To share & support this format, a rota will be drawn up for different individuals to chair each class. Additionally,two class co-ordinators have been appointed - Lizann Carwood for Intermediates and David Craig for Advanced.
Can you help? Volunteers, including native French speakers, are sought to assist in teaching the classes on an ad hoc or regular basis. Please get in touch with any suggestions.
There is a class size maximum and both classes fill up fast! Feel free to flag your interest via the email blue bird icon from this page and you will be waitlisted until a vacancy occurs. If a place becomes available, you will be given the opportunity to try a class for free before making a financial commitment.
COSTS - In addition to the annual U3A fee, class fees are payable per term - £12 for Intermediate, £18 for Advanced.
Both of the above are paid direct to the U3A Treasurer using an enrolment form available from the Summer newsletter or downloadable from the website.
PLUS -£2 per term contribution towards handouts & sundry costs payable direct to the class leader at the start of each term (September & February).
Usually, classes meet formally from September until June, in the afternoons, of the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. There are 2 terms - Term 1 runs Sept-Jan & Term 2 -Feb-June.
DATES 2019-20 TERM 1
DECEMBER - 9 ** see homework below
16 - Joint class Xmas lunch at 12.30 @ Aperitivo
** please confirm attendance to Frances
Gray in the Intermediate class.
JANUARY - 13 & 27
**HOMEWORK 9/12 **
INTERMEDIATE CLASS -
1. Using Façon de Parler 2, prepare from the bottom of page
28 'à vous' to the end of page 32. Pay attention to un
peu de grammaire on page 30
ADVANCED CLASS -
1. On 9/12 - the class will consist of
- listening to any outstanding contributions on 3 things you
would consider/do if you won the lottery.
- peruse questions 1 - 10 from the Beaujolais Nouveau
- write & discuss a Noel subject from the individual ticket
drawn on the various world countries.
- some input fom the guest class chair rep.
GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION
1. INTERMEDIATE CLASS - 13.00 - 14.00 hrs
This class is suitable for those who attended the
Beginners' class in 2016 - 17 or those who would like to
refresh their competence before moving to an Advaced class.
Please note that the course book for the 2019-20 year is -
Façon de Parler (5th edition) by Angela Ariès &
Dominique Debney, published by John Murray Learning.
2. ADVANCED CLASS - 14.15 - 15.45 hrs
To get the most out of this class, you must already
have a basic understanding of speaking French.
Usually the class includes a brief revision of
grammar, but the emphasis is on reading, listening
and conversing in French on topical news and culture.
We also prepare some thoughts on a topic to share in
** WANTED **
- Further Ideas for topics for Group discussion.
- volunteers to present a 15 minute topic to the
Please advise if you will be absent from a class. Use the blue bird icon on this page to send an email. On return to the class, please ask for any missed handouts.
OTHER SOURCES OF INTEREST:
- DVD Library.Please remember to return these.
- Petit Nicolas videos on You Tube for your amusement
- podcasts in French on www.joinusinfrance.com
- lawlessfrench.com (see link opposite) to practice your listening skills.
- French music video clips of Francis Cabrel, Louane, Michel Sardou, Jacques Brel, Guy Béart, Charles Trenet on YouTube music.
- For topical global news in French, have a look at the French Press link opposite - afp.
- For several live French tv channels, try France TV Pro, Les JT de 13 heures on TV1 or France 24. If you have a smart tv, you can access France 24 on channel 271.
- Check out Salianne' s blog of interesting articles from link opposite.
- Some ideas to build up listening skills, look out for French films with sub-titles when these are shown on TV & in local cinemas e.g. The Belmont (see link opposite) or try switching the language setting to french when playing DVD's. Search You tube for french films and other content. Listen to french music on Amazon Prime or other music apps.
Also the Aberdeen branch of the Franco-Scottish Society (see link) hold monthly interesting talks delivered in French. See the details of their 2019 -20 programme on their website.